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Barcelona 0-4 Real Madrid (Agg: 1-4): Karim Benzema hat-trick fires Real into Copa del Rey final

Match report as Real Madrid thrash Barcelona 4-0 to win their Copa del Rey semi-final 4-1 on aggregate; Karim Benzema struck a hat-trick after Vinicius Jr had opened the scoring for Real at the Nou Camp; Carlo Ancelotti’s side will face Osasuna in the final on May 6

Karim Benzema struck a hat-trick as Real Madrid thrashed arch-rivals and LaLiga leaders Barcelona 4-0 to reach the Copa del Rey final in stunning fashion on Wednesday.

Barca, who were looking for a fourth successive Clasico victory this season, looked set for the final having edged a 1-0 win in the first leg of the semi-final at the Bernabeu last month.

Vinicius Junior gave Real 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 corner five minutes into the second half from a Luka Modric pass.

Eight minutes later, Vinicius was fouled in the area and Benzema thumped his penalty past Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

With jeers echoing around the Nou Camp, Barcelona tried to respond but it was Real Madrid who looked the more likely to add to their tally with Benzema unstoppable.

In the 80th minute he was again set up by Vinicius to complete his second hat-trick in a matter of days having also hit a treble in the 6-0 destruction of Real Valladolid.

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