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Real Madrid 3-1 PSG

Real Madrid advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals thanks to Karim Benzema’s hat-trick in the second half, as they came back from a 2-0 deficit on aggregate to win 3-2 and knock out Paris Saint-Germain. After getting on the end of Neymar’s first-time left-footed-through ball, Kylian Mbappe opened the scoring with a near-post finish (39) that Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois could only get a hand on to extend PSG’s lead from the first leg.

At the Bernabeu, PSG was on cruise control until Gianluigi Donnarumma gave Real a lifeline when Benzema forced him into a mistake in his own area before finishing off Vinicius Jr’s cut back. After an intricate Luka Modric pass split the PSG defense, Benzema’s deflected effort from close range leveled the tie, and just 10 seconds after the visitors kicked off, the Real captain completed his 17-minute hat-trick with a neat first-time finish following a poor clearance from Marquinhos as PSG crumbled once more in Europe.
PSG was crushed 6-1 at the Nou Camp five years ago on Tuesday, as Barcelona pulled off a record-breaking comeback from a four-goal deficit in the first leg. On Wednesday night, Benzema passed Alfredo Di Stefano as Real Madrid’s third-highest scorer with 309 goals, becoming the oldest player to score a Champions League hat-trick. “We were losing at the break after losing the first leg… It was difficult, but we are Real Madrid, and this is a Champions League encounter “After the game, Benzema, the captain of the 13-time Champions League winners, stated.
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