Benzema Scores Landmark Goal as Madrid Thrash Czechs

Benzema Scores Landmark Goal as Madrid Thrash Czechs

Benzema Scores Landmark Goal as Madrid Thrash Czechs

A brace from Karim Benzema helped Real Madrid coast to a resounding 5-0 victory over Viktoria Plzen in UEFA Champions League Group G action on Wednesday night at the Doosan Arena in Plzen.

Real Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal has hailed recently-sacked Los Blancos coach Julen Lopetegui as the best he has ever worked with.

The French striker took the ball past one player and then dragged it past another before slotting it through the legs of Ales Hruska for his 200th goal in the famous white strip. "We played a very serious game from start to finish, you can not win 5-0 in the Champions League without that". "They are capable of getting where they want to go". Once they play with this seriousness, commitment and wanting to score.

"I only think about the next game. For me the important thing always is winning". "Football is about the present and it's the next game that matters", he said, with a trip to Celta Vigo on Sunday next up for Real. I'm very happy but this was all about the players - we have some brilliant players here who have no limits.

"I said it before he became Real Madrid coach, I'm saying it now he's no longer with us and until I find another coach who, for me, is better than him, I'll continue saying it".


"I said it before he was Real Madrid coach and I'll say it again now that he's gone". A third victory on Wednesday night would further increase the case for giving the job to Solari on a permanent basis, at least until the end of the season.

"Julen is a great coach but we are with Solari now, and playing with more confidence", Benzema said. Los Blancos won their first two games under Solari's leadership, and this will be his first Champions League test.

"It's a decision I've made".

Viktoria could not capitalise on the uncertainty in the Madrid ranks, though, coming closest to a breakthrough when Patrik Hrosovsky - on the scoresheet in the 2-1 loss at the Bernabeu a fortnight ago - sent in a powerful cross that hit Nacho Fernandez and came back off the crossbar.

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