Champions League: Real Madrid and Milan, the first semifinalists

Real Madrid and Milan advanced to the semifinals of the Champions League, having left Chelsea and Napoli on the road respectively in the second leg of the quarterfinals. The Madrid team repeated with great authority the result of a week ago, they won 2-0 with two goals from the Brazilian Rodrygo and eliminated Chelsea by an aggregate result of 4 to 0. While en the Diego Armando Maradona stadium, Milan drew a 1-1 draw against Napoli and passed the phase with a 2-1 aggregate after having won 1-0 at home. The quarterfinal draw will be completed this Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. with the Bayern Munich-Manchester City (ESPN) and Inter-Benfica (Fox Sports) matches.

Real Madrid almost never went into trouble. Except for the first ten minutes of each half and the last five of the first, he kept the game under control with a ball possession game. At the end of the initial stage, Thibaut Courtois made a great save against Marc Cuccurella. And after 13 minutes of the second stage, he resolved the match and the series. Rodrygo he overflowed on the right, he took a center back that Benzema did not reach but his compatriot Vinicius did, who returned the ball to the middle for Rodrygo himself to score with his left foot.

After 23 minutes, Chelsea made three changes.ios and in one of them, Enzo Fernández left and Raheem Sterling entered. But those moves seemed late. At minute 29, after a great tackle from Federico Valverde who eliminated two players and passed the ball to the middle, Rodrygo sealed the 2-0 scoreline that put Madrid in the semifinals for the eleventh time in the last thirteen editions. In that instance, he will face the winner of the match between Bayern and City.

Milan also made history in the South of Italy. Because returns to the Champions League semifinals after 16 years. Didn’t have to lose, didn’t lose and even was winning from the 43rd minute of the first half with a goal from the French Olivier Giroud who at 21 minutes, the Neapolitan goalkeeper Alex Meret stopped a penalty.

Napoli also missed a penalty (the Frenchman Maignan saved it from the Georgian Kvaratskhelia) and recently He managed to equalize the end in stoppage time with a headed goal from Nigerian Víctor Osimhen but it did not reach him. Milan will go to the semifinals against the winner of the match between Inter and Benfica. Inter won the first leg 2-0, so the great Milanese classic may well be one of the exciting semifinals of the Champions League.

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