Andreas Christensen slips and Vinicius Junior thumps the ball against the cross-bar after receiving a deft backheel from Karim Benzema. He should have scored! Mason Mount wins the ball in midfield and plays it wide to Reece James on the right touchline. Real Madrid win it back immediately.
A rather frenetic start is interrupted by an N’Golo Kante bodycheck on Toni Kroos in the centre-circle. Free-kick for Real Madrid as the German goes to ground holding his hip and wincing. N’Golo Kante wins the ball halfway inside his own half and plays it forward for Kai Havertz to chase. He advances, then cuts inside Eder Militao before shooting high and wide.
Real enjoy a spell of possession and play the ball back towards Thibaut Courtois. The former Chelsea goalkeeper is mercilessly jeered by the home fans, as he was when his name was read out by the stadium announcer before kick-off.
Chelsea get the ball rolling and it is sent wafting towards the right touchline. Mason Mount whips an excellent cross into the Real Madrid penalty area, where Dani Carvajal does just enough to prevent Christian Pulisic from sweeping home. A great start by the hosts.
The first quarter hour has flown by, with neither team asserting dominance. From a Chelsea free-kick, Eder Militao is booked for a foul on a Kai Havertz just outside the Real penalty area.
He was in a real panic as the German got the run on him and wrestled him to the ground. Reece James takes the free-kick and his low curler brings a fairly straightforward save out of Courtois.
Karim Benzema goal ⚽
Vinicius Jr breaks the last line and sends a terrific cross for the Frenchman to head home ??
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