Real Madrid: Benzema slaps Messi and Keylor

Real Madrid : Karim Benzema

 Real Madrid qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals by beating Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the last 16 of the maximum continental club tournament. French starlet Kylian Mbappé opened the scoring (39), but Karim Benzema turned the score around (62, 76, 78), making it 3-2 on aggregate which saw the Whites qualify for the next round. Benzema needed just 20 minutes to win the game at the Santiago Bernabéu against Mbappé and the Parisian trident of Neymar and Leo Messi. Nonetheless, the young French winger has once again become a nightmare for the white team, whose fans cheered his name when the line-up was announced, with the hope he can wear the white shirt next season. 

Real Madrid came on to the pitch ready to turn things around, pressing hard up front and pushing PSG towards their pitch, but they would have to wait until the final quarter of an hour to win. "In the last 30 minutes there was only one team on the pitch," Merengue coach Carlo Ancelotti said after the game. PSG suffered in the first quarter of an hour, but little by little they had the ball, won the battle in midfield and started to reach more white areas.
But the real impetus came when Benzema pressed Donnarumma for the ball, handing it to Vinicius, who returned it to score from close range (61). "It is clear that it is a feeling of great injustice due to a clear violation of Donnarumma by Benzema," PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino complained after the match. "Emotional conditions have changed (after the goal), we haven't managed our emotions well and we are too open," he added. The goal marked the start of Real Madrid's finest minute of the second half, snubbing and locking PSG in their area.

 PSG, who had taken the lead in the first half, began to suffer before the Whites' pressure was met when Benzema tapped Modric's pass to make it 2-1 (76). Benzema sent the game into extra time but just two minutes later, with PSG stripped, the Frenchman tapped a set piece to fire the shot that made it 3-1 (78) and through to the quarter-finals. The Frenchman, incidentally, rose to the podium in the history of Real Madrid's best goalscorer with 309 goals, surpassing the legend Alfredo Di Stéfano. Benzema now only has Raúl González (323 goals) and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo (451) in front of him, now Manchester United. The third goal was the finishing touch for a completely chaotic PSG, who were only dedicated to surviving the onslaught of mengues without being able to change the score. 

Costa Rica's Keylor Navas endured all the drama off the bench, while Gianluigi Donnarumma and Thibaut Courtois, two of his big rivals, were in the frame.
Mbappé warned with a cross saved by Thibaut Courtois (8), he repeated with another identical shot, again stopped by Courtois (13) and after seeing how Nuno Mendes' (34) goal was ruled out for offside, he didn't. forgive Team-mate Neymar, a starter to form the dreaded trident alongside Mbappé and Messi, put the ball into space for the Frenchman, who after a solo trip stood up to Courtois to make it 1-0 (39). The goal, which made Mbappé the second best goalscorer in PSG history with 157 goals, surpassed only by Edinson Cavani (200 goals), gave France peace of mind and unleashed a state of emergency in the meringue. 

The Whites barely had two chances with two headers from Karim Benzema (35, 37), one saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma and the other deflected. Real Madrid held out until the break to completely change their image after the break. Ancelotti revitalized the team with the introduction of Eduardo Camavinga and Rodrygo for Toni Kroos and the imprudent Marco Asensio, who was very inaccurate with possession in the penalty area (57).


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