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Real Madrid vs. PSG score, ratings: Benzema hat trick, Modric magic fuel Champions League comeback for ages

Paris Saint-Germain are out of the UEFA Champions League after a stunning 3-1 loss to Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday completed a 3-2 aggregate success for Los Blancos.

Kylian Mbappe scored once in each leg and the French superstar was the main talking point pre-match due to a left-foot knock picked up in training earlier this week as well as the Spanish giants' interest in signing him as a free agent this summer and he lived up to the billing.

However, so too did compatriot Karim Benzema who scored a remarkable 17-minute hat trick to put PSG's No. 7 in the shade just when it had appeared to be his moment.

Mbappe saw one goal ruled out in either half and still beat Thibaut Courtois with a clinical low finish after being played in by Neymar to seemingly prove himself to be the difference between his current club and his future suitors in the Spanish capital.

The Real fans afforded the 23-year-old a warm welcome and while it only served to encourage him to produce another superlative individual display, Gianluigi Donnarumma undermined that when his inexplicable error allowed Benzema to level on the night.

The Italy international made some superb saves on the night as he kept Keylor Navas out against his former club, but it was a glaring enough error that it almost cost PSG as other goalkeeping errors have done in the past against Real.

Benzema smelled blood and a quickfire double as the usually assured Marquinhos and his teammates fell apart in the face of the timeless Luka Modric ensured that Real were celebrating an unexpected quarterfinal berth come fulltime.

Player ratings

But how did each player perform in this one? Here are our player ratings for the match for every starter, substitute and manager. All ratings are out of 10, and the higher the number the better. A zero would be a first-minute red card. A 10 would be a dominant hat trick.

Paris Saint-Germain

Name MinutesHow did they do? Rating

(GK) Gianluigi Donnarumma

90

Made a few very good saves, but committed a major error which enabled Real to turn the tide and also got booked. Many will feel his selection was harsh on Keylor Navas and that the Costa Rican's experience could have helped the team as things got tough.

4

(DEF) Achraf Hakimi

88

Got forward often on the right and got at Real's backline without placing too much emphasis on the defensive side of things which eventually caught up to PSG and got booked.

6

(DEF) Marquinhos (C)

90

Uncharacteristically wobbly early on and he never got past that and even played into Benzema's hands as the Frenchman ran riot.

3

(DEF) Presnel Kimpembe

90

Struggled as Marquinhos fell apart alongside him and was unable to hold the defense together as the old capitulation set in and picked up a late booking.

4

(DEF) Nuno Mendes

90

Another attack-minded and mature showing on the left from the Portuguese who was one of the few to emerge with any real credit.

6

(MID) Leandro Paredes

70

Picked up a silly early booking and although he played his role in PSG linking up and getting on the ball while on the pitch, it was to no avail.

5

(MID) Danilo Pereira

81

Did what he was asked to do and provided cover for the defense without ever needing to move up through the gears too much and was suddenly obsolete when things backfired.

5

(MID) Marco Verratti

90

Technically excellent in the middle, but ultimately lost the battle to the evergreen Modric who showed his class at the end.

6

(FWD) Lionel Messi

90

A few flashes of intrigue but a largely anonymous return to Spanish soil.

3

(FWD) Kylian Mbappe

90

⚽ Excellent goal and unlucky to have two efforts ruled out, but he must be wondering if it is really worth signing up for more of this agony.

7

(FWD) Neymar

90

Assisted Mbappe but was otherwise a passenger as Mbappe did most of the leg work.

5

SubstitutesReplacedHow did they do?Rating

Idrissa Gueye

Paredes

His introduction coincided with PSG's loss of control.

4

 Angel Di Maria

Pereira

Given the final 10 minutes by which time it was too late.

5

Julian Draxler

Hakimi

A desperate last throw of the dice.

5

ManagerSubs usedHow did the manager do?Rating

Mauricio Pochettino

3

Tactical setup seemed to work for a while until the mentality evaporated and the team fell apart in front of him which he was unprepared for.

