Benzema leads Real Madrid to the Champions League semi-finals with three goals against Chelsea

LONDON: The star Frenchman Karim Benzema led his Real Madrid team to take a giant step towards qualifying for the Champions League semi-finals, after scoring 3 goals (hat-trick) during the royal team’s 3-1 win over Chelsea today, Wednesday, first leg The quarter-finals of the continental competition. There star Frenchman Karim Benzema wore the championship suit in the match, after scoring 3 goals for Real (hat-trick) in the 21st, 24th and 47th minutes, while Germany’s Kai Haveritz scored Chelsea’s only goal in the 40th minute Minute, becoming the second consecutive hat-trick Benzema scored for the royal team, after he also scored a hat-trick during Real’s 3/1 victory over host Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of the tournament’s round of 16. Benzema raised hers record of goals in the tournament in this season to 11 goals, to share second place in the Champions League scorer list with the ivorian Sebastian Heller, Ajax Amsterdam player, with a goal difference behind Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich striker (the leading ). For Real, who won their first win in their history against Chelsea, they just need to lose by just one goal in the second leg in house (Santiago Bernabeu) to go up in semifinal of the tournament, which holds the record of number of times won with 13 titles. On the other hand, Chelsea must win by at least two goals if they are to continue the championship they crowned last season. (Dpa)