Real Madrid vs PSG score, grades: Benzema hat trick, Champions League return with Modric’s magic fuel for ages

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

Kylian Mbappe has scored once in every game and the French superstar was the main talking point before the game due to a left-footed shot he received in training earlier this week as well as interest from the Spanish giants to sign him as a free agent this summer. and it lived up to the billing.

However, so did his compatriot Karim Benzema who netted a remarkable 17-minute hat-trick to put the PSG No.7 in the shadows just when it seemed like his moment.

Mbappe saw a goal ruled out in each half and still beat Thibaut Courtois with a clinically low finish after being played by Neymar to seemingly prove he was the difference between his current club and future suitors in the Spanish capital .

Real fans gave the 23-year-old a warm welcome and while that only served to encourage him to produce another superlative individual display, Gianluigi Donnarumma undermined that when his inexplicable mistake allowed Benzema to stabilize overnight.

The Italy international made some superb saves on the night guarding Keylor Navas against his former club, but it was a glaring enough error to almost cost PSG like other goalkeeping mistakes have in the past against Real.

Benzema smelled the blood and a quick brace as the usually assured Marquinhos and his team-mates crumbled to the timeless Luka Modric, ensuring Real celebrated an unexpected quarter-final place full-time.

Player ratings

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

Paris Saint Germain

(GK) Gianluigi Donnarumma

90

Made some really good saves but made a major mistake which allowed Real to turn things around and was booked as well. Many will think his selection was tough on Keylor Navas and that the Costa Rican’s experience could have helped the team when things got tough.

4

(DEF) Judge Ashraf

88

Often advanced down the right and reached Real’s backline without putting too much emphasis on the defensive side of things which eventually caught up with PSG and were warned.

6

(DEF) Marquinhos (c)

90

Unusually wobbly at the start and he never got past that and even played into the hands of Benzema as the Frenchman went wild.

3

(DEF) Presnel Kimpembe

90

Struggled as Marquinhos crumbled 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 attacking and mature display on the left from the Portuguese who was one of the few to emerge with real credit.

6

(MID) Leandro Paredes

70

Picked up a silly early booking and although he did his part for PSG by linking up and taking the ball on the pitch, it was no use.

5

(MID) Danilo Pereira

81

Did what he was told to do and provided cover for the defense without ever needing to over-shift too much and was suddenly stale when things turned against him.

5

(MID) Marco Verratti

90

Technically excellent in the middle, but finally lost the battle against the eternal Modric who showed his class at the end.

6

(AV) Lionel Messi

90

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

3

(AV) Kylian Mbappe

90

⚽ Great goal and unlucky to have two efforts discarded, but he has to wonder if it’s really worth signing up for more of that agony.

7

(Forward) Neymar

90

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

5

Idrissa Gueye

Walls

His introduction coincided with the loss of control of PSG.

4

Angel Di Maria

Pereira

Considering the last 10 minutes, it was too late.

5

Julian Draxler

Judge

One last desperate roll of the dice.

5

Mauricio Pochettino

3

The tactical setup seemed to work for a while until the mentality evaporated and the team crumbled in front of him, something he was unprepared for.

4

real Madrid

(GK) Thibaut Courtois

90

Made three saves as he had to deal with Kylian Mbappe all night, and two of them were good. He might have done better on goal, but he did well enough to keep his team in the game.

7

(DEF) Nacho

90

Not great, but he wasn’t bad either. Was an average display. He didn’t have to worry about wide marking, which allowed him to help centrally.

5

(DEF) Eder Militao

90

Took an early hit from teammate Toni Kroos and appeared a little off. Couldn’t handle PSG’s speed but was lucky his side didn’t concede more. Only won 25% of his tackles but was strong in the air.

6

(DEF) David Alaba

90

Has had its moments. At times his positioning was a little off, but he made the right decision more often than not and did well to play the ball smartly from the back.

6

(DEF) Dani Carvajal

66

No one envied the Spanish full-back for having to face Mbappe. He’s been burned down a few too many times and just doesn’t have the quality to stop it. But, in reality, no one does. Recovered the ball eight times, however.

5

(ME) Luka Modric

90

Completed almost 90% of his passes and registered a crucial pass with a dirty pass to Benzema. Also had a cracking tackle on Messi. He directed it.

8

(MID) Toni Kroos

57

Taken off after 57 minutes because Real needed to be a bit more attacking. On the pitch, however, he created four chances and completed 96.2% of his passes.

7

(MID) Fede Valverde

90

Well filled for the suspended Casemiro, although he sometimes drifts a bit too far. Impacted both ends of the pitch and often slowed PSG’s pace.

6

(AV) Marco Asensio

57

Almost forgot he was playing. I don’t remember a thing he actually did. Oh yes, he had an early shot blocked by a defender. No chance created and an xG of 0.09. A quiet night.

4

(AV) Vinicius Junior

90

The comeback started by bouncing off the ball and assisting Benzema. Lively, efficient and created three chances. He played a key role in triggering the turnaround.

7

(AV) Karim Benzema

90

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

ten

Rodrygo

Asensio (57′)

Decent off the bench, earning a superb late free-kick which his side were unable to convert. You are more central than Asensio.

6

Eduardo Camavinga

Kroos (57′)

Came in for the German to offer a bit more in the future. He never really started, but had a front row seat to the shocking turnaround.

5

lucas vazquez

Carvajal (66′)

Wasn’t torched by Mbappe and even had a decent challenge on him in the final moments.

6

Carlo Ancelotti

3

I’m not going to praise him too much because Benzema saved his behind. He was too cautious in the first leg and then not defensive enough in the first half in the second leg. His team is once again qualified in the competition, but it is not thanks to him. He owes Benzema a few days off.

5

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