Karim Benzema provided the final moment of genius on a thrilling Champions League night, and Thierry Henry perfectly explained why the Real Madrid striker’s goal was so good.
Real and Chelsea gave fans two hugely entertaining hours of football on Tuesday as the Premier League side looked to pull off one of Europe’s great comebacks.
Thomas Tuchel’s side were trailing 3-1 at the start of the game, courtesy of Benzema’s hat-trick at Stamford Bridge six days earlier, but with away goals no longer counting the double, they knew they only needed two goals to drag things into overtime.
Then in extra time, it was Benzema who won the game, heading home past Vinicius Junior’s cross, after Antonio Rudiger slipped into the box.
However, Henry, working for CBS, explained exactly how good the French striker’s movement was for the goal, explaining that stepping back to find space put him in the perfect position and body shape for score, while also communicating with Vinicius.
And, again on Tuesday night, fans loved the Arsenal legend’s take on his compatriot’s game-winning goal.
The respect Henry commands from his co-pundits and the way he captivates the audience every time he talks about football is a magnificent sight. My GOAT. https://t.co/xyy5kXEuO2
— Sixes (@Sixes365) April 12, 2022
Benzema now has 11 Champions League goals this season, one behind Robert Lewandowski, after scoring back-to-back hat-tricks, in the second round second leg against PSG and the first leg against Chelsea.
Real will face either Manchester City or local rivals Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals and, having scored four goals against the reigning European champions, it’s not like Benzema is scared of the either team.
No doubt Henry will provide analysis for many of his goals en route to this title.