Benzema hat-trick leaves Chelsea mountain to climb

Karim Benzema’s hat-trick was his second in successive Champions League games after a treble against Paris St-Germain in the last 16

Chelsea’s hold on the Champions League hangs precariously after Karim Benzema’s hat-trick put Real Madrid in a position of power following the quarter-final first leg at Stamford Bridge.

Real coach Carlo Ancelotti made a winning return to the club where he won the Premier League and FA Cup double after veteran France striker Benzema delivered his latest masterclass.

Benzema, 34 and fresh from the treble that sunk Paris St-Germain in the last 16, punished holders Chelsea with two magnificent headers in the space of three minutes midway through the first half.

Kai Havertz’s header gave Chelsea hope before the break but keeper Edouard Mendy’s poor clearance seconds after the restart gifted Benzema his third to put Real in command of the tie before the second leg at the Bernabeu next Tuesday (12 April).

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  1. Squad number16Player nameMendy

  2. Squad number4Player nameChristensen

  3. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

  4. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger

  5. Squad number24Player nameJames

  6. Squad number7Player nameKanté

  7. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

  8. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta

  9. Squad number19Player nameMount

  10. Squad number10Player namePulisic

  11. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

  1. Squad number8Player nameKovacic

  2. Squad number9Player nameLukaku

  3. Squad number12Player nameLoftus-Cheek

  4. Squad number22Player nameZiyech

Real Madrid

  1. Squad number6Player nameNacho
  2. Squad number18Player nameBale
  3. Squad number19Player nameDani Ceballos
  4. Squad number25Player nameCamavinga



Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 16Mendy
  • 4ChristensenSubstituted forKovacicat 45′minutes
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 2RüdigerBooked at 19mins
  • 24James
  • 7KantéSubstituted forZiyechat 45′minutes
  • 5JorginhoSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 64′minutes
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 19Mount
  • 10PulisicSubstituted forLukakuat 64′minutes
  • 29Havertz


  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 3Alonso
  • 8Kovacic
  • 9Lukaku
  • 11Werner
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 13Bettinelli
  • 14Chalobah
  • 17Saúl
  • 22Ziyech
  • 23Kenedy
  • 31Sarr

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Courtois
  • 2Carvajal
  • 3MilitãoBooked at 14minsSubstituted forNachoat 64′minutes
  • 4Alaba
  • 23Mendy
  • 10Modric
  • 14Casemiro
  • 8KroosSubstituted forCamavingaat 74′minutes
  • 15ValverdeSubstituted forCeballosat 86′minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forBaleat 86′minutes
  • 20Vinícius Júnior


  • 5Vallejo
  • 6Nacho
  • 11Asensio
  • 12Marcelo
  • 13Lunin
  • 17Vázquez
  • 18Bale
  • 19Ceballos
  • 21Rodrygo
  • 24Mariano
  • 25Camavinga
  • 40Fuidias

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