Catch up with highlights and reactions as Real Madrid dominated Chelsea to secure a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge, while Villarreal stunned Bayern Munich by claiming a 1-0 win in the Champions League first leg on Wednesday.
Chelsea 1-3 Real Madrid
Carlo Ancelotti hailed Karim Benzema’s “fantastic” hat-trick as he fired Real Madrid to a 3-1 win over Chelsea that put the Champions League holders on the brink of elimination after Wednesday’s quarter-final first leg.
Benzema produced a masterclass at Stamford Bridge as the France striker netted twice in the first half with two perfectly taken headers.
Kai Havertz reduced the deficit before the interval, but Benzema punished a woeful mistake from Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy in the second half to complete his treble.
It was the sublime Benzema’s second successive Champions League hat-trick after he single-handedly inspired their epic comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16 second leg.
Ancelotti’s side are in pole position to advance to the semi-finals as they return to Madrid for the second leg on 12 April.
After losing to Chelsea in last season’s Champions League semi-finals, Real will have the opportunity to exact revenge at the Bernabeu.
Here are the highlights:
Villarreal 1-0 Bayern Munich
Villarreal inflicted a shock 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich on Wednesday as Arnaut Danjuma’s strike boosted the Spanish team’s hopes of causing a huge upset in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Danjuma diverted in Dani Parejo’s shot in the eighth minute at La Ceramica to seal a surprise win, with Bayern perhaps even fortunate not to be further behind going into the second leg in Germany next week.
Gerard Moreno hit the post and then curled a long-range effort agonisingly wide after Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer had skewed a clearance, briefly leaving his own net gaping.
Here are the reactions:
Thomas Tuchel post-match:
Carlo Ancelotti post-match:
Unai Emery post-match: