Friday , November 27 2020

Football: Benzema pair helps Real Madrid Rally Viktoria Plzen

PLZEN, Czech Republic: Karim Benzema's first half pair led Real Madrid to score 5-0 in Victorian Pissen in the Champions League on Wednesday (November 7th), putting the winners one win from the last 16 following a third straight victory in Santiago Solari.

Former Real midfielder Solari took from fired Julen Lopetegui as a temporary coach on October 29 and now sees his side score 11 times unanswered after winning Melilla and Real Valladolid.

"I think we were playing a very nice game today, we scored great goals," Solari told reporters. "A 5-0 win in the Champions League – I can only be satisfied with this."

The 42-year-old Argentine has rejected questions about his potential future as Real coach.

"The only thing I think is the next game. Football is for the moment and it is the next game that matters," he said, with a trip to Celta Vigo the following Sunday for Real.

Benzema lost the first place in 21 minutes, pushing Plzen's defense and goalkeeper Ales Hruska with a low shot.

Casemiro arrived two shortly after, closing a group with Toni Kroos, and Benzema headed himself in the 37th minute after Gareth Bale had found him unmarked.

Bale scored five minutes before midnight, hitting Hruska with a low left footballer at his distant post after the Benzema heading.

Crow rounded the score to the 68th minute, turning a rich lobe over the latent Hruska after a pass from the rising star Vinicius Junior, who came as a secondary substitute.

The 18-year-old Brazilian, signed by Flamengo for 45 million euros last season, made his debut in the Champions League after scoring the La Liga at Valladolid on the weekend.

Real is now level with the Roma at the top of Group C at nine points after the Italian 2-1 victory in CSKA Moscow earlier on Wednesday. CSKA is the third with four points, while Pittsen is at the bottom and is not ready to move on.

The real thing was without the injured Marcelo and his colleagues Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal, who were not traveling to Plzen, a western Czech town famous for its beer.


Real defeated early fear when Nacho lowered a cross against his own cross while midfielder Rizen Romas Rezazka won a shot just below the goal of Thibaut Courtois.

But they quickly returned their temper and put Pittsen on the back leg.

Bale headed the width from the close shot and then saw the distant shot taken by Hurka, while Plzen's defense pushed the ball away from Benzema hungry for a recovery.

Then, Benzema lost very little to the cross of Bale just in front of a goal that seemed.

James Copcic, who won his effort from Courtois and Patric Hrosovski, who scored for Pizen with a 2-1 loss in Madrid in October, shot wide.

Bale came close to scoring a second in the stoppage time but was denied by the wood.

In the next Champions League game, Real is facing the Roma in Rome on November 27th.

The results of the UEFA Championship:

Benfica (POR) 1 Ajax (NED) 1

Bayern Munich (GER) 2 AEK Athens (GRE) 0

Lyon (FRA) 2 Hoffenheim (Germany) 2

Manchester City (ENG) 6 Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 0

CSKA Moscow (Russia) 1 Rome (ITA) 2

Viktoria Plzen (CZE) 0 Real Madrid (ESP) 5

Valencia (ESP) 3 Young Boys (SUI) 1

Juventus (ITA) 1 Manchester United (ENG) 2

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