Benzema scores landmark goal as Real Madrid rout Plzen

Doug Mendoza
November 8, 2018

Real were without the injured Marcelo and fellow defenders Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal, who did not travel to Plzen, a western Czech city famous for its lager beer.

Real Madrid could easily have been a goal and a man down in Wednesday's Champions League Group A game at Viktoria Plzen, before two goals in 143 seconds from Karim Benzema and Casemiro put them on the way to a comfortable victory.

Casemiro guided a simple second into the corner of the net after being left totally unmarked from a corner, before Benzema helped himself to another in nearly identical circumstances, this time once picked out by Gareth Bale's headed pass four yards out.

Madrid beat Plzen 2-1 at home last month 2-1 with Julen Lopetegui at the helm before the former coach was sacked three months into his first season in charge after Real were thrashed by arch-rivals Barcelona.

"We've done a lot of things well [in his three matches], but above all I see the seriousness and the desire to score".

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Navas has made it very clear that he will not leave Real Madrid and provide lethal competition to Courtois for a place in between the sticks. "Every game is different and you have to continue working with humility, sacrifice and ambition in front of goal and think about the next game".

MF Casemiro, 6 - Another game in which the holding midfielder's aerial threat at set-pieces was more useful to his team than his covering of opposition counter-attacks.

Madrid were dominate throughout and Toni Kroos added an impressive fifth after the interval when he chipped goalkeeper from inside the area.

DF Javi Sanchez, 6 - The Castilla centre-back, 21, got his first taste of Champions League action when Ramos was removed on the hour mark, presumably to avoid risk of injury or suspension. Number 201 came from closer range, while the back-headed assist for Bale was not bad either.

"Julen is a great coach but we are with Solari now, and playing with more confidence", Benzema said.

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