Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema believes his goal in the Champions League final was ‘not a matter of luck’ despite Loris Karius’ major error
- Karim Benzema claims his goal against Liverpool was ‘not a matter of luck’
- The Frenchman intercepted a throw by Loris Karius to give Real Madrid the lead
- He insists fortune played no part though and believes he had to be there to score
- Los Blancos won a third straight European title in a row with a Gareth Bale brace
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema believes his opening goal in the Champions League final was ‘not a matter of luck’.
The Frenchman put Real Madrid in front in Kiev after he intercepted a throw by Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.
The German was looking to quickly release Liverpool onto the attack but instead launched the ball straight at Benzema’s outstretched a leg.
Karim Benzema opened the scoring after Loris Karius threw the ball directly onto his foot
However, speaking to Kuwaiti television, Benzema insists luck played no part.
‘My goal from Kiev, it was not a matter of luck,’ he said, via AS.
‘I do not believe in luck, it’s a matter of work.
‘It’s an easy goal but you have to be there, in the right place and at the right time, to put it in.’
The Frenchman read the Liverpool goalkeeper’s throw and got a vital touch on the ball
Benzema wheels off to celebrate the opening goal as his Madrid team-mates run after him
A sensational over-head kick from Gareth Bale and another Karius howler ensured Real won a third consecutive European crown.
Benzema has once again been left out of Didier Deschamps’ France squad for this summer’s World Cup as his international exile continues.
He hasn’t represented his country since 2015 against Armenia following controversial blackmail claims involving compatriot Mathieu Valbuena.