Ten-man Chelsea lose first leg to Real Madrid

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After falling to league champion Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, Chelsea must do everything in their power to get to the Champions League semi-finals.

Carlo Ancelotti, the manager of Real Madrid, had the ideal start against his previous team thanks to Karim Benzema’s tap-in, his 90th goal in the competition.

Before Ben Chilwell was given a straight red card in the 59th minute for fouling Rodrygo as the Brazilian forward threatened to go clean through on goal, Real Madrid struggled to extend their lead.

MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 12: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid competes with Thiago Silva of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal first leg match between Real Madrid and Chelsea FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 12, 2023 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

Despite Chelsea’s valiant effort, Real managed to score a second goal through Marco Asensio after the visitors were caught off guard by a short corner.

After a lackluster effort against Wolves in Frank Lampard’s return game, they carried a greater attacking threat and created opportunities for themselves.

When there was no score, Joao Felix forced Thibaut Courtois to make a shrewd save. Then, the former Chelsea goalkeeper made a superb diving save to prevent Raheem Sterling from tying the score.

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