REAL MADRID PSG. Thanks to a hat-trick by French striker Karim Benzema, Real Madrid knocked out PSG and reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
3:1 Mbappe, Kylian 39′ – Paris Saint-GermainBenzema, Karim 61′ – Real MadridBenzema, Karim 76′ – Real MadridBenzema, Karim 78′ – Real Madrid
Paris had to confirm. After a great first leg that was completely dominated, Mauricio Pochettino’s men had an appointment on the Santiago Bernabéu lawn to try and validate their ticket to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. On the other side, the Merengue, which did not exist in the Parc de Princes, had the ambition to reverse the short lead that the Parisians had gained in the first leg. From the start of the match, Madrid’s ambitions were clear: to put pressure on the opponent to quickly find the net. Paris is grabbed by the throat in the first fifteen minutes and ends up on the ball and dominates the match as in the first leg. Before halftime, Mbappé offers himself another high-level individual action and opens the score for PSG (39th). Paris leads after 45 minutes of play (1-0) and already has one foot in the quarter. Returning from the dressing room, Real is still struggling and Carlo Ancelotti decides to bring in Camavinga and Rodrygo instead of Kroos and Asensio. The newcomers change the dynamics and push the citizens of Madrid higher and equalize. Under pressure, Donnarumma makes a blunder that puts Benzema in a tie (61st). Confident and galvanized by the crowd, the Merengue will then manage to turn the score around. In quick succession, Benzema scored two goals (76th, 78th) and eventually Real Madrid qualified with a hat-trick and a stratospheric performance. Another bitter defeat by PSG in C1 that opens the door to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
12:00 – Sad record for Paris Saint-Germain
Since the start of the QSI era at Paris Saint-Germain in 2011, the capital club has been eliminated 4 times (Chelsea in 2014, FC Barcelona in 2017, Manchester United in 2019 and Real Madrid in 2022) after a knockout first leg win out of the Champions League, more than any other team in the period.
11:30 – Benzema oldest player to score a hat-trick
After his hat-trick last night in the knockout stage of the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain, Karim Benzema at 24 years and 80 days became the oldest player to score three goals in a Champions League game ahead of his compatriot Olivier Giroud.
11:10 – The strange celebration of David Alaba
After Karim Benzema’s third goal in the 78th minute, the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium felt unreal and so did the players, such as David Alaba. The Austrian celebrated the French striker’s hat-trick by lifting a guard’s plastic chair.
10:55 – Eduardo Camavinga: “We scored a big hit”
Arriving from Stade Rennais last summer, Eduardo Camavinga took part in Real Madrid’s qualifier against Paris Saint-Germain last night. For the France international, who came into play in the 57th minute, his team put in an outstanding performance: “I’m giving the best of myself to restore the coach’s confidence. I’m happy that thanks to Karim we scored three times as soon as I joined the club. We are happy with today’s win. (At Benzema) is a leader , he’s the captain, he’s the one who shows us the way, like he did today, he scored three goals for us, he saved us, it’s karim. still scored a big hit today, we conceded a goal, we did’ We managed to score three goals, even though there are people who thought we were dead, but we always have to believe in it and we are very happy today.”
10:40 – Yannick Noah’s Fury
Unconditional supporter of Paris Saint-Germain, Yannick Noah made no secret of his disappointment last night after the Parisians’ elimination in the Champions League against Real Madrid. The 1983 Roland-Garros winner shared his anger on his Instagram account.
10:25 AM – Great crowd for Canal+
On Wednesday 9 March, Canal+ reached the second best audience of the season with the Champions League round of 16th leg between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. The encrypted channel brought together an average of 2.39 million viewers (11.2% viewership share) during the meeting.
10:10 – A decisive Neymar-Mbappé duo
Last night Neymar gave another decisive pass to Kylian Mbappe, just like in the first leg. Since playing together (2017/18), the Frenchman and Brazilian have exchanged 12 assists in the Champions League, which is at least 5 more than any other duo in the period.
