Real Madrid 1-1 Chelsea: player ratings from the semi-final first leg

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<span>Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Real Madrid (3-5-2)

Thibaut Courtois The Belgian denied Werner with a cracking save but was left exposed when Pulisic scored. 7

Éder Militão Shaky during the early stages. Good block to deny Werner, though, and earned an assist. 6

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Raphaël Varane Struggled to hold things together during the early stages, but improved in second half. Booked. 6

Nacho Wobbled when Pulisic found space on the right. Might have fared better in a back four. 6

Dani Carvajal The Spaniard was a steady presence on the right. Had his hands full with Chilwell. 6

Toni Kroos Looked slow and ponderous. Booked after getting the wrong side of Kanté in the second half. 5

Casemiro Battled to keep Chelsea’s nimble creators at bay for long spells. Involved in Madrid’s equaliser. 6

Luka Modric Struggled to exert his usual influence, much to Chelsea’s satisfaction. Unable to run the game. 5

Marcelo Toiled when Chelsea broke down the right in the first half. Uncertain at wing-back. Booked. 5

Karim Benzema An outstanding striker. Hit the post from long range before equalising with a brilliant volley. 8

Vinícius Jr The Brazilian was more dangerous against Liverpool in the previous round. Unfortunate to be booked. 6

Subs Eden Hazard 6, Alvaro Odriozola 6, Marco Asensio 6

Karim Benzema prepares to volley home in the rain
Karim Benzema prepares to volley home in the rain. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

Chelsea (3-4-2-1)

Édouard Mendy Powerless to stop Benzema’s equaliser. Untroubled otherwise and protected well by his defence. Good distribution. 6

Andreas Christensen Although he quelled Vinícius, he will be annoyed not to have marked Benzema more tightly. 6

Thiago Silva The Brazilian veteran had a calm game, although he could not block Benzema in time. 6

Antonio Rüdiger Picked up an assist but failed to dominate Militão in the air when Madrid scored. 6

César Azpilicueta Beaten in the air by Casemiro too easily. Decent in open play before cramping up. 6

Jorginho Offered control in the middle. Pressed well and held his own against Kroos and Modric. 7

N’Golo Kanté Looks fit and sharp after recovering from a hamstring injury. Dominated midfield with his energy. 8

Ben Chilwell Has become more adept at wing-back since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival. Scuffed a decent chance wide. 6

Mason Mount Bright and dangerous when he popped up between the lines. Couldn’t find a killer pass. 7

Christian Pulisic The American winger worried Madrid. Created chances with his speed and scored a fine goal. 8

Timo Werner Spurned a glaring chance when it was 0-0. Too hesitant and lacked an end product. 5

Subs: Hakim Ziyech 6, Kai Havertz 6, Reece James 6