A hat-trick from Karim Benzema gave Real Madrid a 3-1 win over Chelsea, while Villarreal pulled off another surprising Champions League result with a 1-0 win over Bayern Munich in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday night.
CHELSEA 1-3 REAL MADRID:
Karim Benzema scored a second consecutive Champions League hat-trick as Real Madrid stunned holders Chelsea to take a 3-1 lead in the first leg of their quarter final at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
The Frenchman followed up his tie-winning heroics against Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round with another devastating contribution to leave the Blues on the brink ahead of next week’s trip to the Bernabeu.
Benzema set the tone when he powered home a pair of technically brilliant headers in three first-half minutes to put the Spaniard’s firmly in control.
A shell-shocked Chelsea eventually responded just before the interval through a Kai Havertz header but they were left with a mountain to climb within seconds of the restart.
A howler from Edouard Mendy presented Benzema with a present and he duly rolled into an empty net to gobble up a treble and restore the away side’s two-goal cushion.
Substitute Romelu Lukaku blew a big chance for Thomas Tuchel’s side to reduce the arrears and the let off allowed the La Liga leaders to come through an intense finale unscathed.
Real will now host Getafe on Saturday prior to welcoming the Blues to the Bernabeu for the second leg on Tuesday evening. Chelsea visit Southampton.
VILLARREAL 1-0 BAYERN MUNICH:
Villarreal took a slender advantage into the second leg of their Champions League quarter final against Bayern Munich, sealing a 1-0 win at Estadio de la Ceramica in the opening game between the two teams.
Unai Emery’s side got off to the perfect start as they took the lead with just seven minutes on the clock, to the delight of the home support.
Giovani Lo Celso’s cut-back into the box from the right found Dani Parejo, whose scuffed shot was turned into the net by Arnaut Danjuma ahead of him, as the Dutchman grabbed his sixth Champions League goal for the Yellow Submarines.
The home side then found the net again five minutes before half-time, as Francis Coquelin’s cross from the left somehow ended up in the far corner of the goal. However, VAR ruled the goal out for offside in the build-up.
The game became more open in the second half, with both sides creating big chances to score. Villarreal came closest, as Gerard Moreno’s strike from 25-yards out smacked the bottom of the post, to the relief of Manuel Neuer in the Bayern Munich goal.
It’s actually funny how yesterday’s champions league results is same with tonight’s results🤔🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/Y9GLwdSHIo
— Eddie Blankson 🎧 (@EddyEnema) April 6, 2022
The hosts held on despite pressure late on from Bayern to secure another famous European win on home soil.