Real Madrid 3-1 PSG (3-2 agg): Benzema hits hat-trick in thriller

For the first hour at the Bernabeu, Kylian Mbappe produced an imperious performance as he scored one and had another two disallowed, leaving PSG 2-0 up on aggregate and seemingly in control of the tie.

But Benzema pulled one back before netting twice in a matter of seconds as PSG fell apart and the Spanish giants ruthlessly punished their ragged opponents to book a place in the last-eight draw.

Mbappe was fit to start for PSG after his injury scare earlier in the week, as Mauricio Pochettino was able to name his star-studded trio in attack.

It was Real who flew out of the blocks though, offering more in the opening minutes than they did in the entirety of the first leg. Marco Asensio found himself free in the box inside 40 seconds, only for his touch to let him down.

The threat from PSG was an obvious one, though that didn’t make it any less devastating. Dani Carvajal was run ragged in Paris and it was a similar tale at the Bernabeu, with the right-back having no answer to Mbappe. The Frenchman was played in and had a left-footed strike well saved by Thibaut Courtois.

A superb move from the visitors involving Neymar and Lionel Messi led to the Argentine dinking a ball over Courtois and across the face of goal, though fortunately for the home side it was a Real shirt that met it at the far post.

PSG thought they had the lead on the night when Nuno Mendes cut it back to Mbappe in the box and he drilled it low into the back of the net, but the offside flag was swiftly up to deny him.

The linesman saved Real once but not twice. Five minutes before the break, Neymar swept the ball over the top and Mbappe was once again charging free on the left. He opened up his body to set up the curling effort into the far corner, only to then whip it past Courtois at the near post and double PSG’s aggregate advantage.

Benzema had two good chances before the break, the first sent straight at Gianluigi Donnarumma and he then headed a big opportunity wide.

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