Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Real Madrid hit form with five-goal win against Viktoria Plzen

Dani Carvajal Julen Lopetegui Real Madrid 2018-19 Getty Images
Rita Gibson | 08 November, 2018, 12:57

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.

Dani Carvajal has described sacked Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui as the best coach he has had in his career.

Los Blancos narrowly escaped with a 2-1 victory against Plzen a few weeks ago on matchday 3 of the Champions League and will be looking to find a way to increase their goal scoring production and return to the form that has seen them win the last three editions of the Champions League.

The 42-year-old Argentinian dismissed questions about his possible future as Real's head coach. "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 can just think about the next game", he said.

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.

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Madrid soon asserted their superiority when Benzema was granted space to run into and he used it to slot his milestone strike between the legs of Ales Hruska in the 20th minute. "We've scored five times and this result will give us confidence".

Solari handed Javi Sanchez and Vinicius Junior Champions League debuts in place of Ramos and Benzema and the Brazilian marked the occasion by setting up Kroos for a fine goal. CSKA have four points with Plzen on one.

Plzen, the reigning Czech champions, had two attempts on goal from long range in the second half, but Jan Kopic saw his effort stopped by Courtois and Patrik Hrosovsky, who scored for Plzen in their 2-1 loss in Madrid in October, fired wide.

Keylor Navas has kept only one clean sheet this season in the Champions League and conceded very shabby goals against CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen.

Lucas Vazquez was denied by a contentious offside decision and Bale rattled the upright in stoppage time as Madrid cantered to three important points.

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