Barcelona, 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 in Madrid last month. But after dominating the early stages of the second leg they fell apart in unlikely fashion to lose 4-1 on aggregate.
Vinicius Jr 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 Camp Nou, Barcelona tried to respond but it was Real Madrid who looked the more likely to add to their tally with Benzema unstoppable.
Highlights: Benzema hat-trick seals win
Highlights: Benzema converts penalty for three
Real Madrid will face Osasuna in the Copa del Rey final in Sevilla on April 6.
Los Blancos are massive favourites but laboured to a 1-1 draw with their opponents at the Bernabeu in March, before a 2-0 LaLiga win in Pamplona.
Highlights: Benzema’s superb finish for 2-0
Next up for Real Madrid
Villarreal are in town on Saturday night but, in reality, Los Blancos will be very much focused on facing Chelsea in the Champions League in seven days’ time.
The Blues are set to appoint Frank Lampard as their new interim manager…
This tweet could not sum up Real Madrid’s mentality any better
Highlights: Real Madrid take the lead
Remember, this came against the run of play!
FULL TIME! Barcelona 0-4 Real Madrid (1-4 agg.)
A Clasico masterclass from Real Madrid!
90+2 mins: Fati booked for taking Asensio out on the counter.
Madrid in no rush to take this kick!