09:55 – New record for Mbappé
39th-minute goalscorer Kylian Mbappe has scored 8 goals in the knockout stages of the Champions League since the start of last season, at least 3 more than any other player.
09:40 – Benzema overtakes Di Stefano
By scoring a hat-trick against PSG on Wednesday night, Karim Benzema became the third top goalscorer in Real Madrid history with 309 goals behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Raul. The Frenchman has caught up with the old glory of the Merengues, Alfredo Di Stefano.
09:30 – Courtois’ tribute
“I believe that Karim Benzema is one of the greatest players in the world, and arguably the best 9 with Lewandowski at the moment, lit Real’s Belgian goalkeeper. He may have shown why he had to win the Golden Ball this year. He is a great player. He is a real captain. He led the team to victory with his goals and his class,” the Belgian goalkeeper analyzed after this Real – PSG.
09:25 – Nasser Al-Khelaïfi accused of “violence”?
At the end of this Real – PSG, the president of Paris received a damning report from the arbitration clan. “After the game, the PSG chairman and sporting director, Leonardo, showed aggressive behavior and tried to enter the referees’ changing rooms, the text says. They blocked the door and the chairman deliberately knocked on the flag of one of the referees. , by breaking.”
09:10 – Le Real room in Paris on “RE MON TA DA”
On his Instagram account and featuring a photo of Karim Benzema, Real Madrid serves PSG with a simple and meaningful caption… “RE MON TA DA”.
09:00 – Donnarumma scores a 2
Ultra heavy comment from L’Equipe for the Italian goalkeeper who saved Paris at the start of the match after a masterful attack by Karim Benzema. But in case of a mistake on the equalizer, the Italian is guilty of the “remontada” Madrid.
08:46 – Leonardo: “We have to change things”
“It is a blow. We cannot bury everything that has been done. It is difficult to analyze. The episode of the offense on Donnarumma was decisive, but we struggled to control this moment.” We lost control. We have to look for solutions. In retrospect, it is a pity that an arbitration decision is decisive at such moments. But we must remain calm. We’ve made mistakes, we need to change things, but we don’t have to rethink everything. It’s hard, but until half-time, we had an organized team,” Leonardo analyzed after this Real – PSG.
08:33 – Not a 10, but a 9 for Benzema
He would have deserved a 10/10 from L’Equipe, but Karim Benzema only got a 9/10 after his stratospheric performance and his hat-trick against PSG in the knockout stage of the Champions League.
08:21 – The first goal changed everything for Ancelotti
“Benzema made all of Madrid happy. It was a difficult game, especially the first half, where we were in trouble. The first goal changed the dynamics, in the stands but also on the pitch. Paris played well for an hour,” with a lot of quality. But after the first goal, the dynamics changed. We had a lot of energy.” About the action between Donnarumma and Benzema: “A mistake? I don’t think so,” the Italian coach launched after this Real – PSG match.
08:10 – Benzema: “There is no error”
“Accused” of committing a foul on the Italian goalkeeper, Karim Benzema justifies his action and believes there was no foul. “No, not at all. He waits, I press him and he just loses the ball.”
08:00 – Pochettino angry after foul on Donnarumma
“If you concede a goal like we did, the game changes, also the mood in the stadium. The fans carried their team, everything changed. It’s unbelievable that the mistake on Donnarumma n was not seen on video. It is a very clear violation by Benzema in my opinion. All angles show that there is a violation. I don’t understand why there was no VAR at the time,” the Argentinian explained after this Real PSG.
07:52 – Malpractice for Petit
Beaten 3-1 after leading 1-0 on the Madrid grass pitch, PSG were knocked out of the Champions League after making a professional mistake for Emmanuel Petit. “We saw it after Real Madrid equalized, things fell apart very quickly. There were no longer the same benchmarks, the same calm on the pitch. The players were almost at a distance in a few minutes, when we talk about players who having a track record, having a personality… I’m extremely angry tonight because for me it’s professional misconduct what just happened. It’s even more serious than what happened to Barca.”