Real Madrid Wins 2-0 Real Madrid and Chelsea Set to Face Off in Champions League Quarterfinals

Real Madrid secured a 2-0 victory against Chelsea at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in the first leg of the 2023 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. The 'merengues' (a nickname for Real Madrid) gained a significant advantage for the upcoming second leg match, which will be held at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, April 18th. A thrilling encounter is expected between the two teams.

Real Madrid Wins 2-0 Real Madrid and Chelsea Set to Face Off in Champions League Quarterfinals

Real Madrid defeated Chelsea 2-0 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, with goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio. Under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, the 'merengues' delivered a decisive blow in the tournament's knockout stage.

Karim Benzema found the back of the net in the 21st minute, followed by Marco Asensio in the 74th minute, securing the goals for Real Madrid under the management of Carlo Ancelotti. Benjamin Chilwell of Chelsea received a red card in the 59th minute for a foul on Rodrygo, who was poised to score the second goal for Real Madrid. The next match will be a do-or-die situation for the English team.

The second half has kicked off!

MIN 50: Vinicius makes a dazzling run, Karim Benzema shows composure, and Luka Modric nearly scores a sensational goal.

MIN 74: GOOOOAL for Real Madrid! Marco Asensio brilliantly finishes to make it 2-0 against Chelsea.

The first half comes to an end!

MIN 21: GOOOOAL for Real Madrid! Karim Benzema scores after a play by Vinicius in Chelsea's penalty area.

Real Madrid lineup: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga; Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Rodrygo; Vinicius, Benzema. Chelsea lineup: Kepa; Chilwell, Koulibaly, Silva, Fofana; James, Kovacic, Fernández, Kanté; Sterling, Félix.

Current form: Real Madrid has been going through a rough patch in LaLiga Santander, with one draw, two wins, and two losses in their last five matches. Their latest defeat came over the weekend, losing 3-2 to Villarreal at their home ground in the Spanish capital. As a result, they currently sit in second place in the league table with 59 points, trailing 13 points behind league leaders Barcelona, who are the frontrunners for the domestic title.

However, prior to their match against Villarreal, Real Madrid had an impressive 4-0 victory against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey, which propelled them to the final. This recent success could serve as a boost for Karim Benzema and his teammates as they take on Chelsea.

Karim Benzema shone with a hat-trick in Real Madrid's last Copa del Rey match against Barcelona. (REUTERS)

The only setback for coach Carlo Ancelotti will be the absence of Ferland Mendy due to a calf injury. At the same time, the availability of David Alaba is also in doubt due to a muscular overload.

On the other hand, Chelsea is going through a chaotic period in the Premier League, as they have not secured a win in a month since their 3-1 victory against Leicester City. Since then, they have drawn twice and lost twice, leaving them in 11th place with 39 points, 14 points behind the Europa League qualification spot and 17 points behind the Champions League qualification spot. The Blues will need to start turning things around, as they are only 12 points away from the relegation zone.

Real Madrid Wins 2-0 Real Madrid and Chelsea Set to Face Off in Champions League Quarterfinals

The manager, Graham Potter, was sacked due to the poor performance of the London-based team. In response, Todd Boehly and the leadership of the English club decided to appoint Frank Lampard as interim head coach until the end of the season. However, for this match against Real Madrid, Chelsea will be without Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Armando Broja, all of whom are dealing with knee problems. Additionally, Mason Mount is doubtful due to an abdominal issue.

Frank Lampard has returned to Chelsea and will try to steer the team in the Premier League and the Champions League. (REUTERS)

Previous Encounter

The last time Real Madrid and Chelsea faced each other was on April 12, 2022, when despite losing 3-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, the Spanish team advanced to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League. Mason Mount (15'), Antonio Rudiger (51'), and Timo Werner (75') scored for the English side, while Rodrygo (80') and Karim Benzema (96') scored for Real Madrid.

Kickoff time and TV channel for Peru

The match between Real Madrid and Chelsea for the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals will be broadcasted on Tuesday, April 11, at 2:00 PM (Peru time) on ESPN. It can also be streamed on the Star Plus platform.

Real Madrid vs Chelsea: Possible lineups

Real Madrid: Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, Eduardo Camavinga; Aurelien Tchouameni, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Fede Valverde, Vinicius Jr., and Karim Benzema. Coach: Carlo Ancelotti.

Chelsea: Kepa; Reece James, Wesley Fofana, Kalidou Koulibaly, Ben Chilwell; N'Golo Kante, Enzo Fernandez, Mateo Kovacic; Raheem Sterling, Joao Felix, and Kai Havertz. Coach: Frank Lampard.

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