Vinícius, Benzema lead Real Madrid past Chelsea 2-0 in CL

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League quarter final first leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Chelsea at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, April 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Jose Breton)

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League quarter final first leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Chelsea at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, April 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Jose Breton)

MADRID — Karim Benzema struck yet again against Chelsea, and Real Madrid is a step closer to eliminating the English club for the second straight season in the Champions League.