F1 Extra Session – Episode 6: Baku

F1 Extra Session is your favorite Formula One podcast. Daphne Seberich, Sebastian Becerra, and Zoé Guimard bring you post-race analysis and discuss other major stories surrounding the sport. We are Formula One fans just like you. As F1 journalists we also provide a unique perspective to what’s happening in the world of F1.

Sergio “Checo” Perez was the surprise winner at Baku after Max Verstappen had tire failure and Lewis Hamilton locked his tires after being too aggresive on the ensuing standstill restart. Perez gets his second win of his career that sees Red Bull open a 26 point gap on Mercedes. Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly rounded out the podium with near-perfect races. Disastrous day for Mercedes as Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton finish P12 and P15. In Off-track chit chat Red Bull is clashing with Mercedes about their wing flexion which Horner and company believe breaks FIA rules. Definitely something to keep an eye on as the circus travels to France in two weeks time.

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Denise Karbon: an Italian skiing legend

An excerpt of the full interview held with Denise Karbon for Ready Set Sport

Denise Karbon, an Italian skiing legend, has spoken with Daphne Seberich for Ready Set Sport about her career, her most memorable success and her passion about skiing. The excerpt of the interview was featured on Episode 4 of the Fresh Air Podcast on February 25th, 2021.

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“Forza Madrid!”

Real Madrid’s all-Italian journey to sign their new manager

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By Daphne Seberich

Real Madrid was in desperate need of a new manager. Zinedine Zidane’s premature departure announced on May 27th, 2021 has left Florentino Pérez without a plan for the future of the most successful football team in the world. Massimiliano Allegri, Antonio Conte, and Carlo Ancelotti are Real Madrid’s top choices to replace the Frenchman. 

The breakup between the two sides was already asked for by the fans after the embarrassing defeat against CD Alcoyano in the Copa Del Rey match played on January 20th, 2021. #ZizOut was a trending topic on Twitter. Florentino, as reported by Marca, was already in contact by then with his number one choice: Massimiliano Allegri. 

The two parties were in close contact throughout the whole second half of the season. The Italian manager has brought Juve to international success during his four years at the ‘Vecchia Signora’, reaching two times the Champions League final – one lost against Real Madrid. Even though he was one of the main reasons for Juve’s success in Italy, the club’s management decided to drop the manager after four years of dominance with the team. 

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Allegri was about to sign with Real Madrid, with major news outlets confirming the Italian as the chosen one by Florentino Pérez to take over the Merengues. Little did Florentino know that his Superleague ally Andrea Agnelli was negotiating to have his beloved Max back at the ‘Vecchia Signora’. 

On the day of Zinedine Zidane’s announcement to part ways with the 13-time champions one year prior to the end of his contract in 2022, shocking news arrived from Italy: Allegri was moving back to Turin. 

There was not just bad news coming from Italy for Real Madrid’s president. Just one day prior to the shocking announcement, another surprise breakup came from Milan’s black-and-blue side. Antonio Conte, the manager that ended Juventus’ nine-year dominance and brought Inter to success after eleven seasons, parted ways with the ‘Nerazzurri’ after only two together. The win of the coveted ‘Scudetto’ was not enough to convince Conte to stay in Milan for another year. 

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Conte was previously linked to Real Madrid in 2018, but Lopetegui was preferred to the Italian manager. Captain Sergio Ramos spoke out against Conte’s arrival, as the Apulian manager is famous for being a tough man to work with. His methods, although being harsh at times, are the key to his success as a trainer. Conte knows how to win. Every club he managed has won trophies under his management.

Real Madrid needed Conte now more than ever. After the low-blow move by Agnelli and Allegri, Conte seems to be the best fit for a team in desperate need to be revamped and redesigned. 

The Apulian, according to Don Balon, has four requests for Florentino Pérez: N’Golo Kanté, Lautaro Martinez, Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku

The latter has been a key player at Inter and has a great bond with Conte. Inter, who is in a critical financial situation due to Covid, might consider selling Big Rom to Los Blancos. If Florentino could have secured those four names for the next season, the Apulian would have been ready to sign a two-year deal with the Madridistas. 

