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PSG eliminated as Benzema quickfire hat-trick seals stunning comeback win for Real Madrid

Real Madrid are into the Champions League quarter-finals after Karim Benzema inspired an unbelievable comeback against PSG at Santiago Bernabeuy on Wednesday.

PSG were cruising as they entered the tunnel at half-time after Kylian Mbappe had given them a deserved two-goal aggregate lead.

However, a horrendous mistake from PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was all Real needed to get back into the match.

The Italy international's stumbling clearance allowed Benzema to score the first of his three goals.

Luka Modric's driving run and pass allowed Benzema to put Real ahead on the night and 2-2 on aggregate.

It was a stunning turnaround for the home side, but their supporters were given more to cheer shortly after when Benzema bagged his hat-trick just seconds after the restart.

An improbable result given where the game stood at half-time, but nonetheless, the most successful European team has reached the final eight along with Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester City.

For the Parisians, this night could be the catalyst for massive changes in the summer as Mauricio Pochettino is being targeted by Manchester United, Lionel Messi could return to Barcelona and Kylian Mbappe continues to be linked with Los Blancos.

Carlo Ancelotti's Real will learn their quarter-final opponents on March 18.


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