Real Madrid staged an incredible second-half comeback against PSG to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals. Three key points from their 3-1 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Mbappe is overshadowed by Karim Benzema’s continued brilliance.
Kylian Mbappe was the most threatening player on the pitch in the first half. He increased his team’s lead on aggregate with a spectacular counter attack goal. PSG could have scored more, but two of Mbappes’ goals were disallowed for offside.
Karim Benzema’s hat-trick in the second half stole the limelight away from the brilliant youngster. Real Madrid’s number nine has been their greatest player for several years and was instrumental in their comeback. He was incredibly clinical and capitalized on the errors that occurred during the game, scoring three goals to erase the deficit. With his hat-trick, Benzema has surpassed the legendary Alfredo di Stefano as Real Madrid’s third-highest all-time goalscorer.
Was that a misdemeanor?
Karim Benzema capitalized on a Gianluigi Donnarumma blunder to score Madrid’s first goal. Additionally, his attempt to jump on the Italian should have been counted as a foul.
However, the goal remained, and both Mauricio Pochettino and PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi expressed plainly their disappointment. The goal proved to be the game-changer, giving Real Madrid the hope they required to complete their comeback.
Real Madrid’s elite mentality is on display.
PSG dominated the first half, and Real Madrid looked out of sorts early on. However, their winning mentality was evident in the second half. Los Blancos refused to accept defeat and capitalized on their opponents’ errors.
PSG, on the other hand, buckled under the weight of the 13-time champions. This ultimately proved to be the deciding factor in the tense clash between the two leading sides.