It was a crazy encounter that made Benzema even crazier. He set the pace for the residents of Madrid, to the point where he topped the C1 standings with 14 goals. He is one of the most serious contenders for the Ballon d’Or.
I am mainly thinking about winning La Liga and winning the Champions League. What comes next, we’ll see, I’m really focused on the collective trophiessaid Benzema at the microphone of the French channel Canal +, knowing that his performances speak for him.
For his 600th appearance in a Real Madrid uniform, the French international revived his club, adrift in the first half, by bending the center of Ferland Mendy with the left foot in the 33rd minute to 1-2.
Real were completely absent for the first 20 minutes, trailing by two goals after 12 minutes of play, which has never happened in their long Champions League history.
From the second minute, Riyad Mahrez rose from the right wing and then attacked in the center without being attacked. He put the ball on Kevin de Bruyne’s diving header, despite the presence of Carvajal’s foot a few millimeters from his forehead.
Less than 10 minutes later, on a cross from the same de Bruyne, David Alaba missed his intervention and Gabriel Jesus only had to open his foot to double the bet.
In the 48th, Mahrez again came up alone against Thibaut Courtois, but his shot from the inside went off the post to Phil Foden, whose immediate rebound on the line was saved by Carvajal.
It was only a reprieve as five minutes later Foden missed, six yards, the offer of Fernandinho (3-1, 53rd), who had replaced John Stones in the 36th minute on the right-back post where Joao Cancelo, suspended and Kyle Walker, wounded, was already missing.
And what about Bernardo Silva’s sublime effort in the top corner that left Courtois speechless (4-2, 74th).
Still, the Sky Blues will have only the slightest advantages in Madrid because of Benzema’s genius.
In a breathtaking finale to the game, the French softly let themselves go in the middle of the net for a penalty (4-3), to which he himself contributed by forcing Aymeric Laporte to hit an armball.
We had to dare, especially because
KB9 had missed his last two penalties in the Spanish League. This time, the former Lyonnais did not tremble to score his 85th goal in the Champions League, at the end of the match, which puts him one goal behind the 3rd rank in history, occupied by the Pole Robert Lewandowski.
It’s mental toughness, calmness. The guards watch me, watch me shoot to punish. There are times when you have to change said Benzema.
With his double at the end of the game, he set the counter to 41 performances in 41 games, the results of a dream season.
In addition to his goals scored, he was the author of some strokes of genius. The continued pressure on Ruben Dias almost led to the Portuguese’s own goal, saved from both his post and an offside situation (26th). Or his perfect center on the head of David Alaba, who missed just on the right (30th).
Admittedly, Real suffered a lot, to the point of getting into trouble in the second half. He trailed 4-2 and was close to scoring a fifth goal.
Benzema, however, continued to address his people, asking for the ball and daring to make gestures of class.
The appointment is made for the return leg against Manchester City, in a week, at the Santiago-Bernabeu stadium, his garden, where Real Madrid, with its 13 trophies in the Champions League, can dream of a new final.