Karim Benzema scored a second-half hattrick as Real Madrid defeated PSG 3-1.© AFP
Karim Benzema mentioned Real Madrid confirmed they’re nonetheless “alive” by finishing an exciting comeback to defeat Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday and attain the Champions League quarter-finals. Madrid trailed 2-0 on mixture when Kylian Mbappe put PSG in entrance on the Santiago Bernabeu however Benzema scored a surprising second-half hat-trick, together with two objectives in two minutes, to ship his group by way of. “Every game is a final now for us in the Champions League and La Liga but today we showed that Real Madrid is alive,” Benzema mentioned afterwards.
“We know PSG like to have the ball. We started well, we tried to score and in the second half we won the match with our mental strength,” Benzema added.
At 34 years outdated, Benzema is the oldest participant to attain a hat-trick in Champions League historical past.
“We won a very difficult game, which got a lot more complicated after Mbappe’s goal,” mentioned Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti.
“We suffered a lot. Then we pushed higher which was what we wanted to do.
“We scored the primary aim and from there every little thing modified. The followers pushed us and we believed extra, increasingly more. It was a spectacular evening.”
He added: “We suffered, however we held on. In the primary half it was tough to get the ball again. The first aim got here and from there the magic of this stadium got here.
“In the last 30 minutes there was only one team on the field.”
Ancelotti additionally hailed his bench and the affect of Rodrygo and Eduardo Camavinga.
“They were important, they changed the dynamic of the game. The freshness of Rodrygo and Camavinga changed the game. Camavinga gave us more energy in midfield. It was a magical night.”
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