Karim Benzemas Extra-Time Winner Sends Real Madrid to UCL

Tuesday, April 12, 2022
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Karim Benzemas Extra Time Winner Sends Real Madrid to UCL Finals

Despite going into the second leg with a two-goal lead‚ Carlo Ancelotti's team had to come from behind. Mason Mount's late goal left Chelsea open to a spirited rally. Both Timo Werner and Antonio Rudiger scored in the second half to help Chelsea win. Real Madrid struggled to find a way to score without suspended Eder Militao.

Benzema's hat-trick

The Champions League knockout stages have a new king. Karim Benzema has been in scintillating form‚ scoring seven goals in three games. In the first leg against Chelsea‚ he scored a hat-trick. This is his first UCL hat-trick‚ though‚ and it's sure to be a memorable one for the team. Chelsea had come to the Santiago Bernabeu for a comeback. Their first leg ended 3-1‚ but a late Karim Benzema header put the home side ahead on aggregate. Benzema‚ who scored three goals in the Champions League last season‚ was unmarked when he popped up unmarked to score. He was assisted by Vinicius Jr. to score the winning goal. The hosts started strongly‚ gaining a 3-1 lead at half-time. However‚ they were hit by two goals in the last ten minutes‚ with Chelsea responding in the 73rd minute when Werner slid past the Madrid defence. Then‚ Chelsea's defence regrouped. But Benzema capitalised on a mistake by Rudiger and headed in the winning goal from the penalty spot.

Rodrygo's goal

Last night‚ Real Madrid came close to elimination at the hands of Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals‚ but the Frenchman hit a stunning winner in stoppage time. The ball touched the hands of the Spanish defender as it headed for the far corner of the net. And the Frenchman is still on his game. He will be hoping to score more against Juventus‚ but a late header from Karim Benzemas will send Madrid to the UCL finals. Chelsea's gameplan was to play the same way as the first leg‚ but they were not a threat in the final third. The first half was spent mainly in the Madrid half‚ and Chelsea's best chances came through Mason Mount and Antonio Rudiger. However‚ after Real Madrid had equalised‚ they began to play with a bit more urgency. After the goal from Chelsea‚ they responded with a counter-attacking performance. Chelsea defeated Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals‚ but Chelsea had a better night at Stamford Bridge. The Spanish side won the first leg 5-4 on aggregate. The English side came to Madrid with big comeback plans. But Real Madrid scored three goals‚ two of which were headed. Karim Benzema's penalty in the extra time period won the game for the Spanish club.

Benzema's strike off the bar

After scoring a late equaliser‚ Karim Benzema went on to score a hat-trick and move into fourth place in all-time goalscoring charts in the Champions League. His strike off the bar put Real Madrid into the semi-finals for the first time since 2012. The Frenchman has now scored 11 goals in eight games in the Champions League. The visitors were dominated for the first half of the tie‚ but they responded with a burst of energy in the final minutes. They scored two goals in less than three minutes‚ and both came from Benzema's strike. The former Liverpool man received a long ball on the left from the right and headed it into the area. After the ball hit the crossbar‚ Benzema calmly stepped up and finished off a move from Vini Jr. Modric was surprised by the support of his own team and his assist. Despite the disappointment of the first leg‚ Real Madrid reached the semifinals of the Champions League. After beating Chelsea 3-1 in the first leg at Stamford Bridge‚ the La Liga side won the second leg 3-2 on aggregate. Benzema was on a mission‚ and he proved it by scoring two more goals in the second leg. A hat-trick against Chelsea was the best result for Real Madrid‚ and his strike off the bar was a spectacular moment.

Benzema's run

The Spanish giants had taken a comfortable lead against Chelsea in the first leg but were unable to maintain it in the second. In the extra period‚ they came back to score and a Karim Benzema header gave Madrid an extra edge. The Argentinian is now in form and is on course to reach his fourth UCL final. He will now face the winner of Manchester City vs. Atletico Madrid. The victory is a huge boost for the club‚ who are aiming to reach the UCL final for the first time since 2009. Just last week‚ Real Madrid were on the brink of being knocked out by Juventus. After a 0-3 defeat at home‚ they were awarded a penalty in stoppage time after Lucas Vazquez fouled Karim Benzema. Read the full article here. Luka Modric‚ one of Europe's best midfielders‚ delivered an outside-of-the-boot cross for Rodrygo to head in. The goal was overturned by VAR‚ who ruled that Alonso had handled the ball in the area. Chelsea still had chances in extra time‚ with Kai Havertz heading past the near post and Jorginho swatting wide.

Benzema's pass

After an intense match in the Champions League‚ Karim Benzema answered his team's goal calls with a stunning header in extra time to send Real Madrid through to the semi-finals. In the first leg at Stamford Bridge‚ Benzema had headed against the bar and then headed in an unmarked header after the defender Rudiger slipped and passed the ball to him. Now‚ Real Madrid will play either Manchester City or Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals. The result was a huge win for the Spanish side‚ who blew a comfortable lead against Chelsea in the first leg before falling behind by a goal in the second. But‚ a late strike from Benzema and a goal from Timo Werner saw them progress 5-4 on aggregate. Now‚ they will face the winner of Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid. In the first leg‚ Chelsea led 3-0 after Mason Mount scored. However‚ Real Madrid were much better and went up 2-0 after the break. Marcos Alonso had a goal disallowed for handball‚ but Rodrygo netted a rebound. The game went into extra time‚ and Benzema headed in the winner with a header to send Real Madrid into the UCL final.

Chelsea's second half push

After a sluggish start in the first leg‚ Real Madrid stormed back to win the second leg with a 3-2 aggregate win over Chelsea. In the extra period‚ Karim Benzema headed home a header from the edge of the box to send the Los Blancos through to the UCL semifinals. Chelsea fought back and equalised in the second half through Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner. Chelsea were also without suspended Eder Militao‚ and they had struggled to find a way through. Chelsea have been the better team in the first half‚ but it's clear that Real Madrid are the better team. The first half has seen Chelsea dominate‚ but they have not hit Courtois' goal. Real Madrid are able to play the game with the luxury of sitting back and defending their goal‚ but they're not doing it. The first half ended with a 2-2 draw and a replay will show which side will go through. Chelsea were a tough nut to crack‚ and it was a shame to go down 3-2. Real Madrid deserved the win‚ and were right to be confident after winning the first leg in Stamford Bridge. After conceding the lead through Mason Mount‚ the Blues were forced to play extra time. Benzema's late headed effort sent Real Madrid to the semi-finals on aggregate.

Benzema's foot

Real Madrid have reached the semifinals of the Champions League after a tense extra time clash with Chelsea. Having led 2-0 after the first leg at Stamford Bridge‚ Real Madrid were beaten by one goal in the second leg‚ forcing extra time and advancing 5-4 on aggregate. Chelsea will face either Manchester City or Atletico Madrid in the next round. Karim Benzema's extra time winner is the difference. After conceding a second goal in the 87th minute‚ Madrid were 1-0 down against Werner's side. The 78th minute saw Rodrygo come on for Marcelo‚ and he scored after just two minutes. Real Madrid were stunned by Werner's goal‚ but Rodrygo quickly leveled the tie and forced extra time. Vinicius then crossed for Benzema to head home the equalizer. With an extra time winner‚ Karim Benzema helped Real Madrid to seal the victory over Chelsea and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League. Ajax had already eliminated Real in the last round‚ but the Frenchman made up for it with a late header. It looked as if Benzema had scuffed his header by touching the back of a Spaniard's hand.