Copa del Rey | Barcelona overwhelmed 0-4 as Benzema hat-trick sends Actual Madrid into Spanish Cup closing

Karim Benzema of Actual Madrid shoots whereas underneath strain from Jules Kounde and Ronald Araujo of FC Barcelona in the course of the Copa Del Rey semifinal second leg match at Spotify Camp Nou on April 05, 2023 in Barcelona, Spain
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Karim Benzema struck a hat-trick as Actual Madrid thrashed arch-rivals and league leaders Barcelona 4-0 to succeed in the Copa del Rey closing in beautiful trend on Wednesday.

Barca, bidding for a fourth successive Clasico victory this season, seemed set for the ultimate having edged a 1-0 win within the first leg of the semi-final in Madrid final month.

However after dominating the early levels of the second leg they fell aside in unlikely trend to lose 4-1 on mixture.

Vinicius Jr gave Actual the lead in first-half stoppage time following a lightning counter-attack and the semi-final was turned on its head when Benzema stroked a shot into the nook 5 minutes into the second half from a Luka Modric move.

Eight minutes later Vinicius was fouled within the space and Benzema thumped his penalty previous Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

With jeers echoing across the Nou Camp, Barcelona tried to reply nevertheless it was Actual Madrid who seemed the extra doubtless so as to add to their tally with Benzema unstoppable.

Within the eightieth minute he was once more arrange by Vinicius to finish his second hat-trick in a matter of days having additionally hit a treble within the 6-0 destruction of Actual Valladolid.

Actual will fancy their probabilities of profitable the trophy for a twentieth time after they face Osasuna within the closing after they beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 on mixture on Tuesday.

After struggling a lot by the hands of Barcelona this season, this was a spectacular riposte by Carlo Ancelotti’s facet as Actual beat Barcelona by at the least a four-goal margin for the primary time since 1995.

Actual are a distant second behind Barca in La Liga having misplaced 2-1 to their bitter rival final month.

However whereas the title could also be gone, they regained some bragging rights in extraordinary trend.

There was no trace of what was to come back on Wednesday as Barcelona seemed within the temper to kill the tie with Thibaut Courtois thwarting the hosts on numerous events.

It was from one Courtois save to disclaim Robert Lewandowski that the tie turned right away.

Actual broke ahead at tempo and Vinicius exchanged passes with Benzema earlier than his shot crept over the road regardless of the efforts of defender Ronald Araujo to maintain it out.

5 minutes after the break Modric glided in from the fitting and rolled a move to Benzema to ship a exact end into the nook. Xavi’s Barcelona have been in tatters minutes later when Vinicius was fouled and Benzema exacted punishment.

Tempers flared with gamers from either side getting concerned in skirmishes however Benzema had the final snigger to finish a magical night time for Actual.

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