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Chelsea make unwanted history as Karim Benzema joins Lionel Messi during first half of Champions League clash

Chelsea fans, look away now

A pair of incredible stats have come to light in the first half of Chelsea clash with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday evening.

The two sides faced off in the Champions League last eight first leg, and after an opening that the visitors shaded, they fell behind when Kepa could only push Vinicius Jr’s shot into the path of Karim Benzema, who tapped in.

After that, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s side that dominated, with only some poor decision making in the final third and some good saves from Kepa Arrizabalaga keeping the score at 1-0.

In fact, the eight shots on target that Real Madrid notched up were the most that the Blues have ever faced in the first half of any Champions League game since 2003, two decades.

Meanwhile, Karim Benzema’s effort saw him join illustrious company.

In tapping home, the veteran Frenchman brought up his 20th goal against English opponents, including each of his last 11 Champions League knockout goals.

That is a record that only Argentine great Lionel Messi can better, with the former Barcelona man having managed to find the net on 27 occasions against English opponents.

The two sides remain separated by just the one goal, with the winner of the meeting between the pair having yielded the Champions of the entire competition in the last two seasons.

Ancelotti’s Madrid will be hoping that the trend can continue, with the winner of this tie set to meet one of Manchester City and Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Should Chelsea continue to offer the level of chances that they did in the first half, the game could well be over come the return leg in a week’s time.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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