Benzema’s hat trick at Camp Nou smashes Puskás 60-year-old record
Karim Benzema’s 50th, 58th and 80th minutes goals against Barcelona Wednesday night broke Ferenc Puskás 1963 record as the first Real Madrid player to score a hat trick at Camp Nou.
Real Madrid won the match 4-1 on aggregate to knock out Barça out of the Copa del Rey competition.
Barcelona failed to score after coming from a 1-0 aggregate giving Madrid the luxury of four goals.
Brazil international, Vinicius Jr. opened the score line at added time in the first half to level the game 1-1 on aggregate before the break.
Both teams returns to the pitch after a 15-minute pep talk from their coaches and it was Carlo Ancelotti’s words that were more potent as Benzema found the back of the net after five minutes of play to put the Blancos in the lead.
The rather demoralised Xavi boys after a superb performance last weekend failed to replicate their tactics as they conceded, another eight minutes after, courtesy Benzema via a penalty.
The 2022 Ballon d’Or winner showed his worth and sealed the victory in the 80th minutes after an assisted pass from Vinicius Jr. who drifted inside, getting past Garcia on the edge of the box with a lovely bit of footwork before sliding in to Benzema, who fires it over Ter Stegen, who rushed off his line as the ball went straight into the net.