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Real Madrid knocks PSG out of the Champions League with a Benzema hat-trick

Champions League Real Madrid Vs PSG – At the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid looked poised to be the next victims of another Mbappe masterclass as the 23-year-old ran them ragged for the better part of an hour before firing in to put PSG 1-0 up on the night and 2-0 up on aggregate.

Benzema took advantage of a mistake by PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to score an astonishing double in under two minutes, the third coming just eight seconds after PSG had set off.

After achieving one of the most remarkable turnarounds in the club’s recent history, several of Madrid’s players sank to their knees and stared up to the sky, maybe as much in astonishment as ecstasy, when the full-time whistle announced their 3-2 aggregate triumph.

All eyes were on Mbappe, who was the only player to get a standing ovation from Madrid supporters before to the game, as they were given an up-close look at the man they want to sign this summer.

Mbappe came through with a fantastic goal, as well as a captivating second goal that was disallowed for offside when he bamboozled Thibaut Courtois with a stunning dummy-finish.

It’s possible he wasn’t even 100 percent here after a knock in training on Monday put his participation in jeopardy.

What seemed to be a demonstration of the world’s deadliest player, however, turned into yet another incredible European night for Real Madrid, who once again shown why they regard this as their tournament.

Madrid made it apparent from the outset that they planned to attack PSG hard, with Dani Carvajal jumping and flailing his fists at the fans in an effort to create a ruckus.

It worked for a moment, with Vinicius Junior racing down the left flank and Fede Valverde bulldozing past Mbappe, but it was just a temporary boost. Madrid’s momentum was snuffed out by PSG, who pushed them back and gained total control.

In the eighth minute, Mbappe sprinted free for the first time as Neymar curled a ball into the gap on the left. The crowd gasped, Mbappe created space, but this time he collided with Courtois.

Madrid slowed down but did not relinquish control. Mbappe snuck by Eder Militao, and Courtois came to the rescue. Neymar had a chance after a great interplay between Lionel Messi and Marco Verratti, but Courtois was there to save him.

PSG were at ease now, controlling play and feeling the nervousness. Madrid had chances, with Benzema curling narrowly wide, but they were slower, heavier, and more ponderous all over the field.

Modric is a star.
Messi sped through and scooped wide before Mbappe’s first of two goals was called out when he drove into the corner and saw the flag raised.

The goal, on the other hand, seemed inescapable, and it arrived in the 39th minute. With Madrid committed, Carvajal fumbled the ball upfield, and Neymar arced another wonderful pass over the top.

Mbappe only had David Alaba in front of him by the time he got there, and instead of bending towards the far corner, he struck early, sending a devastating shot past Courtois and inside the near post.

At halftime, Madrid attempted to regroup, but Mbappe continued where he left off with a stunning, but disallowed, goal.

With a fantastic fake shot, he tricked Courtois, defeating him without even touching the ball and slamming it in. The flag was raised, but the stadium was taken aback.

The game was turning into more of a Mbappe show, but suddenly Benzema sprang out of nowhere and hauled Madrid back into the tie.

Nuno Mendes’ backpass to Donnarumma was followed down by him, who skewed under pressure. Vinicius was able to gather the ball and cut back to Benzema, who tucked the ball home.

With the fans on their feet, cheering Madrid on, there was hope once again. When the ball cannoned sweetly to Vinicius in the box, he fired over. Messi was chased down by Luka Modric, who slipped him into touch.

Modric was also the driving force behind Madrid’s second goal, a dazzling move through midfield enabling Vinicius to gallop free down the left flank. He scooped back inside to Modric, who found Benzema with a superb reverse pass.

Madrid was level on aggregate after a VAR review validated the goal. Then, miraculously, they were ahead after just eight seconds. From the kick-off, PSG mismanaged control; Rodrygo released Vinicius, and Marquinhos’ attempted clearing found Benzema, who drove into the corner.

The crowd started to chant, “This is how Madrid wins.” When Messi stood over a free-kick in injury time, the crowd went silent, but when the ball curled over, the applause resumed.

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