Timo Werner believed his goal at the Bernabéu Stadium had earned Chelsea progression into the Champions League semi-final.
Werner scored in the second half to put Chelsea 3-0 ahead and 4-3 on aggregate with 10 minutes to go.
However, a Rodrigo goal forced the tie into extra time before Karim Benzema scored the winning goal to ensure Carlo Ancelotti’s side progressed into the final four of Europe’s biggest competition.
Werner – who has not replicated his prolific scoring at Leipzig since joining Chelsea in 2020 – admitted he thought he would be the hero and send Thomas Tuchel’s side through with his goal.
“When I celebrated, I thought, ‘this is it,” Werner told Chelsea’s official club website. “We could have scored before that to make it 3-0, but the officials didn’t give it to us.
It is a point you can talk about, but I thought, ‘we are through with this when I scored. “We nearly gave no chances to Madrid, but we have to say the goals they scored were outstanding.
“To come back after a 3-1 defeat in the home game was very good for us; we had everything that we needed at 3-0 up, we had the chance to go through.
“There was one moment in regular time when we were not like we were the whole game and Madrid have the quality to score against you, and they showed it for the 3-1. “I think it was a brilliant goal, a brilliant cross from Modric, hard to defend.”