Result: Karim Benzema hits treble as Real Madrid beat PSG to reach last eight
Real Madrid reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League thanks to a 3-2 aggregate victory over Paris Saint-Germain.
real Madrid advanced to the quarter-finals of Champions League thanks to a 3-1 win over Paris Saint Germain in the second leg of their round of 16 at the Bernabeu.
Los Blancos have trailed 1-0 since the first leg of the contest last month, with Kylian Mbappelate goal meaning that Mauricio PochettinoThe team had a lead to protect in the Spanish capital.
Mbappe sent PSG two goals clear in the 39th-minute draw, but Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick in the second half to send Carlo Ancelottiin the last eight with a 3-2 aggregate success.
Mbappe thought he had scored the game’s first goal in the 34th minute when he found the back of the net with a brilliant finish, but the effort was called off, with Nuno Mendes offside in the preparation.
Benzema carried the biggest threat to Real Madrid in the first half, with the striker closing in on the 25th minute, but PSG continued to cause problems on the counterattack and managed to take a two lead goals in the draw in the 39th. minute of the contest.
NeymarMbappe’s wonderful pass freed Mbappe, who got into shooting position before returning his effort to the near post, leaving Real Madrid with plenty of work to do at the Bernabeu.
Mbappe could head to Los Blancos on a free transfer this summer but there were no muted celebrations from the Frenchman, who was at his best in a brilliant performance.
The striker had the ball in the back of the Real Madrid net for the third time in the 54th minute, but once again the offside flag was raised, denying him a magnificent goal, where he showed some play of shiny legs.
Real Madrid had one back in the 61st minute when Benzema forced Gianluigi Donnarumma in an error before firing a low Vinicius Junior cross at the back of the net.
Benzema then leveled the aggregate scores in the 76th minute when he collected a pass from Luka Modric before shooting the ball past Donnarumma at close range.
The Frenchman wasn’t finished, however, and skillfully slotted the ball into the bottom corner for his hat-trick after an error from Marquinhos had seen him snap for the striker in a dangerous position.
The hat-trick took Benzema to 309 goals for Real Madrid, leapfrogging Alfredo Di Stefano in the charts, with only Raúl (323) and Cristiano Ronaldo (450) yielding more to the capital giants.
Los Blancos could have scored more in the final stages, with PSG losing their way after placing themselves in such a commanding performance, and Ancelotti’s side will feature in the last eight, with the French giants wondering what could have been. to be.