Real star reaches two UCL milestones

UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid star Karim Benzema reached two UEFA Champions League scoring milestones on Tuesday night, despite his side's shock defeat to debutants Sheriff Tiraspol.  

The Spanish giants suffered a shock 2-1 loss to Moldovan minnows Sheriff courtesy of an 89th-minute winner by Luxembourg international Sebastien Thill at the Santiago Bernabeu. 

Scroll through the gallery above to see Real in action against Sheriff on Tuesday

However, France star Benzema did have something to smile about as his strike from the penalty spot ensured that he moved ahead of former Los Blancos attacker Raul Gonzalez in the Champions League's all-time top scorers chart after registering his 72nd goal in the competition. 

The ex-Olympique Lyon star is now the fourth-highest goalscorer in the tournament's history, three goals shy of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski's 75 strikes – only Lionel Messi and leader Cristiano Ronaldo are ahead of them.

With his strike against Sheriff, Benzema also became one of just two players who have scored in 17 successive Champions League seasons, with Messi having bagged his debut goal for his new side Paris Saint-Germain to help them to a 2-0 win over Premier League champions Manchester City on the same night.

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Benzema has been in blistering form so far in this campaign, having already netted eight goals and provided seven assists in just seven LaLiga matches. 

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