0-4! Hat-trick hero Karim Benzema guides Real past Barcelona to the Spanish Cup final with a historic performance

With twelve points behind Barcelona, ​​a 36th national title was almost certainly flying for Real Madrid, and Barça – which won the first leg of the semi-finals 0-1 – was also opposed to a twentieth cup victory. The return in Camp Nou could still save the day, but in the first half De Koninklijke could rarely threaten Marc-André ter Stegen. Once the lightning-fast Rodrygo created a danger, but Vinicius just couldn’t reach his cross.

The fans of Barcelona made themselves noticed early in the game by loudly chanting “Messi, Messi, Messi” at Camp Nou. They hope that the Argentinian legend will return after this season.

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We thought the second half should provide advice, but on the stroke of half time it was suddenly hit. However, it was Robert Lewandowski who seemed to give the home team the lead, but Thibaut Courtois took a very clever reflex and hit the ball out of goal. And twenty counts and a counter later, the ball was on the other side against the nets. After a one-two with Benzema, Vinicius put the 0-1 on the board. Koundé was there for a while, but the ball rolled painfully slowly over the line.

So everything had to be redone and five minutes after the break, Real struck again. Ter Stegen, good for 22 clean sheets in 38 matches, had to turn around a second time when Modric accelerated and Benzema thanked his assist and placed the leather neatly in the bottom corner. The two oldies (37 and 35) are decisive again. As well as Courtois, again. He boxed away the bang from left back Balde.

Just like Puskas

It promised to be exciting, but then Kessié made a stupid mistake on Vinicius and Real also received a penalty. A breeze for Benzema, who scored his 24th goal of the season. Yes, in theory it was still possible for Barça in the last half hour, but they needed to score two more goals and they just didn’t play well enough. The frustrations continued to mount, also in the stands, and we were a few times closer to 0-4 than to a comeback. That 0-4 eventually came. Who else but Benzema completed (completely detached) his hat trick and the party.

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In the end, Vincius Junior and Araujo caused a riot:

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A win by Real on the field of Barcelona by four goals? That’s, uh, pretty unique. The last time that happened was in January 1963, sixty years ago. Then it became 1-5 thanks to three goals from Ferenc Puskas. What a way to reach the final now…

On to Seville, where Real will face Osasuna on May 6. For Courtois a chance to win his eighth trophy with his current club. He has already ticked off all other possible prizes, the Copa del Rey is the only one left for him. The same applies to Eden Hazard, but he did not get any playing minutes yesterday.

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