Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Benzema scores landmark goal as Real Madrid rout Plzen

Benzema scores landmark goal as Real Madrid rout Plzen

The result keeps the Champions League winners in each of the last three seasons on course to make the last-16 of this year's competition, while Solari is now the first Madrid manager since the 1950s to win each of his first three games in charge, while keeping three clean sheets.

"I think we played a very nice game today, we scored wonderful goals", Solari told reporters.

The 42-year-old Argentinian dismissed questions about his possible future as Real's head coach. "I am only thinking of the next game".

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Benzema struck first on 21 minutes, weaving his way through the Plzen defence and beating goalkeeper Ales Hruska with a low shot.

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.

Things could have turned out much differently on the night as Real initially struggled in an unorthodox 4-3-3 formation that had Dani Ceballos - in for Luka Modric in one of two changes - fielded just behind Karim Benzema. CSKA are third with four points, while Plzen sit at the bottom and are out of contention to progress.

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Real Madrid now sit level with Roma at the top of their group and will look to continue their winning run with a La Liga clash against Celta Vigo on Sunday.

Real overcame an early scare when Nacho cleared a low cross against his own crossbar, while Plzen midfielder Roman Prochazka curled a shot just past Thibaut Courtois's goal.

The Czech team tied CSKA Moscow on September 19, but then suffered a blowout loss to Roma on October 2, falling 5-0, before defeat at the Bernabeu.

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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. Number 201 came from closer range, while the back-headed assist for Bale was not bad either.

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