Karim Benzema rose to the big occasion

When Karim Benzema has one of his inspired nights it is a real treat to watch him play. From the very first whistle we could already see the French star with a desire to be a protagonist in the match.

Gamechanging ability 

With great mobility throughout the attack, Benzema played and made others play, an element for which he is a master. Offloads, tackles, passes between the lines, shots and attitude, his influence in the match was absolute and when his headlamp is lit, there is no striker in the world with such ability to become a game changer.

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates scoring

Champions League a big motivation 

The Champions League always acts as an extra motivation for footballers and with Karim it seems that that is very much the case. The great talents must be asked to rise to the big occasion and on Wednesday night Benzema gave us a great performance when the team needed him the most. It takes a lot of credit to recover after conceding an early goal and take a good result into the return leg.