Benzema scores three goals in 17 minutes as Real knocks PSG out of the Champions League

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Benzema scores three goals in 17 minutes as Real knocks PSG out of the Champions League

​Paris Saint-Germain, led by Messi, Mbappé and Neymar, seemed to have their qualification for the quarter-finals of the Champions League on their way. There, Benzema scored three goals, defining the 3-1 victory for Real Madrid, who survived the high-profile duel in the main European tournament.

PSG had won the first leg 1-0 in Paris and took the lead in Madrid with Mbappé. But it was another French striker who decided the confrontation, putting three balls in the net in a row, in 17 minutes, in the second half.

It was a game of opportunities for both sides. Needing to go forward, Real offered the visitors a counterattack, who used Mbappé’s speed to open the scoring. In the 39th minute, he received a good throw from Neymar, invaded the area and scored.

Shirt 7, on a good journey, had already gone to the net once, in a bid annulled for offside. In the final stage, he had another goal disallowed for the same reason. Unfortunately for PSG, Benzema’s three goals paid off.

At 16, the centre-forward squeezed the goalkeeper Donnarumma, who got in the way in the exit of the ball. She stayed with Brazilian Vinicius Junior, who played for Benzema himself to tie, using his right foot.

He used the same foot at 31, in Real’s attack initiated by Neymar’s pass error. Vinicius Junior invaded the area at speed and had to retreat. It was up to Modric to find Benzema in front of the goal for the turn.

At that moment, as there is no longer the criterion of goals scored away from home as a tiebreaker, the scoreboard indicated the need for extra time. But the owners of the house pressed on. Marquinhos tried to disarm Vinicius Junior and ended up offering another goal to Benzema, at 33.

In better physical condition, Real Madrid remained in the attacking field and almost established a rout. Messi and Mbappé even tried to score in the final moments, but they didn’t avoid elimination.

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