KARIM BENZEMA coolly executed a Panenka against Manchester City… despite having missed two penalties just last week.
The confident Frenchman has been on fire this season, netting 41 goals in 41 games in all competitions for Real Madrid.
He has missed four penalties, however, including a pair within seven minutes of each other during last week’s 3-1 win at Osasuna.
Benzema said: “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.”
On his striker’s penalty, boss Carlo Ancelotti said after the game: “I think he changed because the last two penalties were not good.
“He changed and tried in training. I did not know how he would shoot.
“He choose this and it goes really well. Strong personality and character.
“It is not easy in the semi-final of the Champions League to do a penalty like this.”
Legendary striker Alan Shearer said on BBC Radio 5 Live: “After missing three penalties this month…
“That’s all I can do is chuckle and think ‘I cannot believe Karim Benzema has just done that’.
“The sheer arrogance of it but also the belief and the ability to do that. He seems to be getting better and better.
“The sheer audacity! It was incredible.”
On his side’s prospects of going through, Ancelotti feels that his side have to defend better.
He added: “In the second game if we defend better we will win but if we defend like this we will be out the competition.”