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Real Madrid 1-1 Chelsea

Christian Pulisic scored the away goal that stands as the difference between Chelsea and Real Madrid after their Champions League semi-final first leg ended in a draw.

The American timed his run perfectly to beat the offside trap and run onto a ball from Antonio Rudiger in the 14th minute, finding himself with space and time to round Thibaut Courtois and score past two defenders on the line.

Chelsea made a very strong start, and Courtois had to make an important save against his former side in the 10th minute, sticking out a boot to deny Timo Werner from close range.

Pulisic scored what could be a crucial away goal four minutes later although Chelsea perhaps should have had more considering the space they were finding in attack, the final ball too often lacking.

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The first goal Real had conceded since the Clasico was followed by the torrential rain from that night.

Once Real found some rhythm Karim Benzema fired a long-range attempt off the far post midway through the half.

The Frenchman then equalised in the 29th minute, cushioning a header to himself before smashing in a volley after a corner routine to move level in fourth with Madrid legend Raul on 71 Champions League goals.

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Ex-Chelsea hero Eden Hazard was introduced off the bench in a significantly tighter second period with only a late Eder Militao deflected header going close.

Chelsea ultimately went one better than their female counterparts this week, their away goal giving them a slim advantage, but may rue not taking advantage of their early chances.

Click here for the match report from Chelsea’s previous victory at West Ham.

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