Viktoria Plzen vs. Real Madrid - Football Match Report

Lynette Rowe
November 8, 2018

Karim Benzema's first-half brace propelled Real Madrid to a 5-0 thrashing of Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League on Wednesday (Nov 7), putting the holders one win from the last 16 after a third straight victory under Santiago Solari.

The Los Blancos side now have interim boss Santiago Solari in charge and appear to have revived their spirits, ending their win-less run in their 2-0 victory over Real Valladolid last weekend. "The players scored spectacular goals and were very serious", Solari said to Movistar following another dominant showing.

"If you win 5-0, of course there will be applause, today we have done what we had to do to win today, we will continue to work with sacrifice and aggression towards the goal".

It was a player with far more experience on the continental stage who added Real's fifth, with Kroos curling the ball into the top corner after being teed up by substitute forward Vinicius Junior.

The start of his tenure was certainly marred by controversy but it did not get much easier from there for the Spaniard as his side lost 4-2 to cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup. In football the most important is always the next game.

"I can just think about the next game", he said.

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"We've done a lot of things well [in his three matches], but above all I see the seriousness and the desire to score".

"When I go out on the field I don't just want to score goals", he said after the match.

One of the big calls Solari has made since taking over was to end a policy of rotating goalkeepers between La Liga and the Champions League, with Thibaut Courtois now starting both competitions and last year's first choice Keylor Navas now thought to be unhappy at being benched.

"It's a decision I've made".

Real Madrid signed Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea in the summer after the Belgium worldwide had a sensational World Cup in Russian Federation with his national team. "We live in permanent crisis all the time, even when we are winning the Champions League".

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