Karim Benzema’s hat-trick silences Camp Nou.
Karim Benzema (pictured) scored a second half hat-trick against Barcelona
Real Madrid secured their place in the Copa Del Rey final for the first time since 2014 after a 4-0 victory over Barcelona at Camp Nou, resulting in a 4-1 win on aggregate.
Vinicius Junior’s goal in first-half added time equalized the tie after Barca had taken the lead with an Eder Militao own goal in the first leg.
Real Madrid took over the proceedings immediately after the break with a hat-trick from Karim Benzema, who scored a sublime finish to put them ahead and then converted from the spot after Vinicius was fouled.
The Frenchman completed his hat-trick late on, eliminating the 31-time winners and securing Madrid’s spot in the final against Osasuna on May 6.
Barca began the match in an energetic fashion, creating early chances through Sergi Roberto and Raphina. Ronald Araujo, however, showed his defensive prowess to thwart Vinicius’ attempt at the other end.
Tempers began to flare as Xavi was booked for dissent, and Gavi and Vinicius were caution for a scuffle in midfield.
Despite the tensions, Madrid managed to level the tie just before half-time with Vinicius’ shot creeping over the line after Jules Kounde initially blocked it.
Luka Modrid set up Benzema after the break, and the Frenchman stroked the ball into the bottom-left corner, putting Madrid ahead.
Franck Kessie brought Vinicius down in the box for a penalty, which Benzema converted, extending Madrid’s lead.
The Balon D’or winner completed his hat-trick dinking the ball delicately over Marc-Andre ter Stegen with 10 minutes to play, sealing Los Blancos’ place in the final.
Second leg heroics send Madrid through
Despite their 12-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga, Barca’s disappointing performance in the second leg against Madrid let their lead slip away.
Although Xavi’s men started well, Ancelloti’s side deservedly sealed their progression with an impressive performance.
Los Blancos accumulated 2.75 xG to Barca’s 0.88 and restricted the hosts to just three second-half shots on target.
Big Benz proves his worth for Madrid
Benzema once again proved his worth to Real Madrid with a stellar performance, contributing significantly to his team’s victory.
He played a crucial role in Vinicius’ goal that equalized the aggregate score and then scored a magnificient hat-trick in the second half, putting Barca to the sword with three goals from 1.88 xG.
In contrast, Barca’s Robert Lewandoski failed to match Benzema’s brilliance, managing only one shot on target out of his two attempts and willing just two of his 13 duels.