Real Madrid and Conte’s ex-team played against each other in the group stage of the 2020/2021 Champions League campaign. How did Conte do against Los Blancos during their encounter in Milan? 

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The first minutes of the match would indicate a high-paced, high-intensity game. The Blancos were putting a lot of pressure right from the get-go with multiple threatening attempts in the first seven minutes. Inter fought back with Nicolò Barella, Lautaro, and Arturo Vidal, who all missed the target.

The ‘Nerazzurri’ saw Karim Benzema opening the scoresheet for Real Madrid on the 25th minute of the match. The Frenchman stood alone in front of Samir Handanovič, who was well outside his penalty area, with only Inter’s empty goal ahead.

Sergio Ramos, served from a corner shot by the German Toni Kroos, made it 2-0 for the Madridistas and hit the back of the net with a header in the 33rd minute of the match. The advantage didn’t last too long as Inter bounced back with an incredible Lautaro kicking the ball into Thibaut Courtois’s left-bottom corner of his goal. 

Ivan Perišić revived and rekindled Inter at the 68th minute of the game with a brilliant goal that tied the two teams. Newly-entered Rodrygo Goes, although, sealed the deal for Real at the 80th minute of the game. 

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Even though Conte did not beat Real Madrid in the Champions League group stage, he still has done a great job with Inter during the 2020/2021 season. 

Finally, Real Madrid opted to rekindle an old flame. Carlo Ancelotti, who has bounced to the top of Florentino’s list on Tuesday is joining the Blancos after six years of absence. During his two seasons at the Madrid-based club, the Italian’s major achievement was the ‘Decima’, the tenth Champions League victory in Lisbon for Real Madrid. He is also the Real Madrid manager who has recorded the highest percentage of wins (78%) in his first 100 games at the club.

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Real Madrid fans are excited to see what’s next in store for the club. Can Carlo Ancelotti bring the Madridistas back to success?

F1 Extra Session – Episode 5: Monaco

F1 Extra Session is your favorite Formula One podcast. Daphne Seberich, Sebastian Becerra, and Zoé Guimard bring you post-race analysis and discuss other major stories surrounding the sport. We are Formula One fans just like you. As F1 journalists we also provide a unique perspective to what’s happening in the world of F1.

This week’s episode is a full-depth analysis about what went down during the exciting race at the glamorous and iconic race in Monte-Carlo (Monaco). Max Verstappen triumphed for the first time in its career at the Principality. Fan favorite Charles Leclerc missed out on the chance to start on pole at his home Grand Prix, due to an issue reported on his SF21. Lewis Hamilton had a disastrous race finishing in P7. We’ll cover some on the grid mishaps, some chaos in the cockpit and we’ll finish it off with some off-track chit-chat about Lando Norris signing a multi-year contract with McLaren!

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The biggest storylines in MotoGP after Le Mans

What to expect from the 2021 MotoGP season

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By Daphne Seberich

MotoGP is back, and the 2021 season is well underway. The pinnacle of motorbike racing will crown for the 73rd time a driver and a constructor team as champions of one of the most dangerous and fastest sports in the world. 

After five of the 19 planned races of the season already having taken place, fans might be wondering what the main storylines in MotoGP are in 2021. Marc Márquez made its comeback. Current world champion Joan Mir will attempt to win two championships in a row, and ‘El Diablo’ Fabio Quartararo is the main favorite to clinch his first title with Yamaha’s factory team. 

For someone that actively watches every MotoGP race, those storylines seem a cliché. There are many reasons to tune in to watch this season of MotoGP go down. What have we learned in the first five races of the season?

  1. Ducati’s Desmosedici is blistering fast
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It doesn’t surprise that the Italian factory team from Borgo Panigale has engineered a masterpiece motorbike. The Desmosedici, ridden by the newly-signed bikers Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia, was the fastest and most powerful bike at the pre-season testing in Qatar. The first five races didn’t prove otherwise as well. 

