Chelsea, Real Madrid Advance to Champ semis


Nine-time champions Real Madrid qualified for the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday, beating APOEL Nicosia 5-2 in their quarter-final second-leg clash and by 8-2 on aggregate.

The Spanish giants will meet Germany’s Bayern Munich in the final four.

Chelsea also qualified, beating 10-man Benfica 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, making the victory 3-1 on aggregate.

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A penalty from Frank Lampard gave Chelsea a first-half lead before the visitors were reduced to 10 men in the 40th minute as captain Maxi Pereira was sent off for a second bookable offence by Slovenian referee Damir Skomina.

However, Javi Garcia levelled with six minutes remaining only for Raul Meireles to ensure the London club progressed with an injury-time winner.

Chelsea will square it up with defending champion, Barcelona of Spain which knocked out the Italian giant, AC Milan, 3-1, with two of Barca’s goals being penalties awarded in controversial circumstances in the first half of the game.