Benzema hat-trick silences Blues

Karim Benzema was the star of the show as Real Madrid emerged victorious against Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final match.

The Frenchman scored back-to-back Champions League hat-tricks for the first time in his career as Real Madrid beat Chelsea 3-1 in their own backyard at Stamford Bridge.

The French striker opened the score sheet in the 21st minute when he headed home the opener for Real Madrid.

A wonderful assist from Vinicius who broke down the left and floated in a wonderful ball for the No.9 and his header beat Mendy and hit the back of the net.

Three minutes later Benzema headed home his second goal in three minutes after the evergreen Luka Modric swung in a ball from the right and this time the French forward got on the end of it, while moving backwards and the ball floated past Mendy.

Just before the break, Chelsea were back in the game, as Kai Havertz pulled one back for the blues.

A lovely floated ball into the area from Jorginho, found the German and his finish went past Courtois, who got a hand to it.

Just after the break Benzema sealed of his hatrick after Mendy and Rudiger made a mess of a clearance and the French man won the ball and side-footed into an empty net from 25 yards.

As Chelsea were unable to reduce the deficit and the defending champions have a mountain to climb in Madrid.

Benzema then became the fourth player after Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Luiz Adriano to score back-to-back hat-tricks in Europe’s top competition. 

In the other match of the night, Spanish outfit Villarreal edged German champions Bayern Munich 1-0 to take a narrow advantage to Allianz Arena in Germany.

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