Real Madrid battered arch-rivals Barcelona 4-0 at Camp Nou in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals last night to book their place in the final.
Los Blancos were tasked with an arduous comeback after losing the first leg 1-0, while the three straight Clasico defeats before last night meant that the odds weren’t in their favour.
However, Madrid proved too good for the Catalan giants as they produced a dominant display to end their brief hoodoo in the Clasicos.
Karim Benzema grabbed the spotlight after scoring a sensational hat-trick to prove he is a big-match player.
Having endured an injury-hit campaign this season, the Frenchman was under pressure for not replicating the form that won him the 2022 Ballon d’Or award.
However, he came to his own with a morale-boosting hat trick against Real Valladolid last week in La Liga.
Little did Barca know that the performance was a warning as the 35-year-old pulled off another incredible display at Camp Nou in the second leg, providing an assist to Vinicius Junior’s first goal before netting three times in the second half.
Another standout player pivotal in the victory was his compatriot Eduardo Camavinga.
The prodigious midfielder has garnered praise for his staggering impact this season, excelling in multiple positions including left-back, central midfield and defensive midfield.
Playing as a left-back last night due to the absence of Ferland Mendy, Camavinga produced one of his finest displays of the season.
With 100% success in pass completion and tackles, the 20-year-old also made seven clearances, nine ball retrievals and won 10 duels.
Camavinga’s stature continues to grow with each passing game, and he is arguably one of the best young midfielders in Europe.
Madrid will face Osasuna in the Copa del Rey final on May 6.
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