Benzema Scores Brace As Real Madrid Thrash Plzen 5-0
Karim Benzema scores a first-half brace as Real Madrid nets four first-half goals to cruise past Viktoria Plzen and go top of Champions League Group G.
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 following a pass from rising star Vinicius Junior, who came on as a second-half substitute.
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.