Karim Benzema Scores Hat Trick As Real Madrid Eliminates Messi’s PSG.
Real Madrid overcame a 1-0 first leg deficit at “Parc De France” by beating Paris. St Germain by 3-1. The match which was played at the Santiago Bernabeau mirrored P.S.G coach, Pochettino’s inability to handle a deep-talented squad at his disposable.
When Mbappe opened the scoring, it seems as if P.S.G were on cruise but a 17-minutes Hat trick in the second half by veteran French striker Karim Benzema proofed to be the tie decider.
Reacting to the win, Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema said:
“In the first leg, we have to say we were lucky to leave there only losing 1-0. But we knew it would be different in Madrid.
“We pushed, we conceded a goal, but we were confident that we would have chances. It’s a big Champions League evening and we showed we’re a big club.
“We knew they’re a team that if you put them under pressure, they don’t panic, but it’s more difficult for them.
“When you take the ball off them, when you put them under pressure, they can’t connect with the three up front.
“It’s the problem of all the teams that want to play the ball out from the back. When they’re pressed, it causes them problems.”
“We needed the fans and this is for them. It was a very difficult game but we pushed until the end and we deserve the win.
“We lost the first leg, they went 1-0 up, but our fans pushed us to give everything right to the final whistle.”
On his first goal: “It’s not a mistake [by Donnarumma]. It’s pressure from the whole team. The goalkeeper waited and waited, he lost the ball and it was a goal. He should have cleared it, simple as that.”
Paris St-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino also rue the costly mistakes that cost his side and still believed that his team where the better one.
“The first goal completely changed the game. For an hour, we were better than Real Madrid. The atmosphere changed in the stadium.
“We made some mistakes after that, we can’t say we didn’t. The worst feeling is that we were the better side, but we lost the tie in 10 minutes.
“Paris St-Germain have been chasing the Champions League for a number of years now. I’m really disappointed, upset – but these things can happen. The next few weeks are not going to be easy.”