Real Madrid beat Chelsea 3-1 in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals at Stamford Bridge, Thursday (7/4/2022) early morning hrs. Karim Benzema scored three goals for Los Blancos . Meanwhile, the Blues’ single goal was produced by Kai Havertz.
Thanks to this victory, Real Madrid had the upper hand to qualify for the semifinals. What more, they play the second leg at home, Santiago Bernabeu next week. The match this morning not only produced a shower of goals, but there were also a number of interesting notes.
1. Karim Benzema scored consecutive hat-tricks
Karim Benzema is the fourth player in Champions League history to score a hat-trick in succession. Previously, there were Luiz Adriano, Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Of these names, only Benzema and Ronaldo were able to do so in the knockout stages. Benzema recorded this against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea. Meanwhile, CR7 created two consecutive hat -tricks against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid.
2. Karim Benzema has been involved in 50 goals throughout the 2021/2022 season
Age is just a number for Karim Benzema. Although he is currently 34 years old, the French striker is still able to show an impressive performance in the 2021/2022 season. He has been involved in 50 goals (37 goals and 13 assists ) for Real Madrid so far.
Interestingly, Benzema recorded this in just 36 matches. The nick is the first time for Benzema in a season.
3. Karim Benzema becomes the first French player to score more than 10 goals
The addition of three goals makes Karim Benzema currently has 11 goals in the 2021/2022 Champions League competition. He became the first French player to score more than 10 goals in the Blue Continent highest caste in one season. Benzema passed Just Fontaine score, which had 10 goals in the 1958/1959 European Cup.
In addition, Benzema is the third player to score more than 10 goals in the 2021/2022 Champions League. Robert Lewandowski and Sébastien Haller have already done it.
4. David Alaba 100th Champions League match
The match against Chelsea was also very memorable for David Alaba. The reason is, the Austrian player is playing his 100th match in the Champions League competition. Interestingly, from all of his appearances, he was able to win 70 times.
It became the record for most wins in the first 100 matches in Europe highest caste. Alaba was able to get past Robert Lewandowski score which created 67 wins in 100 matches.
5. Real Madrid beat Chelsea for the first time
For the first time in the club history, Real Madrid managed to beat Chelsea in the Champions League. Even more special, the victory was won by Los Blancos at home to the Blues , Stamford Bridge.
On the other hand, the match was Thomas Tuchel first defeat of Real Madrid. Karim Benzema became the main actor by scoring a hat-trick in just 46 minutes.
6. A bad week for Thomas Tuchel
This week has been a very bad week for Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea. How not, in just two games, the Blues’ goal has conceded seven times.
On Saturday (2/4/2022), Chelsea surprisingly lost to Brentford by a landslide score of 1-4 in the Premier League. The suffering of the club from West London continued with being defeated by Real Madrid with a score of 1-3 in the Champions League this morning. Even more disappointing, both matches were held at Stamford Bridge.
7. Kai Havertz is Chelsea top scorer
The addition of one goal against Real Madrid made Kai Havertz already collected 12 goals throughout the 2021/2022 season. This record made him the Blues’ temporary top scorer with Romelu Lukaku.
Uniquely, Jorginho is next in line with a score of 9 goals for Chelsea. All of Jorginho goals have come from penalties.
These results certainly make Real Madrid have the upper hand to wade through the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.