London : Real Madrid advanced to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals following Karim Benzema thrashing Chelsea 3-1 here on Thursday.
Benzema opened the scoring in the 21st minute as he got a brilliant cross from Vinicius and went into the back of the net to give the visitors a 1–0 lead at Stamford Bridge.
Three minutes later he did it again as it was Luka Modric with a super serve from Benzema who again managed to put the ball into the net to double Real Madrid’s lead.
In the 30th minute, Militao again came out of a Toni Kroos corner but this time his header went into Mendy’s hands. Chelsea reduced Madrid’s lead to one as Kai Havertz was able to lead one past Courtois in the 40th minute.
Kai Havertz pulled Chelsea back into the competition out of nowhere before half-time, but the luckless Edouard Mendy gifted his hat-trick goal with an undersold pass to Benzema.
A minute into the second half, Real Madrid took their two-goal lead as Benzema was able to block a weak pass from Mendy, who was out of his net and managed to shoot the ball into the empty cage.
The prolific striker reduced his competition target to 13 in just seven matches. Benzema scored 37 goals of his season in 36 appearances for Real, giving his team a big chance of making the semi-finals to win their 14th Champions League title.
The final whistle blew after five minutes of extra time and Real Madrid secured an impressive victory on the road thanks to another hat-trick from their star striker Karim Benzema.
Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel considered his side a below-par performance after watching his team lose 3–1 in the Champions League.
“It’s a huge loss,” Tuchel told Chelsea’s official website. It was one of the worst first stops we’ve seen here at Stamford Bridge. You can’t play like this individually or as a team at such a level.”
“Of all of us, we were not good enough; We weren’t doing what we were used to. The first half was so far by any standards that we set ourselves,” he said.
Tuchel pointed to a lack of strength in passes and tackles as the reason behind the difficult first half, while turning down opportunities after the break proved costly.
The return phase is scheduled for next Tuesday, 12 April at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid where Real Madrid will look to book their place in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.