UEFA Champions League UCL : Benzema bags hat-trick to hand Real Madrid an important away win over Chelsea

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Real Madrid beat Chelsea 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg tie on Wednesday night, thanks to a Karim Benzema hat-trick at Stamford Bridge.

The Spanish side scored two goals in the space of three minutes with Benzema making the difference in the 21st and 24th minutes.

Kai Havertz reduced the scoreline five minutes prior to the half-time but Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy’s mistake cost Thomas Tuchel’s men in the second stanza.

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The Senegal international failed to address a good ball to a teammate and Benzema snatched it again to score his hat-trick and help Madrid win the game.

The defending champions will have the opportunity to turn things around next week in the return leg at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid.

Line-ups

Chelsea XI : Mendy, Christensen, Silva, Rudiger, James, Kante, Jorginho, Azpilicueta, Mount, Havertz, Pulisic

Real Madrid XI : Courtois – Carvajal, Militão, Alaba, Mendy – Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos – Modric – Benzema, Vini Jr.


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