Real Madrid all but booked their place in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League after a comfortable 5-0 victory over Group G opponents
Karim Benzema opened the scoring with a fine individual effort that saw him
Benzema then added his second of the night in the 37th minute, following a corner, before Gareth Bale volleyed home Madrid’s fourth, five minutes before the interval.
Substitute Vinícius Júnior then teed up Toni Kroos to make it five after the hour-mark to make it five and complete the rout,
Check out our breakdown of the game below.
Key Talking Point
The Czech side started in the ascendancy and tried their best to take advantage of the uncertainties in the Madrid defence. However, they weren’t clinical enough in the final third, which allowed their opposition to grow into the game and eventually capitalise with two goals in quick succession, the second of which resulted from poor defending following a corner.
Yet, they still looked dangerous on the break with the long ball forward causing their opponents several problems on a few occasions, but as was the case in the previous encounter, they were wasteful and their Spanish opponents punished them for this.
There were several lapses in concentration while defending crosses into the area, which proved to be their undoing as Benzema and Bale found the net to make it 4-0 before half-time.
STAR MAN –
WORST PLAYER – Despite captaining the side
Key Talking Point
The defending Champions League holders looked out of sorts defensively with the inexperience of Sergio Reguilón and Álvaro Odriozola evident in the early stages. They could have gone behind within the first ten minutes when Nacho turned a cross against his own woodwork, and could have also gone a man down if referee
STAR MAN – Benzema seemed to inspire his side when they were under the cosh. He took his opening goal very well, showed great skill and determination to beat two players with a clever feint, before a composed finish through the legs of the keeper.
He also got into some dangerous positions, which was key for his second goal of the night. He read the idea of the short corner and then showed great awareness to get onto the end of Bale’s delivery before heading home. He also played his part in Madrid’s fourth of the night, which saw Bale volley home from the Frenchman’s flick-on.
WORST PLAYER –
Next up, Madrid travel to 11th-placed Celta de Vigo, hoping to extend their run of victories to four matches.