The UEFA Champions League 2020/21 semi-final tie between Real Madrid and Chelsea was a highly expected one for soccer fans. The Merengues landed to this stage after knocking a tough rival like Liverpool out, while the Blues finished the job and got past Porto to extend a deep run in the tournament.
Zinedine Zidane's team seems to be inspired every time they take part in a UCL game, and when they get close to the final rounds, there are always high expectations to see how they finish the campaign. On the other hand, Thomas Tuchel's arrival meant a huge boost for Chelsea, whose form changed completely under the German's guidance.
After shocking Atlético de Madrid in the Round of 16, the English side became a serious threat. Following their triumph over the Portuguese side, facing the winningest team of the competition came as a big challenge for Chelsea. Fans were thrilled for this clash, and they finally got to see these two face off after chaotic days amid European Super League controversy.
Pulisic shines, Hazard sees action as Chelsea and Real Madrid tie
Like any important UCL night, the soccer community was eager to see these two strong opponents taking on each other. There were multiple reasons for such excitement, asides from being a semifinal match. It meant a serious test for Tuchel's squad and former Chelsea star Eden Hazard was on the opposite side, for instance.
Early in the game, Christian Pulisic opened the score with a magnificent goal leaving Thibaut Courtois on the way. The USMNT star became the first American to be on target in a Champions League semi-final match and all also became the country's top scorer in this tournament. However, Karim Benzema put things level shortly after. During the match, fans didn't hesitate on reacting on social media to Pulisic's level, Timo Werner struggling, and many other hilarious topics.
Chelsea and Real Madrid will clash next week on Wednesday, May 5, at the Stamford Bridge for the second leg. The English team claimed an important result, although anything can happen as the series are still wide open.