Barcelona were stunned as Karim Benzema scored a stunning hat-trick to propel Real Madrid into the Copa del Rey final with an astounding 4-0 win at Camp Nou. Securing their victory with a penalty and two goals in the second half, Carlo Ancelotti's side advanced to face Osasuna next Wednesday (Kickoff 7pm).
Barcelona were stunned when Eder Militao's own goal gave Barcelona a 1-0 lead in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final against Real Madrid. Xavi Hernandez's side came into this match off two defeats and without talismanic striker Robert Lewandowski, wonderkid Pedri and Ousmane Dembele.
In the 27th minute, a Brazilian defender's error gave Barcelona a narrow first-leg lead heading into their second leg at the Nou Camp next month.
Real Madrid were level on the night when Vinicius Junior played a one-two with Karim Benzema and fired a low shot past Marc-Andre Ter Stegen from close range. Eight minutes later, Benzema hit his second of the game from the spot to give Los Blancos 3-1 advantage on aggregate.
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Barcelona were stunned when Karim Benzema scored three goals in 30 minutes to send Real into the Copa del Rey final. The defending Balon d'Or winner led his team to an incredible 4-0 victory at Camp Nou, overturning a 1-0 first-leg deficit.
At the end of first half stoppage time, Madrid made a stunning counterattack which put them ahead with Vinicius Junior's opener. It provided convincing proof that their rivals can be defeated in big matches.
Rodrygo made a breakaway, beat one man and gave Vinicius space to play an elegant one-two with Benzema. He then drilled a low shot past Barca goalkeeper Marc Andre-ter Stegen to restore parity on the aggregate.
Karim Benzema scored an iconic hat-trick to propel Real Madrid into the Copa del Rey final after they stunned Barcelona. The 2022 Ballon d'Or winner became the first Real player to score three goals in El Clasico at Camp Nou since Ferenc Puskas did so in 1963.
Finally, Franck Kessie's foul on Vinicius Jr allowed Benzema to secure his hat-trick from the penalty spot. He then hammered it into the back of the net for Real Madrid a two-goal aggregate lead with Barcelona unable to score past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Real will now face Osasuna in the final on May 1. Despite their 19 wins, Los Rojillos are sure to come under scrutiny after their extra-time defeat against Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday.
Karim Benzema's stunning hat-trick sends Real into the Copa del Rey final and puts an end to Barcelona's unbeaten streak against Los Blancos. The French striker scored twice in the second half to completely change the game at Spotify Camp Nou on Wednesday night.
In the 58th minute, Benzema scored to give Madrid a two-goal aggregate lead and completed his hat-trick with an aggressive counterattack volley ten minutes from time. This was his second consecutive hat-trick and means Real will now face Osasuna in next month's final.
At the Camp Nou, Madrid made an incredible comeback and secured their place in a Copa del Rey final for the first time since 2014. That is an incredibly remarkable feat.
Real Madrid sent Barcelona into the Copa del Rey final with a commanding 4-0 win at Camp Nou, giving Benzema his second hat-trick in four days. The French striker had already scored three goals in their 6-0 demolition of Real Valladolid in La Liga and added to that impressive record with an unstoppable performance against his former club.
Real Madrid made an amazing comeback from their disappointing first leg at Camp Nou, where Xavi's side lost 1-0. Vinicius Jr's opener just before half time set the scene for a dominant second-half performance by Real and Benzema completed his treble nine minutes after the break.
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