Benzema bags hattrick as Real Madrid book their place in the Copa del Rey final after defeating Barca 4-0 in Camp Nou
Vinicius opened the scoring in the 45+1 minute, following a swift counter-attack that saw Lewandowski denied by Courtois. Benzema found Vinicius in the box, and his effort was spilled by the keeper before being squeezed home by Vini.
Benzema doubled the lead in the 50th minute with a sublime finish, following a nice play from Modric to roll the ball to him. Real Madrid were awarded a penalty in the 57th minute after Kessie brought down Vinicius Jr with a lazy lunge, and Benzema confidently converted it down the middle.
Benzema completed his hattrick in the 80th minute, with a cool finish. The victory sees Real Madrid progress to the Copa del Rey final, leaving Barcelona to reflect on a disappointing performance.
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Goal! Barcelona 0-4 Real Madrid
The coolest of finishes from the Frenchman, who dinks the ball home to overtake Raul on the all-time Clasico leaderboard. With Vinicius Jr officially claiming the opener, that’s his third of the night!
Goal! Barcelona 0-3 Real Madrid
It’ll be Benzema…STRAIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE!
Penalty for Real Madrid!
Kessie fells Vinicius Jr! A lazy lunge, no doubt.
Goal! Barcelona 0-2 Real Madrid
Nice play from Modric to come forward and roll the ball to Benzema, who takes aim for 20 yards out and nestles the ball in the far corner! A sublime finish.
We’re back underway for the final quarter of this Copa del Rey semi-final.
That would be all for this half.
Goal! Barcelona 0-1 Real Madrid
Lewandowski denied by Courtois and Real break, Benzema finding Vincius in the box. His effort is spilled by the keeper, blocked on the line… and is squeezed home by Benzema.
Here we go!
Raphinha returns on the wing as Xavi loads up his midfield with work horses, moving Gavi into the attack.
Franck Kessie, Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto line up in front of the defence with Frenkie de Jong absent.