|Samuel Chukwueze celebrates after delivering the soccer punch at the Allianz Stadium on Tuesday night. Villareal progressed after ensuring a 1-1 result. (Photo credit: Getty Images)
Tuesday night served us the best of European football as Real Madrid recovered from Chelsea’s electrifying surge to knock out the reigning champions after extra time and Villareal’s giant killing run continued at the Allianz.
We’ll come back to Unai Emery’s
sensational night in Munich but first, there are lots of talking points in the
game that happened at the Santiago Bernabeu. Chelsea were quick to wipe out
Real Madrid’s first leg lead and with the away goals rule effectively
abolished, 2-0 was enough to get Chelsea dreaming.
Marcos Alonso got the ball in the
net but a long VAR review revealed a faint handball in the process; that was a
lifeline for the hosts but it was Chelsea that scored again and had it stayed
that way, the champions would have qualified.
Luka Modric rolled back the years
with a sensational assist that got Rodrygo celebrating, even at 3-1, 4-4 on
aggregate and the game went into extra time but Thomas Tuchel believes the
referee lacked the courage to make big calls against Real Madrid in a game he
thought wasn’t fairly officiated.
was disappointed at the referee. Tuchel said after being asked of his opinion
of the game at full time.
the other end, Bayern Munich were knocked out by what can be called “Unai Emery
masterclass”. You won’t be wrong if you name it “haram ball” but it worked
magic and the hosts were left frustrated at fulltime following a 1-1 draw.
Karim Benzema headed home the winner in extra time to deny Chelsea the chance of retaining their crown but they will look back at the first leg and regret their weak showings
missed a host of chances with Gerrard Muller heading wide when it looked easier
to score midway into the second half. Robert Lewandoswki had fired Bayern back
on aggregate in the second half after a frustrating first half.
Yellow Submarines brought on Nigerian winger Samuel Chukwueze and he delivered
the equalizing blow with only his second touch of the night.
are in their second ever UCL semifinals and will play the winner of the game
between Liverpool and Benfica later in April.