Champions League: Chelsea breeze past Real Madrid to reach final

Chelsea demolished Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final to reach their first CL final since 2012. Goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount secured a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to win the tie 3-1 on aggregate.

The crucial away goal had given Chelsea a narrow advantage heading into the second leg. Even though Chelsea missed a lot of chances in the second leg, Real Madrid hardly threatened the goal. They were catching Madrid on the break time and time again but couldn’t convert these chances to make it an emphatic victory.

Captain Sergio Ramos came back from injury straight back into starting XI. Madrid controlled possession from kickoff without creating any notable chances. Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was not consistently troubled by Los Blancos, but he pulled off two superb saves in the first half to deny Karim Benzema.

Chelsea got the lead in the 28th minute when Kai Havertz was played in by N’Golo Kante. The German forward saw his dinked effort over Thibaut Courtois rebound off the bar and Werner was first to head home from close range.

The English club started the second half stronger by dominating the possession and creating chances at regular intervals. Havertz had smashed the crossbar with a towering header, while Courtois made two brilliant saves to stop Chelsea from doubling the lead in the second. Mason Mount eventually gave Chelsea breathing space by scoring late in the second half. The return to the Bridge was not good for two former Chelsea players Eden Hazard and Courtois. Hazard was kept quiet by César Azpilicueta, while Courtois was unfortunate to concede two goals.

Chelsea is going to face Manchester City in Istanbul on May 29  in an all-English final for the second time in three years. The London-based club has a chance to complete a remarkable turnaround under Thomas Tuchel by winning FA Cup and CL finals.

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