Benzema Scores Landmark Goal as Madrid Thrash Czechs

Benzema Scores Landmark Goal as Madrid Thrash Czechs

Viktoria could not capitalise on the uncertainty in the Madrid ranks, though, coming closest to a breakthrough when Patrik Hrosovsky - on the scoresheet in the 2-1 loss at the Bernabeu a fortnight ago - sent in a powerful cross that hit Nacho Fernandez and came back off the crossbar.

Champions League - Follow the Football match between Viktoria Plzen and Real Madrid live with Eurosport. "Sometimes, (Petr) Cech played in the league and me in Europe". Solari was the coach of Madrid's B team, Castilla.

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.

In Santiago Solari's first Champions League match in charge of the club, the manager has to cater to the absences of Mariano Diaz, Marcelo, Jesus Vallejo, Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal, who miss out through injuries.

Solari made it clear that goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who was relegated to the bench on Wednesday, has all his respect and admiration despite being replaced by Thibaut Courtois. "Every game is different and you have to continue working with humility, sacrifice and ambition in front of goal and think about the next game".

"We are facing up with Solari as coach of Madrid", Casemiro said.

Four of Los Blancos' goals came in a 19-minute spell in the first half, having struggled up until that point, and Toni Kroos added a fifth after the restart.

FW Karim Benzema, 8 - The often maligned Frenchman's opener tonight was highest quality, driving into the box and then dummying three Plzen players before expertly finishing for his 200th goal for Madrid.

"If you win 5-0 there will be applause". It was a different rotation, not the championship for one and the Cup and the Champions League for the other.

FW Vinicius Junior, 7 - Solari again trusted the youngster ahead of more experienced options, and the 18 year old's mature run and pass gave Kroos the space to score his chip.