Karim Benzema, Real Madrid Advance to Copa Del Rey SF with 3-1 Win vs. Girona | Bleacher Report

Real Madrid's Benzema celebrates after scoring during a Spanish Copa del Rey soccer match between Real Madrid and Girona in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

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Real Madrid coasted into the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 3-1 win over Girona on Thursday to claim a 7-3 aggregate victory.

Karim Benzema put the visitors in charge of the tie with the opener on 27 minutes. The Frenchman swapped passes with Dani Carvajal and then tucked the ball past goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz.

The striker then continued his red-hot form by grabbing his second of the night just before half-time. He curled home a shot in off the post from just inside the penalty area for his fifth goal in his last three outings.

Pedro Porro pulled one back for Girona after the break, but Marcos Llorente restored Real Madrid’s two-goal lead five minutes later with a well-taken strike.

The visitors then comfortably saw out the win to ensure their name will be in Friday’s draw for the last four.

        

What’s Next?

Both teams return to La Liga action on Sunday. Girona are at Eibar, while Real Madrid host Alaves. 

This article will be updated to provide more information soon.

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