David Alaba, Toni Kroos, and Karim Benzema scored as Real Madrid sealed their spot in the Champions League knockout stages. So, in Group D of yesterday’s Champions League football results, Benzema carried Real forward by helping them beat Sheriff 0-3.
Karim Benzema scored on the same day he received a one-year suspended prison sentence as Real Madrid (the football news).
He helped Real Madrid sweep aside Sheriff 3-0 to book their place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
The Real Madrid and France forward also has to now pay a €75,000 fine. All this is because the court found him guilty of complicity in the attempted blackmail of former international team-mate. He involved himself in Mathieu Valbuena’s sex scandal by blackmailing the fellow Frenchman.
Champions League Football Results – Benzema Carried Real Forward
Benzema’s court verdict wasn’t a big distraction for Carlo Ancelotti’s men, unlike their shock home defeat in the reverse fixture.
They easily brushed aside their less illustrious opponents with the minimum of fuss.
David Alaba and Toni Kroos put Madrid two goals ahead at the break. And Benzema added a third goal before the hour mark.
And these three goals sealed his side’s place in the knockout stages with a game to spare in Group D.
Benzema saw an early goal ruled out for offside after Georgios Athanasiadis had parried Kroos’ shot. And the Sheriff goalkeeper got down well to Rodrygo’s strike before the midway point of the first half.
Madrid’s dominance over the ball saw its reward in the 30th minute when Alaba shot a free-kick from 20 yards. But the ball got deflected past Athanasiadis for the Austria international’s first Champions League goal for the club.
Kroos then doubled Madrid’s advantage in first-half stoppage time. He stroked in a sublime effort from 20 yards via the underside of the crossbar.
Benzema scored his fifth goal of this season’s competition in the 55th minute. he did so with a cool strike into Athanasiadis’ bottom-right corner from just outside the penalty area.
Sebastien Thill’s cross crashed back off Thibaut Courtois’ post as Sheriff rallied in the closing stages.
Eventually, though, Real Madrid held firm to ensure there was no blot on their copybook this time.