Champions League - Group A
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How 'new Neymar' Rodrygo announced himself with 'perfect' hat-trick

Karim Benzema
Rodrygo (left) completed his hat-trick in stoppage time after Karim Benzema's brace

Brazilian forward Rodrygo announced himself on club football's biggest stage with a 'perfect' hat-trick in Real Madrid's 6-0 defeat of Galatasaray.

The 18-year-old became the second youngest player to score a Champions League treble, behind only Real legend Raul.

He has already been labelled the "new Neymar", having followed in the Paris St-Germain star's footsteps by moving from Brazilian club Santos to Spain.

Outside of South America, little was known about the 5ft 9in youngster - who is the the same height as Neymar - before his summer switch to Real.

Since then, Rodrygo has scored five times in his first six appearances for the club in all competitions.

"Hearing the Bernabeu singing my name is a dream come true," Rodrygo said. "I'm so happy, it has been a joyous night but I must try and stay calm."

The Bernabeu were saluting the teenager as early as the fourth minute when he clinically opened the scoring, left-footed, from his fellow countryman Marcelo's pass.

He got his second three minutes later as he headed in superbly from another Marcelo cross, becoming the first player to score twice in the first seven minutes of a Champions League game.

He was denied the chance of a quickfire hat-trick shortly afterwards, when captain Sergio Ramos stepped up to score a penalty after Steven Nzonzi had fouled Toni Kroos.

But Rodrygo provided an assist for Benzema on the stroke of half-time and the Frenchman returned the favour in second-half stoppage time.

The teenager - whose full name is Rodrygo Silva de Goes - completed his 'perfect' hat-trick as he poked in with his right foot to cap a crushing 6-0 win.

Rodrygo 'learns very fast' - Zidane

Rodrygo
Rodrygo's hat-trick came in only his second Champions League appearance

"He doesn't surprise me," said Real boss Zinedine Zidane. "He has a bit of everything.

"He is intelligent, he learns very fast and wants to learn and improve.

"Physically he has to get better but technically, he knows how to do everything with the ball."

Benzema added: "Rodrygo is only 18 years old but he is fearless. I love to see a young footballer play this way."

Wayne Rooney - also then 18 - was older than Rodyrgo when he scored a Champions League hat-trick on his Manchester United debut against another Turkish side, Fenerbahce, in 2004.

Benzema's record-equalling 15-year streak

Benzema's brace saw him score in a 15th consecutive Champions League campaign, becoming only the second player - after Barcelona's Lionel Messi - to achieve the feat.

The 31-year-old French striker's first Champions League goal came at the age of 17, when he scored for Lyon against Rosenborg on 6 December, 2005.

That was his only goal of that European campaign, and he netted just once in Europe the following term too and just once in 2009-10, after his £25m move to Real in 2009.

In his 15 Champions League seasons he has scored 62 times, averaging more than four a season.

He has never been the top scorer in a Champions League season, but is fourth on the competition's all-time goalscoring list, behind only Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi and Raul.

The Frenchman scored against Liverpool in the final in 2018 and helped his side win four European titles between that year and 2014.

Messi became the first player to score in 15 straight Champions League seasons just two weeks before Benzema.

The Argentine set the record in a narrow win at Slavia Prague on 23 October.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 13Courtois
  • 2Carvajal
  • 5Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 12MarceloSubstituted forMendyat 42'minutes
  • 15ValverdeBooked at 42mins
  • 14CasemiroSubstituted forModricat 60'minutes
  • 8Kroos
  • 27Rodrygo
  • 9Benzema
  • 7E HazardSubstituted forIscoat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Areola
  • 3Militão
  • 10Modric
  • 17Vázquez
  • 18Jovic
  • 22Isco
  • 23Mendy

Galatasaray

  • 1Muslera
  • 22Ferreira Filho
  • 27Luyindama
  • 45do Nascimento Teixeira
  • 55NagatomoSubstituted forBüyükat 88'minutes
  • 6Seri
  • 92NzonziBooked at 13minsSubstituted forBayramat 45'minutes
  • 99Lemina
  • 89Feghouli
  • 23AndoneSubstituted forDonkat 45'minutes
  • 11BabelBooked at 57mins

Substitutes

  • 7Büyük
  • 8Inan
  • 10Belhanda
  • 15Donk
  • 19Bayram
  • 34Kocuk
  • 97Mor
Referee:
Felix Zwayer
Attendance:
65,492

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamGalatasaray
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home20
Away7
Shots on Target
Home11
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 6, Galatasaray 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 6, Galatasaray 0.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 6, Galatasaray 0. Rodrygo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema with a through ball.

Foul by Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid).

Mariano (Galatasaray) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Galatasaray. Adem Büyük replaces Yuto Nagatomo.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Christian Luyindama.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 5, Galatasaray 0. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal.

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcão (Galatasaray).

Attempt blocked. Omer Bayram (Galatasaray) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcão.

Attempt blocked. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Isco with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Mario Lemina (Galatasaray) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Luyindama.

Attempt missed. Christian Luyindama (Galatasaray) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Omer Bayram with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Galatasaray. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

Attempt blocked. Sofiane Feghouli (Galatasaray) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mariano.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Fernando Muslera.

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rodrygo.

Foul by Luka Modric (Real Madrid).

Jean Michael Seri (Galatasaray) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luka Modric with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Ryan Donk.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Fernando Muslera.

Attempt saved. Isco (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Isco replaces Eden Hazard.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Ryan Donk.

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

Foul by Mario Lemina (Galatasaray).

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Omer Bayram (Galatasaray).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Luka Modric replaces Casemiro.

Booking

Ryan Babel (Galatasaray) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Rodrygo (Real Madrid).

Marcão (Galatasaray) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Christian Luyindama (Galatasaray).

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high. Assisted by Casemiro with a cross.

Offside, Galatasaray. Yuto Nagatomo tries a through ball, but Ryan Babel is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG44001001012
2Real Madrid42119547
3Club Bruges402228-62
4Galatasaray401308-81

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich44001541112
2Tottenham421113947
3Red Star Belgrade4103313-103
4Olympiakos4013510-51

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City4310112910
2Shakhtar Donetsk412179-25
3Dinamo Zagreb41219725
4Atalanta4013312-91

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus431094510
2Atl Madrid42116427
3Lokomotiv Moscow410347-33
4B Leverkusen410337-43

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool430110739
2Napoli42206338
3RB Salzburg4112121024
4KRC Genk4013412-81

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona42204228
2B Dortmund42115417
3Inter Milan41126604
4Slavia Prague402225-32

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Leipzig43016429
2Lyon42117437
3Zenit St Petersburg411256-14
4Benfica410359-43

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ajax421110557
2Chelsea42117617
3Valencia42116517
4Lille4013310-71
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