Chelsea vs Real Madrid, Mendy, Benzema, hat trick video

One of the great goalkeeper screamers left holders Chelsea on the brink of Champions League elimination after a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid on Thursday (AEST).

Chelsea were already struggling, trailing 2-1 at half-time in the quarter-final first leg, before Edouard Mendy handed Madrid ace Karim Benzema a hat-trick as a gift at Stamford Bridge in London.

Madrid had hacked the ball aimless on the pitch and Mendy left his area to deal with what should have been an innocuous situation.

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But the Senegal international hesitated and then sent a weak pass aimed at team-mate Antonio Rudiger as Benzema leapt past the mortified Chelsea fans.

“He’s good enough to have to work for goals, but when you give him such a chance it’s utter chaos,” legendary commentator Martin Tyler said on Stan Sport’s coverage.

“And that could be the deciding factor when we finish the second leg. What a waste. He can’t believe what he saw, (manager) Thomas Tuchel. Mendy reflects on a crazy moment.”

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Co-commentator Alan Smith did his best to make sense of Chelsea’s calamity.

“Just not enough on the ball, trying to find Rudiger,” Smith said.

“Talk about a gift, talk about shooting yourself in the foot. He’s the last man you want to present the ball to.”

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Benzema’s first two goals came from bright, alert headers while Kai Havertz was Chelsea’s goalscorer.

In Thursday’s other quarter-final, Villarreal stunned German giants Bayern Munich 1-0 with Arnaut Danjuma as goalscorer.

Liverpool and Manchester City were the winners on Wednesday.

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