Benzema thunderbolt vs Chelsea ‘shouldn’t have counted’, insists referee expert

Karim Benzema's equaliser for Real Madrid against Chelsea should not have stood.

That’s the view of a refereeing expert in Spain who analysed the goal for Radio MARCA.

Benzema cancelled out Christian Pulisic’s opener with an expertly taken volley in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Real Madrid and Chelsea.

The Frenchman brought down a cross on the edge of the six-yard box before firing beyond Edouard Mendy to draw the teams level at 1-1.

Several Chelsea players appealed for a foul in the build-up to the goal – and a refereeing expert in Spain believes they might have had a case.

"Casemiro commits a foul on [Cesar] Azpilicueta before [Eder] Militao heads to Benzema, who scores," Juan Andujar Oliver told Radio MARCA.

Casemiro did appear to climb over the top of Azpilicueta to gain an advantage in heading the ball across to Benzema, but neither the referee or VAR awarded a foul.

Thomas Tuchel will be the happier manager ahead of the next week’s second-leg at Stamford Bridge thanks to his side’s crucial away goal.

However, the German wasn’t pleased with Madrid’s equaliser and believes his team could have won the match with an extra day’s rest.

He told BT Sport: “I think we started the game very well and deserved to win the first half, had a lot of chances and half-chances.

“We should have scored a minimum one more (goal) in the first half. We had good control and good attacks. We were very confident and looked very strong.

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  • “Unfortunately they scored from a set-piece. There was nothing else to defend for us, we did not allow any chances, so it was a bit of a disappointment at half-time. It was important we stayed calm.

    “The second half was a very tactical game, the speed and intensity dropped and we are a little bit tired. We have had only two days in between two away games.

    “If we'd had one more day to recover it would've been a big chance to keep the intensity up and maybe hurt Madrid in the second half – but this was not possible and we have to live with the 1-1.”

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