4

Real Madrid 

Name MinutesHow did they do? Rating

(GK) Thibaut Courtois

90

Made three saves as he had to deal with Mbappe all night -- and two of them were fine ones. He might have been able to do better on the goal, but he did well enough to keep his team in it.

7

(DEF) Nacho

90

Not great, but not bad either. Call it a so-so display. He did not have to worry about marking wide, so that allowed him to help centrally.

5

(DEF) Eder Militao

90

Took an early knock from teammate Toni Kroos and appeared a bit off. Could not deal with PSG's speed but was lucky his team didn't concede more. Won just 25% of his tackles but was strong in the air.

6

(DEF) David Alaba

90

Had his moments. At times his positioning was a bit off, but he made the right decision more often than not and did well to play the ball smartly out of the back.

6

(DEF) Dani Carvajal

66

Nobody envied the Spanish fullback for having to deal with Mbappe. He was torched a few too many times and simply doesn't have the quality to stop him. But, in reality, nobody does. Did recover the ball eight times though.

5

(MID) Luka Modric

90

Completed nearly 90 percent of his passes and provided a crucial assist with a filthy pass to Benzema. And that happened a blistering end-to-end run. Also had a cracking tackle on Messi. He bossed it.

8

(MID) Toni Kroos

57

Taken off after 57 minutes as Real needed to be a bit more attacking. When on the pitch, he did create four chances though and completed 96.2% of his passes.

7

(MID) Fede Valverde

90

Filled in well for the suspended Casemiro, though he would at times drift a bit too far wide. Made an impact on both ends of the pitch and slowed down the pace of PSG often.

6

(FWD) Marco Asensio

57

Nearly had forgotten that he played. Can't recall one thing he did in truth. Oh yeah, he had an early shot blocked by a defender. No chances created and an xG of 0.09. A quiet night.

4

(FWD) Vinicius Junior

90

Got the comeback started by bouncing on the ball and assisting Benzema. Lively, efficient and created three chances. He was key in sparking the turnaround.

7

(FWD) Karim Benzema

90

⚽⚽⚽ What can you say? The record-setting striker scored an 18-minute hat trick in the second half, starting it with his pressure on the PSG keeper. He was absolutely clinical, and he was by far the best player in attack even before the goals. A legendary display.

10

SubstitutesReplacedHow did they do?Rating

Rodrygo

Asensio (57')

Decent off the bench, winning a great free kick late that his team couldn't convert. Got more centrally than Asensio.

6

Eduardo Camavinga

Kroos (57')

Came in for the German to offer a bit more going forward. He never really got going but had a front-row seat to the shocking turnaround. 

5

Lucas Vazquez

Carvajal (66')

Did not get torched by Mbappe and even had a decent challenge on him in the dying moments.

6

ManagerSubs usedHow did the manager do?Rating

Carlo Ancelotti

3

Not going to overly praise him, because Benzema saved his behind. He was too cautious in the first leg and then not cautious enough defensively in the first half of the second leg. His team is through once again in the competition, but it wasn't because of him. He owes Benzema some days off.

5

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How to watch and odds

  • Date: Wednesday, March 9 | Time: 3 p.m. ET
  • Location: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu -- Madrid, Spain
  • TV: CBS  | Live stream: Paramount+
  • Odds: Real Madrid +145; Draw +260; PSG +175 (via Caesars Sportsbook) 
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It's over! Real have done it!

Comeback complete! Benzema's hat trick in the second half seals a 3-1 win, sending Los Blancos through 3-2 on aggregate!

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90' Minutes to go now as Messi comes close!

Messi with a free kick that comes close, but in truth Courtois had it covered. PSG need a goal now or Real go through! 

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Real Madrid's third!

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78' Benzema gets a third!!!

It's another goal! Back to back minutes! 

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78' Goal Real Madrid! 2-1!

It's Benzema again! He's slipped through via a sick pass from Modric, and Real take the 2-1 lead!

