Benzema reveals why he took a Panenka penalty against Ederson in Man City vs Real Madrid thriller


Karim Benzema continued his spectacular campaign, with the Frenchman scoring yet again in the UEFA Champions League to help his side to a slim 4-3 defeat in the first leg of their semifinal showdown with Manchester City.

In fact, the Blancos striker scored twice, netting in the first half to pull his team back into the game just as it appeared to be drifting away from them, before confidently converting a second-half penalty. His spot kick grabbed all the headlines as it oozed of confidence, with the 34-year-old executing an audacious Panenka over Ederson at such a venue.

This effort saw Benzema make the headlines, with fans and pundits alike praising the former Lyon ace for scoring such a goal. Interestingly, his Panenmka came on the back of Real Madrid's recent clash with Osasuna, with the Frenchman missing twice from the spot kick in that weekend victory.

After the game, Karim spoke about that penalty and revealed what was going through his head when he stepped up to the spot. The Spanish Primera Division superstar revealed that it was down to one thing: his mental confidence. The striker told reporters after the final whistle, as per Goal

"I always have it in my head that if you don't take a penalty, you will never miss a penalty.

"That's mental confidence and that's all. I have a lot of confidence in myself, so I do it and it turns out well."

Benzema would also go on to label his penalty a "cold blooded", which is a take most would agree with. Nonetheless, what matters most is the score line as Real Madrid have a mere one-goal deficit to overcome in the second leg.

The return match will take place next Wednesday at Santiago Bernabeu, meaning the Spanish giants will have the crowd behind them this time around. However, Ancelotti's men must be wary. Manchester City were by far the better team and given that Los Blancos came achingly close to crashing out at home to Chelsea in the quarterfinals, the 13-time winners cannot afford even the slightest of slip-ups if they are to make the UEFA Champions League final.

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