MATCHS DU JOUR 23
Paris Saint-Germain have suffered another disillusionment. After winning the first leg (1-0), the Parisians provoked the rage of a more experienced Madrid side in the second leg of the round of 16. Real Madrid were way better than them (3-1) to qualify for the quarter-finals.
The Parisian fans went through all the emotions. From the euphoria of a quarter-final qualification to the disappointment of an unexpected reversal. PSG was unable to respond to the challenge of Real Madrid. Kylian Mbappé's goal in the 39th minute was the perfect timing to score and go to the break with an advantage that would greatly open the doors to the next round. Only impediment was a revived Karim Benzema. Real Madrid came back, refreshed and still believing in their good star and captain. The Madrilenians were to increase their intensity in the second half and put the turbo into overdrive to completely turn the scoreboard around.
Benzema is unstoppable
The Parisians will no doubt be dreaming in nightmarish fashion of Karim Benzema. The French striker was notably the executioner by scoring a hat-trick. Benzema put Real back in the game in the 61st minute. He took advantage of a mistake by PSG goalkeeper Donnarumma to get things going again. There was still time left for Real. Paris stumbled and stumbled and finally broke down in the 76th minute. Real had their extra time. But it didn't stop there. On the contrary, Real will go for the qualification and still with Benzema (78th) who definitively stuns the hopes of the team from the French capital. Karim Benzema went on to make Champions League history with Real. The former Lyon man has now scored at least one goal in a year in the Champions League for the 18th time in a row since 2005.
In the other match of the evening, Manchester City were held to a 0-0 draw by Sporting but still went through on a 5-0 aggregate score thanks to their away display in Lisbon.