Benzema Bags Man Of The Match

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Karim Benzema’s second-half hat-trick secured Real Madrid a place in the Champions League 

Kylian Mbappe opened the scoring – after getting on the end of Neymar’s first-time left-footed through ball – with a near-post finish (39) that Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois could only get a touch on.

PSG was in cruise control until Real was offered a lifeline by Gianluigi Donnarumma, as Benzema forced him into a mistake in his own area before finishing off Vinicius Jr’s cut back.

Benzema’s deflected effort from close range leveled the tie, and just two minutes later, the Real captain completed his 17-minute hat-trick with a neat first-time finish following a poor clearance from Marquinhos as PSG crumbled again in Europe.

It was five years ago on Tuesday that PSG was beaten 6-1 at the Nou Camp as Barcelona pulled off a record-breaking comeback from four goals down in the first leg.

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