Benzema Equals Messi Landmark, But Faster!
Karim Benzema Equals Lionel Messi Landmark, But Faster!
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema scored a brace to eliminate Bayern Munich from the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night, and in doing so he equalled a personal landmark by Lionel Messi, but faster than the Argentine.
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The Frenchman, who has struggled to find the back of the net this season, turned from villain to hero as he scored both Real’s goals in their 2-2 draw against the German champions to send Los Blancos through to their third successive final 4-3 on aggregate.
Overall, Benzema has now scored four goals at the semi-final stage of the competition, as many as Lionel Messi in this round.
Benzema previously scored in Real’s 3-4 aggregate defeat to Borussia Dortmund in 2012/13 and a year later in the first leg of their 5-0 aggregate win against Bayern, as Marca pointed out.
Messi, meanwhile, scored two of his semi-final goals against Los Blancos in 2010/11 and another two against Bayern in 2014/15.
However, the Real striker managed to score his four goals at this stage of the competition in just 12 semi-final appearances, while Messi needed 13 semi-finals to reach four.
Overall, the 30-year-old has now scored 54 goals in the Champions League, which sees him sitting in fifth place in the competition's all-time ranking.
Fourty-three of his goals have come in Los Blancos colours, with only Raul Gonzalez (66 for Real Madrid), Messi (100 for Baercelona) and Ronaldo (105 for Real Madrid) having scored more UCL goals for a single club.
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