Ducati is well-known for its 90 degree V4 engines, which give them a significant advantage on the straights. This season, although, the difference between Ducati and other constructors is abysmal. No Honda, Yamaha, or Suzuki can keep up with the pace of the Italian motorbike. 

Statistics are on the side of Ducati as well. Every bike in the Top 10 for highest speed reached was a Desmosedici. Johan Zarco recently achieved 362.4 km/h in Qatar’s FP4 session, breaking the record set of 356.7 km/h by Andrea Dovizioso in 2019. Compared to the Japanese companies and Aprilia, the Italian ‘speed devil’ is miles ahead of his competitors. 

It’s been two consecutive races of dominance for Ducati. The Spanish GP ended in a 1-2 podium finish for the constructor, and the French Gp was another 1-2 if considering Johan Zarco’s Pramac as part of the Italian manufacturer. The leaderboard sees three Ducati in the top five in the driver’s championship. This season seems like another positive year for the Italian team, who could very well double down on last year’s constructor’s championship. 

  1. Marc Márquez most likely won’t equal Valentino Rossi for most titles in 2021
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All MotoGP fans are glad to see the eight-time world champion Marc Márquez back on track on his Honda, but the comeback wasn’t as sweet as imagined. After recovering from the troublesome injury of his right arm that kept him away from racing the past season, Márquez doesn’t seem to be the rider that we were used to seeing on race weekends. The Spaniard champion has had trouble finding its confidence back on his motorbike, finishing three of the five races to have taken place in DNF’s. Marquez is currently 17th in the standings, 64 points behind leader Quartararo and two points behind his brother Álex in 14th place. 

The French GP presented its opportunities to the Spanish champion. Márquez was leading the wet and crazy race at Le Mans until he crashed. Yet again, he fell onto his right arm, which ended his winning chances once and for all. If the eight-time champion can’t even capitalize on points at wet races, which are his strong suit, 2021 doesn’t seem to be the year of the comeback. Valentino Rossi, who is the most successful rider in the history of MotoGP with nine championships, and the Italian fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

  1. Fabio Quartararo and Francesco Bagnaia’s race to the top will be thrilling to watch
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Who would’ve thought that after Joan Mir winning in 2020, the championship fight would be between Fabio Quartararo and ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia? The two youngsters driving for Yamaha’s and Ducati’s factory teams seem to have separated themselves from the competition in the championship standings. The duo is only split by one point, leaving a gap of eleven points between themselves and Johan Zarco in third.  

Where does Mir stand on the leaderboard? The current world champion sits in sixth, 31 points behind leader Quartararo after collecting zero points at Le Mans. There are no doubts that the Spaniard could come back, as we have seen him do at the end of 2020. As of now, the two Ducati riders and ‘El Diablo’ have had the upper hand and don’t seem to have any intentions of slowing down.  

Quartararo surprises week-in and week-out with his blistering times. The Frenchman has been on pole on three occasions this season and has managed to win back-to-back races in Qatar and Portugal. 

Not all is easy for Quartararo. Italian prodigy Francesco Bagnaia is giving him a real fight at the top. The Ducatista has had a brilliant season so far, impressing with his comebacks from outside the points to the podium. An example of his incredible form was his recovery from 20th after the start to fourth at the finish line. Even though Bagnaia might not be the fastest in qualifying on certain occasions, his race pace makes up for it and allows him to be in the title fight with Quartararo. 

I believe we will see more exciting and thrilling fights between the two youngsters with the best coming out on top to win the championship, unless…

  1. Jack is back

…Unless Jack Miller gets in the mix for the title as well. The Australian continues to impress with his Desmosedici after winning back-to-back races in Spain and France. It wasn’t since Casey Stoner in 2012 that an Aussie won two straight race weekends in a row. Miller is now in fourth place in the standings, only four points behind Zarco. Jack is back and here to stay.

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MotoGP could see another thrilling fight at the top between constructors and especially drivers. 2021 seems to be a good year for motorsport, with Formula One being more competitive at the top as well. Who will come out on top? We will find out as the season continues at Mugello in Italy on the 30th of May. 

