It’s full-time in West London, and Real Madrid will take a comfortable two-goal lead into next Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg against Chelsea FC.
Benzema was the star of the show, netting a stunning hat-trick to leave Tuchel’s holders on the brink of a Champions League exit.
But Chelsea will be furious at Madrid’s third, with Mendy’s shocking error giving the visitors a two-goal advantage less than a minute into the second half.
CHELSEA FC (3-4-3): Edouard Mendy;
Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen;
Reece James, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Cesar Azpilicueta;
Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois;
Daniel Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy;
Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric;
Federico Valverde, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
Benzema puts the visitors 1-0 up, and what a goal it is! Vinicius is released behind the left wing after a one-two with the Frenchman and clips a lovely cross into Benzema’s path. Nevertheless, Madrid’s leading goalscorer heads brilliantly past Mendy, and the visitors have the advantage!
IT’S TWO FOR MADRID AND TWO FOR BENZEMA! Stamford Bridge is stunned into silence as Benzema peels away from Silva, heading Modric’s right-wing cross past Mendy and into the bottom-right corner. Regardless, It’s a substantial quick-fire double from the Madrid number nine!
Chelsea gets one back through Havertz! A neat move sees James glide inside from the right and pick out Jorginho. However, His brilliant cross is met by Havertz, who heads beyond Courtois to give Chelsea a route back into the match!
3-1 TO REAL MADRID, AND IT’S ANOTHER CHAMPIONS LEAGUE HAT-TRICK FOR BENZEMA! Oh, my word, what is Chelsea playing at here? It’s a disastrous start to the second half for the hosts, as Mendy’s terrible pass towards Rudiger allows Benzema to roll into an empty net!
So, what’s next?
Chelsea has now suffered two home defeats in a matter of days after being thrashed 4-1 by Brentford on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Tuchel’s men will need a massive performance to overhaul this deficit in Madrid.
Where Benzema will surely be confident of adding to his 11 Champions League goals for the season.
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