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    Benzema Smashes Hat-trick, Helps Real Madrid Get Massive 3-1 Win Against Chelsea

    A sensational Hat-trick by veteran striker Karim Benzema, including two fine-headed goals in the span of three first-half minutes, helped Real Madrid snatch a 3-1 win at ruling European champions Chelsea, in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.

    Benzema Steals the Show with a Terrific Hat-trick

    The French star scored his first goal at Stamford Bridge in the 21st minute, with his spectacular laser header off of Vinicius Junior’s cross- a spectacular goal that was special for the fact that Benzema headed the ball from distance, just inside the line that designates the penalty space. 

    Just in the course of three minutes, the star striker doubled his team’s lead over the opposition, with another superb header. Luka Modric picked Benzema’s run out with a smoothly lofted ball and the forward was perfect to adjust his balance and direct the ball back across goal. 

    Thanks to Kai Havertz’s 40th-minute brilliant header that helped the defending champions pull a goal back. 

    However, the French striker didn’t have to put on a long wait to secure his hat-trick. In the 46th minute, Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy misplayed an apparently easy ball as he tried finding Antonio Rudiger. Benzema grabbed the mistake and was as classy as ever, cleanly finishing past a sliding Mendy to help his team take the 3-1 lead. 

    With that top-notch performance, the striker became the first ever to score a Champions League hat-trick against Chelsea since the competition kicked off. It was his second hat-trick for the season, after smashing his first against PSG. He became the second-ever player after Cristiano Ronaldo to score two consecutive hat tricks in Champions League knockouts. He even overtakes the eight goals by Wissam Ben and Kylian Mbappe, becoming the first French player to hit double figures in this tournament. 

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