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Pulisic scripts history with Chelsea opener against Real Madrid

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The USMNT star scored a goal to remember on Wednesday night as his spectacular striker saw him join two very exclusive lists.

Christian Pulisic scripted history when he opened the scoring for Chelsea against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first-leg.

Pulisic gave his side the lead inside the first 15 minutes as he collected Antonio Rudiger’s sublime over-the-top pass, skipper around a helpless Thibaut Courtois, and hammered in a right-footed shot into the net, which was surrounded by a handful of opposition defenders.

In doing so, he became the first American ever to score against Real Madrid in all competitions.

The Pennsylvania native also became the first player from the United States in history to score in a Champions League semi-final.

Only three Americans have previously scored in a Champions League knockout match: DaMarcus Beasley, Jermaine Jones and Tyler Adams.

The impressive solo effort saw Pulisic take his tally in Europe’s most prestigious club competition to five, which means he is also the highest-scoring US-born player in the competition.

However, the goal wasn’t enough to give secure Chelsea a win as Karim Benzema equalized with a sumptuous effort near the half-hour mark and the match ended in a 1-1 stalemate

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