Demigod Benzema stuns champs Chelsea with sublime hat-trick

Thursday, April 7, 2022
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Karim Benzema Stuns Champions Chelsea With Sublime Hat Trick

Real Madrid's win over Chelsea in the Champions League semifinals is a big statement of intent. Chelsea were a shadow of themselves last season‚ but won six of their last seven games before the international break. And their manager‚ Thomas Tuchel‚ dismissed their 4-1 defeat to Brentford as nothing to worry about. This match‚ however‚ may have been a warning to the Blues.

Benzema's hat trick

The Spanish midfielder has scored a hat trick in three consecutive games‚ including a superb first-half header. Benzema had been unable to score against Chelsea before‚ but the former Tottenham player's stunning header from the right was a beauty. The ball nearly struck Benzema‚ but the header rebounded inside the post. The goal had echoes of Edin Dzeko's header against Tottenham and a Harry Kane header against Arsenal a few years later. Both goals were a sublime header‚ and the latter's hat trick was among the best at Stamford Bridge for a good three minutes. Benzema's header came after a cross from Modric. He pounced on the space with his head‚ cushioning the ball into the top corner. Vinicius's pace and the magic spray on his calf have caused Benzema's goal to be ruled out‚ but the screamer's header was still the best goal of the game. Rudiger and Militao were brought on at halftime‚ but the German striker had already scored a hat trick. In the 21st minute‚ Benzema headed in a cross from a distance inside the penalty area. He almost doubled the advantage for Real Madrid‚ but the Chelsea keeper made a mistake by allowing a cross to reach Antonio Rudiger. Benzema took advantage of the error and finished calmly past Mendy.

Benzema's third Champions League hat trick

Real Madrid thumped defending champions Chelsea 3-1 thanks to three goals from Karim Benzema. The Frenchman has now scored a Champions League hat trick in back-to-back matches. He hat tricked PSG in the round of 16 before scoring a hat trick in the second leg to single-handedly erase a 2-0 aggregate deficit. Benzema's hat trick came in a remarkable 25 minutes against Chelsea. Real Madrid's age was a factor in their win over Chelsea. The players were all older than Chelsea and Carlo Ancelotti's side were able to outwit Chelsea's former coach Thomas Tuchel and their shaky defense. They were also supported by the booing of their goalkeeper‚ Thibaut Courtois‚ who was hailed a hero despite being the first-choice goalkeeper.

Benzema's 27th Champions League goal

Karim Benzema's brace against Chelsea gave Real Madrid the win. The Frenchman headed home Luka Modric's cross within three minutes to open the scoring. After a period in which Chelsea looked to have the upper hand‚ Benzema doubled their lead with a brace. Chelsea's plight was deepened by further chances created by Madrid. A header from Dani Carvajal squirmed under Courtois in stoppage time‚ but Andreas Christensen was on hand to save the game. Real Madrid's talisman Karim Benzema is now a world class striker‚ and has now scored more goals in one season than any other player in history. The veteran forward has hit 37 goals in 36 matches for the Spanish giants‚ and Carlo Ancelotti compares him to a fine wine. Benzema's hat trick against Chelsea is his 27th Champions League goal‚ equaling Just Fontaine's Champions League record of 36. Benzema's hat trick was the latest in a string of impressive goals for Real this season. He's now the only player to score two hat tricks in consecutive Champions League knockout games‚ a feat only Cristiano achieved last season. Benzema has already scored 37 goals this season‚ and he scored three against PSG in the Round of 16.

Benzema's sublime hat trick

After a long‚ drawn-out battle‚ Karim Benzema finally ended the long wait by stunnning Chelsea with a sublime hat trick. Only Cristiano Ronaldo has landed a hat trick in consecutive knockout games. The 34-year-old's goal is a remarkable achievement‚ and it lent a hint of foreboding to Chelsea's future. The stunning hat trick by Benzema was a highlight of a remarkable campaign for the Spaniard. In the previous game‚ Chelsea lost 3-1 to Brentford‚ while the same team hammered the Blues 4-0. Benzema‚ once the guide act for Real Madrid‚ has established himself as one of the top strikers in the world. His three goals in the Champions League knockout game on Sunday made him the first player to score a hat trick in consecutive knockout games since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2017. He has also racked up 37 goals in the league this season. The match continued to be a fantastic battle for a Champions League berth. In a pulsating first half‚ Real Madrid dominated Chelsea‚ and Benzema was at the centre of the action. At halftime‚ the Spanish giants led 2-1. In the second half‚ Benzema was a mere second away from completing his hat trick.

Benzema's hat trick against Chelsea

Karim Benzema's hat trick was one of the highlights of a wonderful evening for Real Madrid. The Frenchman scored twice with headers in the first half‚ then added a third after the break. Although Chelsea shifted to a back four in the second half‚ Benzema was able to capitalise on a mistake by Edouard Mendy in the Chelsea goal. His tally of 37 goals in 36 games this season is already his best ever tally in all competitions. Benzema had already scored a hat trick against PSG in the previous round. Real Madrid's record of scoring in the Champions League stands at a record high‚ as he is the fourth highest scorer in the competition. Benzema's sublime treble against Chelsea is a reminder that Chelsea are not out of the race just yet. Chelsea have plenty of chances to score at the Bernabeu‚ but Madrid are still dangerous. Even though Benzema has been a mainstay in the Champions League since January‚ he still looks a wonder kid. The three staged development of his career has given him a much higher level of expertise. The French maestro played a one-two with Vinicius‚ before sending a cross down the left flank. The Brazilian continued his forward run‚ met the cross from nearly 20 metres out and beat Edouard Mendy to it. It was a glorious hat trick‚ but it was a stupid goal for the Blues. They were desperate to level the score and ended up with a dreadful defeat.

Benzema's hat trick against Bayern Munich

The stunning hat trick scored by Karim Benzema against Bayern Munich was the first of its kind in Champions League history. The Spaniard‚ who used to be a Real Madrid supporter‚ now ranks among the world's best strikers. His three goals in the knockout round came after he had already scored three goals against PSG in the previous round. Benzema‚ who was partnered by Brazilian striker Vinicius‚ is one of the most underrated players in Europe. His two goals in the first half came through headers‚ the first of which was created by Vinicius and the second was guided across Edouard Mendy. Benzema was undoubtedly the best player in Europe on Tuesday night. Benzema has now scored 11 goals in eight Champions League games. The two trebles against Bayern Munich were his best in the competition‚ and his double against Chelsea was another highlight. The Frenchman is a 'legend' in Europe‚ and a hat trick against the Bundesliga's top side will surely boost Madrid's confidence in winning the trophy for a second time. In the first leg of the Champions League‚ Benzema's team was in control of proceedings. Benzema's sublime hat trick gave Madrid a 1-0 lead. The game was played at the Estadio de la Ceramica stadium in Villarreal‚ Spain. Benzema has been in superb form lately‚ and it was evident from his sublime hat trick against Bayern Munich that the visitors were on the verge of defeat.