Champions League 2022, Real Madrid vs Chelsea, news, scores, result, updates, Bayern Munich vs Villareal

Real Madrid has dumped title holders Chelsea out of the Champions League 5-4 on aggregate in a thrilling quarter final despite losing the second leg 3-2 in extra time.

Having lost 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, the Blues were 15 minutes away from pulling off a staggering comeback when Timo Werner made it 3-0 in the 75th minute in Madrid.

But Real Madrid’s 36-year-old midfielder Luka Modric showed his immense technical ability with a sublime pass that teed up Brazilian substitute Rodrygo to level the tie on aggregate in the 80th minute.

And in extra time, it was 34-year-old French forward Benzema who ended Chelsea’s fightback with a thunderous header, having scored a hat-trick that included two superb heads in the first leg.

They will next face either Manchester City or rivals Atletico Madrid in the last four, while Bayern Munich were also dumped out in a stunning boilover that saw Spanish underdogs Villareal move into the final four.

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Chelsea's English midfielder Mason Mount celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg football match between Real Madrid CF and Chelsea FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on April 12, 2022. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)
Chelsea’s English midfielder Mason Mount celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg football match between Real Madrid CF and Chelsea FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on April 12, 2022. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)Source: AFP

Madrid claimed the first leg 3-1 in England courtesy of a Karim Benzema hat-trick, a result that had the Blues needing to overturn an incredible record boasted by the Spaniards of just one defeat in their last 17 quarterfinal matches at home.

An early Mason Mount goal and a controversial second from Antonio Rudiger in the second half put the English side level 3-3 on aggregate – but with the away goals rule scrapped, they needed to win the two-match tie outright.

They made it 3-0 through Timo Werner, before Madrid maestro Luka Modric played a pinpoint pass to substitute Rodrygo to level the tie on aggregate with ten minutes remaining in regular time.

After a quarter of an hour, Timo Werner flicked the ball to Mount on the edge of the area, with the England international controlling the ball well before finishing with aplomb.

In an engrossing clash, Mount added his name to the assist column in the 51st minute after Chelsea were wrongly awarded a corner when a Reece James strike from the edge of the box went wide of the goal. Luka Modric was enraged when the referee claimed the shot had been deflected off his boot – and Madrid soon became even more unhappy when Mount’s resulting cross found an unmarked Antonio Rudiger who made no mistake with the cross.

Referee HOWLER sees Blues goal | 00:42

On the hour mark it appeared that Chelsea had scored the all-important third, when Mount robbed possession and fed Marcos Alonso. His initial shot was blocked by Dani Carvajal, before lashing a follow-up half-volley into the top corner – but in the process of controlling the rebound off Carvajal, the ball had deflected onto his hand and VAR rightly ruled out the goal.

Almost as soon as the action resumed, Karim Benzema struck the crossbar with a powerful header.

But German forward Werner – often maligned for his performances since moving to Chelsea – delivered what seemed to be the killer blow in the 75th minute when he was fed into the area. He patiently dummied a defender before unleashing a shot under Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois.

MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 12: Marcos Alonso of Chelsea handles the ball in the lead up to a goal which was later disallowed by a VAR decision during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg Two match between Real Madrid and Chelsea FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 12, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez / Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

But Madrid turned up the pace and increased the pressure on Chelsea, and their added intensity began to tell.

In the 80th minute Modric unleashed a moment of magic, feeding substitute Rodrygo into the area with a sublime outside of the boot pass, and the substitute made no mistake from close range.

In extra time, 34-year-old Frenchman Benzema struck his 38th goal of the season – and his 12th in the Champions League this campaign – when he was found unmarked ten yards from the goal from a brilliantly chipped Vinicius Jnr cross and powered his header home.

Chelsea bombed forward in search of an equalizer, with Kai Havertz spurning a sensational chance to level when his 117th-minute header – unmarked inside the box – went wide of the post.

Jorginho missed another great chance when he shot wide following a corner, and Madrid held on for a famous win.

BAYERN STUNNED BY VILLAREAL

Villarreal dumped Bayern Munich out of the Champions League on Tuesday, Samuel Chukwueze’s 88th-minute strike at the Allianz Arena giving the Spaniards a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their quarter-final tie that took them through 2-1 on aggregate.

Robert Lewandowski had put Bayern ahead on the night to level the tie on aggregate after Villarreal’s 1-0 first-leg win, and extra time loomed until Chukwueze struck.

The result means Bayern Munich exit the Champions League in the quarter-finals for the second year running.

Villarreal are into the semi-finals for the first time since 2006 and will play either Liverpool or Benfica in the last four. The English side take a 3-1 lead into Wednesday’s second leg at Anfield.

Unai Emery’s Villarreal soaked up everything Bayern threw at their defense, aside from Lewandowski’s strike early in the second half.

It was a heart-breaking night for Bayern, who dominated for most of the match before Chukwueze scored just four minutes after coming on.

BAYERN OUT! Villareal nab late winner | 00:32

Bayern started with urgency, but the Villarreal defense was alert to every threat.

Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann changed formation, opting for a three-man defense instead of a back four.

Villarreal were pinned in their own half for most of the first half as Benjamin Pavard, Dayot Upamecano and Lucas Hernandez dictated play from the back.

Yet for all their domination of possession, a header by Jamal Musiala straight at Villarreal goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli was Bayern’s only clear chance of a goalless first half.

Lewandowski, who was largely well marshalled, earned the first booking of the game.

The Villarreal back four worked tirelessly throughout, but left-back Pervis Estupinan had a particularly busy first half as Leroy Sane constantly probed down the flank.

Bayern finally broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute.

A loose pass out of defense only got as far as Kingsley Coman, who moved the ball to Thomas Mueller.

The Germany star slipped the ball into the path of Lewandowski, who managed to get his shot past two defenders and the diving Rulli.

The Poland striker let out a primal scream to celebrate his 13th goal in 10 Champions League games this season.

Bayern kept up the pressure as Mueller went close with a diving header and was left with his head in his hands, as was Coman when he fired over soon after.

Nagelsmann sent on some fresh legs in a bid to get a decisive second goal inside the 90 minutes by bringing on Serge Gnabry and Alphonso Davies.

However, Villarreal stunned the home crowd when Gerard Moreno broke down the left.

He put in a low cross which Chukwueze sent spinning over Neuer to send the Spaniards through.

– AFP

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