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Christian Pulisic heroics give Chelsea upper hand over Real Madrid in Champions League semifinals

Chelsea, Real Madrid, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, Thomas Tuchel, Karim Benzema

Chelsea heads back to Stamford Bridge with a crucial away goal after a 1-1 result in Madrid on Tuesday in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals.

Chelsea had numerous chances to score within the opening minutes even, with Timo Werner missing an absolute sitter for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

Christian Pulisic eventually broke the deadlock for the visitors, bagging a 14th-minute goal. Antonio Rudiger found the American with a terrific ball over the top, where Pulisic took on a couple of Los Blancos defenders then fired home for the lead. The 22-year-old became the first US-born player ever to score in a UCL semifinal.

But, it wasn’t long after until Karim Benzema equalized for the La Liga giants. Just minutes after banging the woodwork with a brilliant hit, the Frenchman beat Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy with a volley.

Both sides exchanged opportunities, but they were unable to find the back of the net again. The Blues now return to West London with the upper hand as they prepare for next week’s second leg.

With the draw, Madrid extended their unbeaten streak to 17 matches, while Chelsea has won four consecutive games. It’s sure to be a fun-filled reverse tie next week, with a spot in the Champions League final on the line. Manchester City and PSG meanwhile, face off on Wednesday in the other semifinal.