- Striker’s hat-trick outshines Mbappé and launches Madrid into the quarter-finals
- The Frenchman surpasses Di Stéfano as the third top scorer in the history of the white club
A dream Champions night at the Santiago Bernabéu crowned by King Karim Benzema, the architect of an unmitigated comeback against a PSG led by Mbappé until the Madrid ‘9’ smelled blood. Benzema outshone with a thunderous end to which he was destined to be the star of the tie. Two goals from the Parisian crack, the great desired, left Madrid on the canvas. First in a clash and then at the Bernabéu, which he received with a timid applause.
But the night belonged to Benzema, who added another performance to remember, perhaps the best of his career at the Santiago Bernabéu. He could not have chosen a better day for his deed on the 9th white. At his house and in the Champions League, he surpassed Alfredo Di Stéfano (309) as the third highest scorer in the history of Real Madrid. Big words.
Once again it was shown that the white team, no matter how adverse the circumstances, can never be left for dead and less so in the Champions League, their fetish competition. He was reborn again from its ashes at the mercy of Donnarumma’s failure, who emulated Karius and Ulreich with his error to give wings to Madrid.
But until then they were painting rough for Carlo Ancelotti’s team after a first half in which he was shaken by a better planted PSG, aware of the advantage in the first leg that gave a lot of power to his counterattack. And so Mbappé’s 0-1 was born, a rocket into space well assisted by a Neymar who went from more to less until he was buried, like the rest of his team, by a Real Madrid and a Bernabéu in a boiling state. There was hardly any news of Messi, who has eight games in a row without scoring against Madrid.
PSG, powerful for an hour of play, collapsed like a house of cards in a defeat that will leave many sequels. It is not the 6-1 conceded in Barcelona five years ago, but the debacle at the Bernabéu could have unpredictable consequences in the Parc des Princes because many responsible parties are pointed out. Nasser Al-Khelaïfi fails again in his assault on Orejona, now also with the trident, who tiptoed as soon as Madrid plunged into an open grave for the comeback.
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The mystique of the Bernabéu could this time with the glitter of PSG thanks to the exhibition of a Benzema who today has been crowned as the King of Madrid. To remember, again, another epic performance by Luka Modric. The legends of Madrid have not said the last word about him.