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Consecutive hat-tricks in UCL- Karim Benzema joins elite club of Messi and Ronaldo!

8:08 AM GMT+4 08/04/2022
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Only four players have netted thrice in two consecutive matches in the Champions League...

Karim Benzema continued his rich vein of form as he scored a hat-trick against Chelsea to fire Real Madrid to a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final encounter. The French striker has been in incredible form in the continental competition and has scored two consecutive hat-tricks in the space of just 76 minutes.

His first one came against PSG at the Santiago Bernabeu which helped Real Madrid overturn a 2-0 deficit and win the Round of 16 tie 3-2 on aggregate.Benzema not only scored ahat-trick but actually changed the complexion of the match. Madrid had looked to be staring down the barrell when Benzema showed his opportunistic nature forced PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma into making an error. Riding on the confidence from that goal, Benzema scored two more brilliant goals before PSG even knew what hit them.

On Thursday, Benzema was at his supreme best once again. The two stunning headers in the first half set the tone of the match and put Chelsea on the backfoot from which they could not recover. The third was a reward for his perseverance that forced an error from an opponent goalkeeper, this time Edouard Mendy. Mendy's feeble pass toward Antonio Rudiger was intercepted by Benzema who then rolled the ball into a gaping net. This hat-trick was special as no player had scored a hat-trick against Chelsea in Europe, until now.

With this, he also joins an elite list of players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Adrian Luiz who have scored consecutive hat-tricks in the UEFA Champions League.

Who all have scored consecutive hat-tricks in the Champions League?

Player

Date

Fixture

Tournament Stage

Time of Goals

Final Score

Luiz Adriano

October 21, 2014

BATE Borisov vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Group Stage

28'(p), 36', 40', 44', 82'(p)

0-7

Luiz Adriano

November 5, 2014

Shakhtar Donetsk vs BATE Borisov

Group Stage

58'(p), 83', 90+3'

5-0

Lionel Messi

September 13, 2016

Barcelona vs Celtic

Group Stage

3', 27', 60'

7-0

Lionel Messi

October 19, 2016

Barcelona vs Manchester City

Group Stage

17', 61', 69'

4-0

Cristiano Ronaldo

April 18, 2017

Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich

Quarter-Final

76', 105', 110'

4-2

Cristiano Ronaldo

May 2, 2017

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid

Semi-Final

10', 73', 86'

3-0

Karim Benzema

March 9, 2022

Real Madrid vs PSG

Round of 16

61', 76', 78'

3-1

Karim Benzema

April 7, 2022

Chelsea vs Real Madrid

Quarter-Final

21', 24', 46'

3-1