F1 Extra Session – Episode 4: Barcelona

F1 Extra Session is your favorite Formula One podcast. Daphne Seberich, Sebastian Becerra, and Zoé Guimard bring you post-race analysis and discuss other major stories surrounding the sport. We are Formula One fans just like you. As F1 journalists we also provide a unique perspective to what’s happening in the world of F1.

This week’s episode is a full-depth analysis about what went down during the exciting race on the Circuit the Catalunya in Barcelona (Montmeló). Lewis Hamilton won his 98th career race after passing Max Verstappen late. The battle of the midfield is going to be exciting this year with only 5 points separating McLaren and Ferrari. We’ll cover some on the grid mishaps, some chaos in the cockpit and we’ll finish it off with some off-track chit-chat about Romain Grosjean’s comeback during the French GP with Mercedes and the possibility of not seeing the Spanish GP in the next years in Barcelona.

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Three big reasons why you should keep up with Formula One now more than ever

The 2021 Formula One season in a nutshell

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By Daphne Seberich

It has been seven years of Mercedes dominance in the world of F1. Lewis Hamilton has matched Michael Schumacher for the most Driver’s Championships in F1’s history. The Silver Arrows have annihilated their competition for seven years in a row. Fans want to see a change. The 2021 season might just offer that. 

Red Bull and Max Verstappen are for the first time in title contention. Never since the V6-turbo-hybrid era there had been such a tight race for any championship between two different teams. Mercedes had an internal fight in 2016 when teammates and old best friends Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have fiercely battled for the title. The German came out on top in the last race of the season in Abu Dhabi but decided swiftly after his incredible achievement to end his career on a high. Besides that, the fans were lacking the outstanding fights they were used to see in the 2000s.

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There are many reasons to watch Formula One: 

  • The avant-garde engineering developed and introduced for future consumer cars,
  • The exciting race weekends where 20 drivers risk their lives every time they climb into their cockpits and 
  • The beyond belief show F1 provides at different tracks around the world. 

I reckon this season might become the most exciting one to watch of the last decade. Why? There are three main reasons why you should keep up with Formula One now more than ever.  

  1. The rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen 
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No one ever thought someone could match Michael Schumacher’s record of seven driver’s championships. Lewis Hamilton managed to do just that. Not only has he outclassed many of the records set by the German (most pole positions, most GP wins, etc.), he has also got a strong chance to become the most successful driver in Formula One history.

There is only one driver capable of ruining Hamilton’s celebrations. His name is Max Verstappen. The Flying Dutchman is one of, if not the most talented driver on the grid. Red Bull has finally caught up with Mercedes, which have lost the advantage they gained during the 2020 season thanks to their Dual-Axis-System (DAS). It was banned from 2021 onwards. The Red Bull-Max Verstappen pairing this season could bring the Mercedes domination era to an end.

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During the Bahrain pre-season testing, Mercedes was in no man’s land. Their cars looked tricky to handle and the rear-end seemed to be very nervous. Meanwhile, Red Bull was crushing it on track, setting fastest laps and conquering all of the sessions ahead of the race. Track limits at the first race of the season punished Verstappen, who had to hand over the win to Hamilton, but it was clear that the seven-time world champion would not have it as easy as in the past four years to clinch his eighth title.

Lewis Hamilton has never had a real challenger at the top since 2016. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas lacks the consistency to give a real fight for the title. Even though the Silver Arrows driver have had the most dominant car in the past four years, at no time we have seen a fight for the championship between the two.

The two title contenders for 2021, on the other hand, have spiced up the competition and dramatically changed the outlook of how the season would turn out for fans at home. People truly believe there can be a change at the top. This idea has rekindled the passion and interest for Formula One, and it is one of the main reasons why people should tune in on race weekends. Beating the reigning world champion is never an easy task, but if anyone could do it, it’s Max Verstappen. History can be made in 2021.

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  1. The season before the revolution

The 2021 season should have seen the FIA introducing completely renewed regulations to tackle some of the many issues of F1 racing in current times. Unfortunately, the current state the world is in has pushed back the implementation of these new rules to 2022, making the current season a transitioning one. 

Some teams have completely stopped the development of the current generation of cars (ex. Haas F1 team). Others will stop further along the season to concentrate time and resources on perfecting the new principles of racing. 

After many years of not seeing any major changes to the regulations, the playing field has leveled itself, creating more exciting and unpredictable racing. The new regulations were consolidated to bring exactly that: fairer and more thrilling competition. Could there be, although, a chance of restarting the vicious cycle of dominance F1 has been known for when the new 2022 regulations will be introduced?

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Mercedes have had the upper hand since 2014 due to the introduction of the new hybrid V6 engine technology that is still currently used in F1 cars today. The Silver Arrows engineers have created a masterpiece power-unit, which was miles ahead of the competition. Its power and speed was beyond anyone else’s. 

Ferrari even ‘bent’ the regulations to try to regain their competitiveness in the sport. They were involved in the Fuel-Flow Gate before the start of the 2020 season, with the FIA and the Scuderia signing a secret agreement to keep accusations of cheating the previous year at bay. The prancing horse was strongly penalized by this accordance and suffered from their worst season in Ferrari’s history since 1980, closing off the constructors’ championship in sixth. 

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This season, Mercedes seems not to be the fastest car on track, as Red Bull and other manufacturers have caught up on the technological advances found on the Silver Arrows’ car. All teams have had enough time to perfect their challengers while still conforming to the regulations, managing to level the playing field and creating more competitiveness in the sport. What could happen with the introduction of the 2022 regulations?

The possibility of another dominance era after 2021 is very likely, although it is not sure it will be Mercedes again at the top. In F1’s history we have seen many times a dominating car at the top after a regulation change (ex. Mercedes in 2014, Ferrari in 2000). As the new generation of cars will be in front of us sooner than we think, do we want to see another seven years of nine constructors playing catch-up with one team at the top? Let’s enjoy the fierce battles Verstappen and Hamilton are offering us while we can. 

  1. This current generation of F1 cars will stay the fastest we will see for some years
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With the introduction of the 2022 regulations, F1 will switch from an intricate aerodynamic approach of bargeboards and complicated front wings to a more accessible and simple ground-effect principle for future cars. 

F1 has struggled with the concept of ‘dirty air’ for many years now, claiming it to be the cause for the lack of close and exciting racing in the past couple of years. Therefore, the introduction of ground-effect powered challengers should reduce turbulences present due to the current aerodynamic approach to only ten percent. 

While this seems like good news, the ‘simplified’ Formula One car will be heavier, less aerodynamically advanced and therefore slower. Engineers will have to figure out the grey areas of the regulations to try to gain a significant boost of performance, but that takes time. That is why we won’t see drivers breaking the fastest lap records for some years. 

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2021 will make it into the history books as one of the most exciting title race seasons in the last decade. The fastest cars in the world will battle it out until the last race, with either the current Mercedes era becoming the most successful one in F1’s history or the seven-year domination coming to an end. One thing is for sure: this season is the one you do not want to miss. 

F1 Extra Session – Episode 3: Portimão

F1 Extra Session is your favorite Formula One podcast. Daphne Seberich, Sebastian Becerra, and Zoé Guimard bring you post-race analysis and discuss other major stories surrounding the sport. We are Formula One fans just like you. As F1 journalists we also provide a unique perspective to what’s happening in the world of F1.

This week’s episode is a full-depth analysis about what went down during the exciting race on the rollercoaster track of Portimão. Lewis Hamilton won his 97th Grand Prix in commanding fashion, whereas his teammate Bottas had to be content with the fastest lap point that is one of the controversial topics we’ll cover in this episode. Alpine was the surprise of the day with Ocon and Alonso both in the points. We’ll cover some on the grid mishaps, some chaos in the cockpit and we’ll finish it off with some off-track chit-chat about the newest introduction to the F1 calendar and race system: The Sprint Races on Saturday!

