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Twitter explodes as Karim Benzema’s hattrick inspires historic Real Madrid comeback against PSG

Real Madrid staged one of the most memorable comebacks in UEFA Champions League history as they came from a goal down against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) to win 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu thanks to a Karim Benzema hat-trick. In doing so, Los Blancos won the tie 3-2 on aggregate and secured a place in the quarterfinals of the competition as they look to be crowned kings of the continent for the 14th time in their history.

Kylian Mbappe broke the deadlock on the night with a well-taken goal early in the first half, as he put his side two goals up on aggregate. Having also scored in the first leg, Mbappe once again stood up and made the world take notice of his outrageous quality, as he slotted past Thibaut Courtois after racing clear of the Real Madrid backline.

Real Madrid prove European pedigree with historic second-half comeback against PSG

Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain: Round Of Sixteen Leg Two - UEFA Champions League
Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain: Round Of Sixteen Leg Two – UEFA Champions League

PSG went into the interval with what looked like an unassailable lead, but Real Madrid struck back in sensational style in the second half. Gianluigi Donnarumma’s horror moment inside his own box opened up an opportunity for Vinicius Jr, whose pass was finished off by Benzema from close range.

After restoring parity on the night, Benzema went on to turn the tie around in two minutes, as he capped off one of the most iconic performances in UEFA Champions League history. The Real Madrid captain leveled the tie with a deflected effort and scored one of the cheekiest goals of his career to complete his hat-trick, as PSG looked shellshocked and desperately devoid of confidence.

Luka Modric’s second-half performance was also a sight to behold, as the Croatian maestro rolled back the years with a magestic display at the center of the park.

As PSG capitulated once again in Europe’s premier club competition, here are some of the best tweets from the game.

Real Madrid are European royalty, period.

Karim Benzema. No words. Simply the best.

KARIM BENZEMA YOU BEAUTYYY

Prime Xavi or Iniesta could NEVER have produced what Modric did in the second half today. Modric is 36.

Camavinga is gonna be some player

You have to admire PSG’s consistency really. Constantly self destruct in the Champions League year after year.

I AM SCREAMING I LOVE THIS FOOTBALL CLUB WITH ALL MY HEART

If PSG wanted to win the Champions League they should’ve signed Ronaldo not Messi.

you’re the worst club in the world i hope you know that @psg_inside

Messi literally went from bottling Champions League leads with Barca to bottling them with PSG 😭😭

Why do Madrid even want Mbappe? Where would he even fit in? 🤔

😭😭😭😭😭😭 PSG meltdown. IT’S THE HISTORY OF THE PSG

THE MOST UNDERRATED STRIKER OF THIS GENERATION KARIM THE DREAM BENZEMAAAAAAA

LEYENDA. Performance for the history books…. https://t.co/rRXnIJuvXc

“Kylian? Hold my beer, young buck…. your time will come… but not just yet… and not in MY house….”

⚪️ July 2009, Karim Benzema joins Real Madrid from OL for €35m.⭐️ March 2022, Karim Benzema scores an hattrick in UCL and he’s the third best goalscorer in Real Madrid history.Never ending story. ♾#Benzema #UCL https://t.co/N5eYpHiJue

Benzema adding that hand bandage was the final piece to the puzzle

What a game … my boy Benziii still the best No9 @Benzema 🔥🔥🔥 #UCL

Put Karim Benzema into the all-time great striker conversations right now. Facilitator. Creator. Goalscorer. What a legend of the game.

Karim Benzema is the best football player in the world

Karim Benzema’s game by numbers vs. PSG:100% aerial duels won15 touches in the opp. box7 shots attempted5 shots on target4 passes into the opp. box4 passes into final third4 x possession won3 goalsHat-trick hero. 🎩 https://t.co/vz5s89gHDA

Also just to be perfectly clear here, Karim Benzema deserves that Ballon D’Or more than anyone else right now.

Cristiano Ronaldo had this demon Benzema in the Ibrahim Afellay role dkm I want that man arrested immediately

Lionel Messi has failed to score or assist in his last nine games against Real Madrid 😔#UCL https://t.co/miMoKoaXdi

Joe Allen has appeared in a European final more recently than Lionel Messi

If you slander Messi you’re not a Barca fan. Crazy how this even needs to be said


Edited by Vishal Subramanian

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