Follow live as Chelsea’s defence of the Champions League title continues this evening, with the Blues welcoming Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge for a quarter-final first leg.
In a rematch of one of last season’s semi-finals, where the Premier League side emerged as 3-1 aggregate winners, Chelsea and Real will vie to set up a last-four clash with either Manchester City or Atletico Madrid.
The game comes just four days after the Blues’ stunning 4-1 loss to Brentford in the Premier League, though their form was promising ahead of that shock result. Real, meanwhile, saw off Celta Vigo 2-1 at the weekend in a much-needed positive response to their 4-0 thrashing by rivals Barcelona in El Clasico.
The Spanish side – now managed by ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti – have won this competition more times than any other club (13) and showed their pedigree in the last round, with Karim Benzema scoring a second-leg hat-trick to secure an improbable comeback victory over Paris Saint-Germain. Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel’s Blues eased past Lille 4-1 over two games.
Follow all action from Stamford Bridge below:
CHELSEA VS REAL MADRID – LIVE
46’ – GOAL! Benzema completes hat-trick after Mendy howler (1-3)
40’ – GOAL! Havertz heads home to get Chelsea back in it (1-2)
24’ – GOAL! Benzema quickly at the double with a second headed goal (0-2)
21’ – GOAL! Benzema powers in a stunning header from Vini Jr’s cross (0-1)
11’ – CROSSBAR! Vini Jr hits the woodwork after a Real Madrid counter (0-0)
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