Christian Pulisic became the first U.S. male to score in Champions League semi as Chelsea finished first league draw with Realmadrid
On Tuesday Champions league semi-final match Christian Pulisic became the United States’ first men’s international to score a goal, after scoring in the first half of Chelsea’s 1-1 draw in the first leg against Real Madrid. The goal was also Pulisic’s fifth in the Champions League, putting DaMarcus Beasley ahead of the all-time US scoreboard in European football’s most important league.
Pulisic found himself alone in the penalty area after 14 minutes, cutting to the right, defeating Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and firing between two defenders to give Chelsea an early lead. Then Karim Benzema scored to even the hosts later in the first half, giving both teams everything to play for in next week’s return game at Stamford Bridge.
After the game, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said: “The goal was well deserved and we should have scored at least one more. We gave in more or less out of the blue and that can always happen against individual quality.
22-year-old Pulisic also scored in the knockout round in 2017 while still with Borussia Dortmund and is now the youngest player to score for Chelsea in the UCL semi-finals or later, passing Ramires, who took it at 25-year-old. age did. old against Barcelona in 2012.
Zidane speaks: “We will see. The minutes have to be managed because we have a game on Saturday and we have to be in shape for the return game. We are going to manage the minutes of the players.”
Zidane on Sergio Ramos who is back for the second leg: “Hopefully he will be with us, but he hasn’t trained with the team yet and we don’t know. Hopefully, he can be [back in time], but he and everyone else different. And Ferland [Mendy], Fede [Valverde] … I want all my players with me. ”