Champions League: Real Madrid survive stunning Chelsea fightback, Villarreal stun Bayern to reach semis

Real Madrid put up an exciting Chelsea backlash to secure their place in the Champions League semi-finals after losing 3-2 after extra time at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, leaving them going 5-4 in total.

Chelsea looked on course to make an astonishing comeback after taking a 3-0 lead in their second leg quarter-final with goals from Mason Mount, Antonio Rudiger and an outstanding individual effort from Timo Werner.

Still, the hosts came roaring back, with Rodrygo finishing with a great pass from Luka Modric to tie the score 4-4 and force extra time as Karim Benzema went home to decide a remarkable encounter.

Real Madrid now face Manchester City or Atletico Madrid in the last four.


Underdogs Villarreal scored an equalizer in the 88th minute via substitute Samuel Chukwueze to take a stunning 1-1 draw at Bayern Munich and advance to the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 2-1 aggregate win over the Germans .

Six-time European champions Bayern, who had won 12 of their previous 13 home games in the competition, tied the score when Robert Lewandowski drove the ball through the post after 52 minutes with his 13th Champions League goal of the season.

But despite controlling the match, they failed to score again.

Instead, it was Villarreal, the semi-finalist in 2006, who scored against the course of the game when Chukwueze defeated goalkeeper Manuel Neuer with a left foot attempt to silence the home crowd.

“We feel very lucky. Since the draw linked us to Bayern, we told ourselves we could do it,” said Villarreal striker Gerard Moreno. “The faith and the way this team competes has helped us achieve this.”

“In the first leg we made the mistake of not finishing the draw and all the comments serve as motivation for us. They made the mistake today of not killing us and we took advantage of that.”

Villarreal will face either Liverpool or Benfica in the last four, with the English side leading 3-1 after the first leg in Portugal, with the return at Anfield on Wednesday.

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