Real Madrid sailed past their opponents Apoel in the Champions League quarter finals, in a match that was rather lackluster, while Chelsea defeated Benfica due to some late-match heroics.
In one match where the winner seemed obvious, Real Madrid got off to a slow start and their hopes of an easy victory seemed in doubt. With a scoreless first half, Real Mardid were in the driver's seat but needed to execute on their attack. A late goal from Kaka and two scores from Benzema, all inside the last 13 minutes, put the Champions League semi-finals out of Apoel's reach. The Greek club will need a tremendous showing at Santiago Bernabeu in the second leg to advance.
When Benfica hosted Chelsea, there was plenty of questions heading into the match, and no clear favorite. Chelsea had not won a single away game this season in the Champions League. Meanwhile, a scoreless result would probably be decent outcome for Benfica.
Chelsea found a way to spoil Benfica's plans.
Robert Di Matteo selected Salomon Kalou for the starting 11, in a rather surprising move. Kalou would make his presence felt in the 74th minute when he scored off an assist from Fernando Torres. Chelsea got the crucial 1-0 victory on the road, and the Blues should feel confident heading back to Stamford Bridge for the second leg.
Both matches were not extraordinary, but the results mean that watching the second leg promises to be entertaining.685207