Champions League - Group G
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Viktoria Plzen 0-5 Real Madrid: Holders ease to victory in Czech Republic

Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema has become the seventh Real Madrid player to score 200 goals for the club

Real Madrid scored four first-half goals to cruise past Viktoria Plzen and go top of Champions League Group G.

Karim Benzema opened the scoring with his 200th club goal before Casemiro doubled the visitors' advantage.

Benzema then headed a second from close range before Gareth Bale rounded off the half with a left-footed strike.

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

Victory for the holders was new manager Santiago Solari's third consecutive win since taking charge, after Julen Lopetegui was sacked last month.

The La Liga side can qualify for the knockout stages with a draw against Roma in their next game, should CSKA Moscow fail to beat Plzen.

Solari does his chances no harm

The current Real Madrid manager has only been in the job three matches after stepping up from the club's B team - Real Madrid Castilla - after Lopetegui's sacking.

He has made a good start with Madrid, winning all of his games so far, scoring 11 goals and keeping three clean sheets.

Despite missing the likes of Marcelo and Raphael Varane, the Real defence had little to deal with in Pilsen as the visitors enjoyed 62% possession.

However, Madrid may have found themselves lucky not to go down to 10 men after captain Sergio Ramos escaped punishment when he appeared to raise an elbow in a challenge with Milan Havel, leaving the 24-year-old with a bloody nose.

The club's hierarchy appeared to make it clear when Solari was appointed that it would only be temporary measure, and the new boss will face tougher challenges than the three sides he has played against so far, but he will become increasingly tough to replace if he continues to win matches.

Zinedine Zidane's route to the first team came through the Castilla, and that may just be playing in the back of Real president Florentino Perez's mind.

Benzema joins the 200 club - the stats

  • With his first goal, Karim Benzema became the seventh different player to score 200 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid - doing so in 429 appearances.
  • Real Madrid have won by a 5+ goal margin away from home in the Champions League for the fourth occasion - also doing so versus Galatasaray (6-1) in September 2013, versus FC Schalke (6-1) 04 in February 2014 and against APOEL Nicosia (6-0) in November 2017.
  • Viktoria Plzen have lost three consecutive matches in major European competition for the first time since November 2015.
  • Gareth Bale has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last eight Champions League group stage games for Real Madrid (five goals, five assists).

Line-ups

Viktoria Plzen

  • 16Hruska
  • 14Reznik
  • 2Hejda
  • 4Hubnik
  • 8Limbersky
  • 17Hrosovsky
  • 24HavelSubstituted forPetrzelaat 38'minutes
  • 6Prochazka
  • 25CermákSubstituted forHoravaat 61'minutes
  • 10Kopic
  • 18ChorySubstituted forReznicekat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Kozácik
  • 7Horava
  • 9Zeman
  • 11Petrzela
  • 37Reznicek
  • 44Pernica
  • 90Ekpai

Real Madrid

  • 25Courtois
  • 19Odriozola
  • 6NachoBooked at 53mins
  • 4RamosSubstituted forSánchez de Felipeat 59'minutes
  • 23Reguilón
  • 14Casemiro
  • 8KroosSubstituted forIscoat 73'minutes
  • 17Vázquez
  • 24Ceballos
  • 11Bale
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forVinícius Júniorat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Navas
  • 10Modric
  • 15Valverde
  • 20Asensio
  • 22Isco
  • 28Vinícius Júnior
  • 31Sánchez de Felipe
Referee:
Deniz Aytekin
Attendance:
11,483

Match Stats

Home TeamViktoria PlzenAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home10
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away14
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Viktoria Plzen 0, Real Madrid 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Viktoria Plzen 0, Real Madrid 5.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Roman Hubnik.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Vinícius Júnior.

Offside, Real Madrid. Gareth Bale tries a through ball, but Lucas Vázquez is caught offside.

Hand ball by Isco (Real Madrid).

Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tomas Horava (Viktoria Plzen).

Offside, Viktoria Plzen. David Limbersky tries a through ball, but Jakub Reznicek is caught offside.

Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

Jan Kopic (Viktoria Plzen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Viktoria Plzen. Conceded by Lucas Vázquez.

Substitution

Substitution, Viktoria Plzen. Jakub Reznicek replaces Tomas Chory.

Offside, Real Madrid. Álvaro Odriozola tries a through ball, but Isco is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Jan Kopic (Viktoria Plzen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Limbersky.

Offside, Real Madrid. Sergio Reguilón tries a through ball, but Vinícius Júnior is caught offside.

Foul by Javi Sánchez (Real Madrid).

Jan Kopic (Viktoria Plzen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Isco replaces Toni Kroos.

Foul by Sergio Reguilón (Real Madrid).

Roman Prochazka (Viktoria Plzen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Javi Sánchez (Real Madrid) because of an injury.

Delay in match Tomas Chory (Viktoria Plzen) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Viktoria Plzen 0, Real Madrid 5. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Vinícius Júnior following a fast break.

Offside, Real Madrid. Dani Ceballos tries a through ball, but Vinícius Júnior is caught offside.

Attempt missed. David Limbersky (Viktoria Plzen) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt blocked. Tomas Horava (Viktoria Plzen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Roman Prochazka.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Vinícius Júnior replaces Karim Benzema.

Substitution

Substitution, Viktoria Plzen. Tomas Horava replaces Ales Cermák.

Attempt missed. Patrik Hrosovsky (Viktoria Plzen) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Milan Petrzela.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Javi Sánchez replaces Sergio Ramos.

Foul by Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid).

Roman Prochazka (Viktoria Plzen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Lukas Hejda.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Roman Hubnik.

Foul by Álvaro Odriozola (Real Madrid).

Jan Kopic (Viktoria Plzen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Real Madrid. Sergio Ramos tries a through ball, but Nacho is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

A

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1B Dortmund43018269
2Atl Madrid43017619
3Club Bruges41126514
4Monaco4013210-81

B

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1Barcelona4310113810
2Inter Milan42115507
3Tottenham411279-24
4PSV Eindhoven4013410-61

C

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1Napoli41304316
2Liverpool42027526
3PSG412111745
4Red Star Belgrade4112310-74

D

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1FC Porto431093610
2Schalke42204138
3Galatasaray41123304
4Lokomotiv Moscow4004211-90

E

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1Bayern Munich431071610
2Ajax42206248
3Benfica411246-24
4AEK Athens4004210-80

F

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1Man City430112399
2Lyon41309816
3Hoffenheim403189-13
4Shakhtar Donetsk4022413-92

G

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1Real Madrid430110289
2Roma430110469
3CSKA Moscow411247-34
4Viktoria Plzen4013314-111

H

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1Juventus43017259
2Man Utd42115237
3Valencia41214405
4Young Boys4013210-81
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