Chelsea continues to frustrate Real Madrid; City emerges triumphant over PSG.
Chelsea could not hold for too long and in the 29th minute, Benzema sent a powerful volley passed Mendy from a Militao assist to level the game.
The recently concluded first leg of the Champions League Semi Final round ended with Chelsea extending their unbeaten run over Spanish rivals Real Madrid, and a victory for the Citizens away from home against French side PSG.
The one-a-piece stalemate between Madrid and the Blues marked the second draw in all four encounters, the other two having been won by Chelsea. Tuchel fronted his usual front three in form of Timo Werner, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic to provide fire power. Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva and Christensen at the rear of the squad. Madrid on the other hand fronted Vinicius Kroos and Marcelo, dropping Isco, Rodrygo and Asensio to bench. Former Chelsea favorite Eden Hazard was also on bench.
10 minutes in, the Blues fired at goal in form of a Werner attempt, forcing a save from Courtois. Four minutes later, Chelsea took a well-deserved lead in a well struck Pulisic shot between two players and past the goalkeeper to put Chelsea a goal up in the 14th minute of the game, the goal scored with an assist from Rudiger.
Madrid were not to take their slip slightly, and came onto Chelsea with everything they got, exposing cracks in the backline. Benzema almost leveled the playing field with a lose 25-yard left-footed strike that bounced wide off the post.
Chelsea could not hold for too long and in the 29th minute, Benzema sent a powerful volley passed Mendy from a Militao assist to level the game. The remainder of the game was just a taste of wits, with none of the sides gaining and upper hand over another, sealing the stalemate.
PSG could not manage to hold down Pep Guardiola and his boys, have won all the last 18 away games and putting 46 goals passed their opponents in the process, a fate unto which the French side fell prey. The Parisians had dominated the first half and took the lead when Marqinhos struck and headed a cross from Di Maria into the bottom corner.
Thereafter, the match took a turn against PSG, the trickery employed by City evident in the Kevin De Bruyne cross that pulled the Citizens level when it fooled everyone and ended in the back of the net to make it a-goal-a-piece for the two sides in the 64th minute.
Manchester City then put another past PSG, Riyad Mahrez capitalizing on a defensive error from Paredes and Kimpembe that afforded him a gap through which he took a free kick in the 72nd minute to find the net.
Five minutes later, PSG were down to 10 men in the 77th minute when pressure from the opposition forced a risky challenge from Idrisa Gueye from the back to catch Gundogan with studs, earning him a straight red from the match official, and leaving the French side to look at options like Herrera to replace him in the second leg of the semifinal, half way tilted City-wards.