Real Madrid are into the Champions League semi-finals after a 2-nil win against Chelsea that wrapped up an emphatic 4-0 aggregate triumph, effectively ending the London club’s season.
The home team, with Frank Lampard back in the dugout for a second spell, came into the match at Stamford Bridge with form and history against them.
They started brightly, playing enterprising football, but missed two chances in the first half that would have heaped pressure on the defending champions.
The Spanish giants made Chelsea pay for their missed chances when Rodrygo scored in the 58th minute, and doubled his tally with 10 minutes to go.
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Chelsea, the 2021 European champions, have now lost all four of their matches since former player Frank Lampard returned to the club as caretaker boss earlier this month in place of the sacked Graham Potter.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti stuck with the same team that won the first leg 2-0 last week, while Chelsea caretaker boss Lampard restored Reece James, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante to his line-up.
Roared on by an expectant crowd despite their current woes, the home side made a bright start against the 14-time winners.