Benzema’s Hat-trick Heroics Propel Real To Copa del Rey Final
Real Madrid Secures Dominant Victory Over Barcelona in Copa Del Rey Semi-Finals
Real Madrid and Barcelona faced off in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals, with both teams vying for a place in the final. Real Madrid came into the game trailing 1-0 from the first leg, played in Madrid last month. Carlo Ancelotti’s men, who have struggled against Barcelona since Xavi took over at the Catalan giants, needed a special performance to overturn the deficit and secure their place in the final.
Real Madrid Finds the Breakthrough
The game started at a high tempo, with both teams eager to take control. Real Madrid had a few early chances but was unable to convert. As the first half wore on, Barcelona began to assert their dominance and put pressure on the Real Madrid defense.
However, Real Madrid found the breakthrough in first-half stoppage time when Vinicius Junior finished off a brilliant counter attack to level the tie. The goal was a huge boost for Real Madrid and was a testament to the team’s resilience.
Tense First Half Ends with Bookings
The referee’s whistle signaled the end of what was a very tense first half, in which Vinicius and Gavi were booked for an off-the-ball confrontation. Both teams had their fair share of chances, but Real Madrid’s defense held strong, preventing Barcelona from finding the back of the net.
Real Madrid Doubles Their Lead
Real Madrid came out with even more fire in the second half and doubled their lead just four minutes after the restart. Luka Modric flew past two Barcelona defenders and found Karim Benzema, who showed his class with a brilliant finish into the bottom corner of the net.
Barcelona Struggles to Contain Real Madrid’s Counter Attacks
Real Madrid’s counter attacks continued to cause problems for Barcelona, and Madrid was awarded a penalty in the 55th minute when Franck Kessié fouled Vinicius. Benzema stepped up and sent Marc-André ter Stegen the wrong way to make it 3-0, in the process silencing Camp Nou.
Barcelona struggled to contain Real Madrid’s counter attacks, and their defense was breached once again with nine minutes of regulation time left. Vinicius and Benzema broke away on the counter, and the Brazilian found the Frenchman, who made no mistake from six yards to score his third goal of the game and complete his hat-trick.
Real Madrid Books Their Place in the Copa del Rey Final
The win secured Real Madrid’s place in the Copa del Rey final for the first time since 2013, winning 4-1 on aggregate. The team put on an outstanding performance, and Benzema was the standout player of the night with his clinical finishing and impressive display of skill.
Real Madrid showed their quality and class with a dominant performance against their rivals Barcelona. The team’s success was due to their ability to capitalize on counter attacks and the outstanding performance of Benzema, who scored a hat-trick and proved his worth as one of the world’s top strikers. With this win, Real Madrid has secured their place in the Copa del Rey final and will look to continue their winning streak in the competition.