No one believed Carlo Ancelotti before he claimed there was no reason to go insane, and why will they now? Suddenly, dozens of individuals were rushing down the touchline towards Karim Benzema, the Frenchman falling under a crush of people in the corner while 60,000 fans lost their senses all around them. The roar was so loud that it made people’s ears bleed, and a chant erupted. “As Gana el Madrid!” it screamed, “that is how Madrid wins!”
The manner they won was amazing, perhaps even the most astounding in an entire library of extraordinary stories at a team that specializes in unbelievable comebacks, another fantastic European story penned.
Following yellow-card sanctions, Madrid was missing Ferland Mendy and Casemiro, however, Toni Kroos began after being questionable due to a muscle injury. Casemiro was replaced by Federico Valverde, and Nacho Fernández played in place of Marcelo at left-back.
Real Madrid had a rough first half, and they seemed hopelessly out of it as they fell behind 1-0 to a Kylian Mbappe goal, throwing them 2-0 down on aggregate. This team, nonetheless, is well for the Champions League performances and Remontadas. Carlo Ancelotti’s folly of not playing Eduardo Camavinga and Rodrygo Goes culminated in the two young players managing to change the game.
Karim Benzema, who struck a hat trick to cement his name as 1 of the best footballers in Champions League history, was the true star. Real now wins the competition 3-2 on aggregate owing to those goals, and therefore are through to the quarterfinals. PSG piled late pressure on Los Blancos, but the Parisians had obviously lost their cool morally. On another terrific European game for Real Madrid, Benzema has once again displayed his brilliance to the world.
For the fifth time in seven years, the Blancos have moved to the Champions League quarter-finals thanks to his heroics by Karim Benzema.