Karim Benzema scored an outstanding three goals in the second half as Real Madrid made a thrilling beat off at Bernabeu Stadium. In order to land a spot in the Champion League quarter finals. This was at the expense of Paris St-Germain.
Kylian Mbappe’s goal in the first half served PSG a fair two-goal lead. It sought to have placed Mauricio Pochettino’s team well on course for the final eight.
But an error by PSG’s Gianluigi Donnarumma led to the striking recapture, with Benzema. Thus, turning home following the goalkeeper’s idle attempt at possession.
The catalyst for Karim Benzema’s second goal was Luka Modric’s driving run and elaborate pass. The French footballer evened out the tie against the obviously alarmed PSG. Then, as the visitors tried to reassemble, Benzema produced a low effort into the bottom right corner. This was mere seconds after the game resumed to set the tie.
PSG had been in the leading position until Donnarumma’s mistake.
In midfield, Marco Verratti was deft and domineering. Meanwhile, Neymar and Lionel Messi exerted themselves into a few menacing positions as the hosts spared no effort to curb their more eloquent opposition.
Mbappe, specifically, dashed on to a pass from Neymar to score the opening goal. It was against the side he has been to team up with in the summer. This is when his contract at PSG concludes.
One way or another, the 23-year-old harassing the Real defense, though twice having goals let go for offside.
A rapid gain in momentum saw him launch past Real’s Eder Militao and only an impressive covering challenge from David Alaba stopped him from attaining another score.
The crowd from the home support gave Mbappe warm cheers as he stood up following a moment that was showing him to be hurt in a tackle. However, the actual damage to his and PSG’s enduring ambition in the competition was yet to come.