On Wednesday night, the French center-forward Karim Benzema was again sparkling against the Blues by scoring a hat-trick (1-3).
He reoffended. After scoring a hat-trick against Paris Saint-Germain in the eighth final return of the Champions League, thus qualifying his team for the rest of the competition, Karim Benzema once again shook the net three times on Wednesday night.
This time, against Chelsea, the defending champions of the cup with big ears, in the quarter-final first leg at Stamford Bridge. “El Nueve” first opened the scoring in the 21st minute of play with a powerful header at the end of a lightning counter-attack conducted with his partner Vinicius Jr.
As against the Red and Blue in March, the French international did not wait long to score the second goal of his evening. Just three minutes after opening the scoring, “KB9” flew away again to deceive the vigilance of Edouard Mendy with a magnificent crossed head on a fantastic center of Luka Modric (23rd).
The Olympique Lyonnais-trained striker did not go very far to score a hat-trick in the first act, again well served by Vinicius Jr.
Finally, the Madrid center-forward concluded his incredible cross, taking advantage of a technical error by the Chelsea goalkeeper just after returning to the dressing room.
With this hat-trick, which offered a victory oh so important to the Spaniards, the captain of Real Madrid was logically elected man of the match.
With 11 achievements, the Frenchman returned to a single small unit of Robert Lewandowski in the Ranking of Champions League scorers.