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Fresh Air – Episode 11: Ending our journey at the sunny shores of Bondi beach

Welcome to Fresh Air, the show that takes you from the snowy peaks of the Alps to the sunny shores of Bondi beach.

From the first A,B,C of how to ski to the X, Y, Z to the climbing on the edge. Our podcast is all about introducing you to outdoor sports. This week, as it is our final episode of Fresh Air, we won’t spoil anything beforehand. The only thing we will say is that this is a super-extra-mega-incredibly special episode that you definitely don’t want to miss!

It’s gonna be a high altitude, high octane and a hell of a ride. You can’t be stopped. Join us, and come and get a breath of Fresh Air.

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Benzema keeps Real Madrid’s ‘Road to Istanbul’ dream alive 

Karim Benzema keeps the Madridistas alive in the battle for the Champions League finals with a volley in the 29th minute of the match played at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano against Chelsea. 

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By Daphne Seberich

It was an exciting and even match of Champions League semi-finals between Real Madrid and Chelsea at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano, which ended in a 1-1 tie. Christian Pulišić and Real’s Pichichi Karim Benzema both made it onto the scoresheet, but their goals were not enough to secure the win for their clubs.  

Los Blancos managed to keep their unbeaten streak going and added one tally to their 17 matches undefeated in all competitions. The Madridistas fought their way back from 0-1 to a draw to secure an advantage ahead of the tie in West London on Wednesday next week. Zinedine Zidane’s team has to win the match at Stamford Bridge with one goal difference to keep their dream of the 14th Champions League title alive. 

Zinedine Zidane surprised everyone when he announced the lineup ahead of the match. The Frenchman opted for three center-backs in defense, with Marcelo and Dani Carvajal playing as wing-backs respectively on the left and right. Vinícius Jr. was preferred to Marco Asensio at the front alongside Benzema for the starting eleven.

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In the first minutes of the match, Chelsea was the team capable of pressing their opponents in their half and creating scoring chances. Ex-Red Bull Leipzig superstar Timo Werner, who transferred to Chelsea in last summer’s transfer session, had some good opportunities to score the advantage. 

It was American Christian Pulišić who brought the Blues ahead. He was the first to make it onto the scoresheet at the 14th minute. The Pennsylvania native, served by a perfectly calibrated cross by Antonio Rüdiger, rifled a shot, which deflected off Raphaël Varane’s back into the goal. Courtois, who was well outside of his posts, couldn’t prevent the ball from hitting the back of the net. Pulišić made it into the Champions League books as the first American to score a goal in the competition’s semi-final stage. 

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Real Madrid, who until then were suffering multiple attacks from the Blues, fought back with Benzema hitting the woodwork of Mendy’s goal at the 23rd minute. The Frenchman’s shot glanced off the right post. This action revived the Madridistas’ spirits, who went ahead to put great pressure on the Blues. 

The breakthrough came on the 29th minute for the Merengues. A short-played corner kick led Marcelo to cross into the box. Casemiro and Éder Militão kept the ball alive with their headers until finally serving Benzema, who drew the score level with a brilliant volley. The Frenchman oozes talent and is one of the players Zidane can trust over and over again. 

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In the second half, the pace dropped considerably compared to the exciting and eventful first 45 minutes. The Madridistas regained control over matters, pressing high and preventing Chelsea from breaking deep into their half of the pitch. 

The hosts, although, couldn’t break away and score the advantage. Coach Zidane decided to bring on ex-Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, who played for the first time against his former team, for Vinícius Júnior. Álvaro Odriozola and Marco Asensio followed shortly after, respectively replacing Carvajal and Marcelo. 

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Zidane’s changes in the second half didn’t deliver and brought little to no spark to the team. The Madridistas had to settle for a draw ahead of the return leg in West London at Stamford Bridge, leaving the outcome of this semi-finals still wide open. 

Real Madrid will have to attack and not concede on Wednesday next week to make it through to Istanbul’s final. The trip to Ataturk Stadium is only one game away for the Madridistas. Can they raise the Champions League trophy for the 14th time in their history?