46′ Chelsea are making a half-time switch here, with Kovacic entering the fray to replace Christensen, as the Blues change system. 89′ Chelsea are doing all they can to work one last opening here, but Ancelotti’s team are maintaining their defensive shape brilliantly, as Mount misplaces a pass to gift the visitors a throw-in. Despite competition from the likes of Manchester United and PSG, Rudiger has agreed to join Carlo Ancelotti’s side. Marcelo (2014), Marco Asensio and Casemiro (both 2017) and Karim Benzema (2018) are looking to join the list of players to have scored in two finals. • Madrid have scored three or more goals in six of their last nine matches in all competitions, and in four of their last five UEFA Champions League matches. 80′ We’re into the final 10 minutes at Stamford Bridge, and all the noise is coming from the away end as Real Madrid edge towards a vital first-leg win.
90′ Nacho does well to clear James’ low cross from the right, before Rudiger overhits a lofted pass towards Lukaku. 72′ Chelsea earn a corner as James’ deep cross is flicked wide, but Ziyech’s excellent dead-ball delivery appears to hit Silva and bounce comfortably wide. 87′ James delivers a poor free-kick from a deep position, and Courtois can claim the ball with ease. The Blues tried to negotiate a deal for him to stay in west London but due to sanctions placed on Roman Abramovich and the subsequent UK Government special licence the club are operating under, they have been unable to continue talks for the past couple of months. 75′ Chelsea are still pushing for a route back into the game as we enter the final quarter of an hour. 66′ The visitors win the ball back after a scrappy period of play, and Havertz does well to work back and win a foul from Ferland Mendy near the Chelsea area.
Salah’s final attempt to find the back of the net was turned away again, as he appeared on the right-hand side of the penalty area and got past Ferland Mendy. Chelsea are giving it everything to find a route back into this encounter. But once he’s on the pitch he’s a shark and that’s what the best guys are. 83′ Although Real Madrid were gifted their all-important third goal at the start of this half, the LaLiga leaders have produced an excellent away performance, stroking the ball around with confidence earlier in the match and standing firm in their own half now. Real Madrid have never beaten Chelsea in European competition, but the dazzling duo of Benzema and Vinicius have given them a great chance of ending that run. • This is the first time the same clubs have met in three European Cup finals. Finally, Thomas Tuchel confirmed that this season would be the 28-year-old’s last in a Chelsea shirt.
Contract until 2026, there’s no option for further season. He is a key figure and will stay that way until the end of the season. He hadn’t played for a professional club before, hadn’t been exposed to the same level of coaching as the likes of Abraham, Boga, and several others. Will we get the same level of entertainment in the second period? It made him more aware of the demands placed upon young footballers, particularly in the English game. As a result, Real Madrid have made their move and persuaded the Stamford Bridge favourite to make the switch from London to Spain this summer. It’s full-time in West London, and Real Madrid will take a comfortable two-goal lead into next Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg! Le Real Madrid se redonne de l’air et sort de son camp. Thibaut Courtois manque son interception et se rattrape en captant le ballon dans les pieds de Kai Havertz. Nombreux sont les joueurs de classe mondiale à avoir évoluer dans l’effectif du Real Madrid. Alaba (3,5) : un mauvais alignement sur le corner inscrit par Rüdiger, puisqu’il ne prend personne au marquage et laisse seul le défenseur allemand dans la surface. Everything is now done between Real Madrid and Toni Rüdiger,” the journalist wrote on Twitter. “The deal has been completed, club sources confirm: he will play for Real.