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UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid Advances to the Semifinals

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Luka Modric turned the tie and Karim Benzema settled it as Real Madrid held off a sensational fightback from Chelsea on Tuesday to win an enthralling Champions League quarter-final 5-4 on aggregate.

Chelsea wiped out Madrid's 3-1 lead from the first leg in stunning fashion at the Santiago Bernabeu as Mason Mount, Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner put Europe's reigning champions on the brink of an incredible victory. But the 36-year-old Modric intervened with another moment of genius to add to the very best of his glittering career, a sumptuous pass with the outside of his right foot setting up Rodrygo to volley in and sending a nerve-shredding contest into extra time.

After scoring a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge, Benzema then stepped forward to claim the winner, the Frenchman capitalizing on a Rudiger slip to head in, a 3-2 defeat enough to see Madrid into the semi-finals.

"You can never think anything is lost at the Bernabeu," said Carlo Ancelotti afterward. "I can't explain it but there is a magic in this stadium that helps you."

At the final whistle, Modric and Benzema dropped to the floor, their combined 70 years of age belying another two vintage contributions that have dragged Real Madrid insight of a 14th European Cup.

They will face either Manchester City or rivals Atletico Madrid in the last four.

 
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