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Real get back

Huge turn of events as Benzema puts Real ahead on the night and levels the tie. Massive goal! 

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72' Vini Jr. fires over!

Oh my goodness. A rebound falls to Vini Jr. in the box, and he was surprised it fell to him, but he sends it over the goal! What a look!

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Donnarumma doozy

Suddenly, the hosts have a lifeline. Donnarumma with an inexplicable error allows Benzema to level. Navas must feel gutted to be benched for this one against his former club.

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61' Real back in it! 1-1! 

Donnarumma's mistake turns the ball over, and Real Madrid are back in business as Vinicius sets up Benzema to make it 1-1! Goodness!

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54' Mbappe again! But it is again offside!

Mbappe schools Courtois with a delightful bit of skill and finds the back of the net, but he is clearly offside. Still just 1-0.

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Mbappe flagged again

Pretty much as PSG would have wanted this second half to start. Aside from Mbappe being called offside again, they look the most likely to score again.

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Second half is underway!

Real look to get back in it, and PSG look to put it away. 45 minutes to go!

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So far so good

PSG lead and despite a slow start, they are now where they wanted to be pre-match. Two Mbappe goals and he is the difference in so many ways right now.

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39' There it is! Mbappe!

1-0 to the visitors! Mbappe gets loose down the left and beats Courtois with a fine hit! Neymar played him through, and Mbappe did the rest with a hard, low effort. 

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This one does count

Mbappe stuns the Bernabeu to put PSG in front! 

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34' PSG score ... but it won't count

Mbappe finds the back of the net, but Mendes was off. It's ruled out, and action continues at 0-0.

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Huge goal or is it? 

Mbappe thought he had the opener for PSG and a goal in each game.

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31' Nearly fomMessi!

It's great combining from Neymar and Messi in the box, and the Argentine comes close, lifting it over Courtois but not on frame. Closer!

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Ponderous PSG

Not the start the visitors wanted. Despite a few openings, Donnarumma has already come up big to deny Benzema. Pochettino's starting XI under scrutiny.

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25' Brilliant from Donnarumma!

A lose ball falls to Benzema at the corner of the box, and he tries to pick out the back post, but Donnarumma just gets a finger on it to push it wide! An absolutely brilliant stop!

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22' Another save by Courtois

Neymar gets a look now from just inside the box, going across his body with a low effort that is saved rather easily.

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13' Courtois denies Mbappe!

It's another chance from Mbappe down the left, firing near post on a tight angle with Courtois denying him well. PSG growing into the game now after Real's encouraging start. 

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Petty Paredes

Unnecessary booking for the Argentine. He is now suspended for PSG's next Champions League game. 

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8' First solid chance to PSG

The high line of Real is exploited, as Messi steals the ball, plays Neymar, and the Brazilian sends Mbappe through. There, the Frenchman gets to the outside of Militao but can't feed Neymar back post as Courtois has it under control.

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2' Injury for Real

Bad start for Real as Militao is down hurt. He went up for a 50-50 ball and came crashing down. The other person involved in the 50-50 was his teammate, Toni Kroos. 

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Almost time

So much to look forward to in this one. Is it an audition for Mbappe and his next club, or is it the convincing win PSG need to get him to extend? Will Neymar finally turn it on, or will Messi rise to the occasion? The next 90 minutes should answer a few of these.

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More goals this time around?

Fans will be hoping to see some more goals in this clash, as that first leg was headed for a 0-0 draw up until Mbappe's winner. For Real Madrid, it was one of their worst attacking performances in years. 

From the first leg:

While Real largely defended well outside of a shocking display by Carvajal and that last lapse in play, Los Blancos did not ever look like a threat to score. They finished the match with just three shots and an xG of 0.14. Real had recorded over 10 shots in 33 of their last 34 matches. Their xG was also by far their lowest of the season in all competitions and also their lowest in years. Going back to the 2018-19 season, their lowest xG recorded was 0.41 against Huesca in December, nearly three times more than they recorded in the first leg.

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