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Chelsea hold Madrid in CL semi

Published:Wednesday | April 28, 2021 | 12:22 AM
Real Madrid’s Eder Militao (left) and Chelsea’s Mason Mount fall down during the Champions League semi-final first leg match between Real Madrid and Chelsea at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Madrid, Spain, yesterday. The match ended 1-1.
Real Madrid’s Eder Militao (left) and Chelsea’s Mason Mount fall down during the Champions League semi-final first leg match between Real Madrid and Chelsea at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Madrid, Spain, yesterday. The match ended 1-1.

MADRID (AP):

Real Madrid and Chelsea drew 1-1 in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final yesterday, with Christian Pulisic becoming the first American to score in the tournament’s last four.

Karim Benzema equalized for Madrid on a rainy night at the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium in the first Champions League match since the controversial Super League folded last week amid widespread criticism.

The largely closed breakaway competition would have had Real Madrid as one of its leaders, and Chelsea also were among its founding members before being one of the first to give up on the idea along with the other English clubs. Madrid didn’t officially back out of the Super League, but had downplayed the possibility of retaliation by UEFA in their Champions League matches.

Chelsea got off to a fast start and had chances to add to their lead after Pulisic opened the scoring with a nice finish in the 14th minute. Madrid evened the match on Benzema’s volley from inside the area in the 29th, and there were few significant chances either way during the rest of the game.

The second leg is on May 5 in London. Manchester City host Paris Saint-Germain in the other semi-final today.