Benzema knock PSG out of Champions League
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On Wednesday a great comeback was made by Real Madrid at the Champions League as Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick to upstage Kylian Mbappe and dump Paris Saint-Germain out of the last 16.
Madrid were set to be the latest victims of another Mbappe masterclass at the Santiago Bernabeu after the 23-year-old ran them ragged for the best part of an hour and fired in to put PSG 1-0 up on the night, 2-0 ahead on aggregate.
Madrid stormed back as Benzema capitalised on a mistake by PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and scored an incredible double in two minutes, the third coming within 11 seconds after PSG had kicked off.
When the full-time whistle confirmed their 3-2 aggregate victory, many of Madrid’s players dropped to their knees and looked up to the sky, as much perhaps in disbelief as joy.
After the game Benzema said “Every game is a final now for us in the Champions League and La Liga but today we showed that Real Madrid is alive.”
It was another epic collapse to add to their growing list of Champions League disappointments, with immediately cast into doubt.
For PSG, even with Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar, the Qatari-owned club’s wait for a Champions League crown goes on, with Mauricio Pochettino’s future as coach was cast into doubt.
“We didn’t manage our emotions well. We left ourselves exposed,” Pochettino said. “We leave with great pain and disappointment because we didn’t score the goals to reflect our superiority over the two games.”