UEFA Champions League Report: Real Madrid v Galatasaray 06 November

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale. EFE

The last time we saw Real Madrid in the Champions League, it put together a pretty complete performance against the same opponents itll face on Wednesday, and to do it in Turkey against a insane, hostile atmosphere.

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Goal! Marcello drifts in a flawless ball into the box and Rodrygo is in the right spot to head home!

The result left Zinedine Zidane's side second in Group A on four points, five behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain and just two ahead of Club Brugge.

It means Zinedine Zidane's side will likely be at the mercy of the draw when it comes to the last 16 but that is their punishment for a miserable opening defeat in Paris and an equally dispiriting draw at home to Brugge.

After scoring the fastest ever league goal by a Real debutant in September - a sumptuous control and finish after 94 seconds - he now has his name etched into the European record books too.

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His place in the starting XI has seen another Brazilian teenager drop out, with Vinicius not featuring at all in the Leganes win and only managing a substitute appearance against Betis at the weekend.

"We know that when we create chances, that is the most important thing". Rodrygo, who recorded four interceptions in the first win over Galatasaray, picked off a poor back-pass and sent in an instinctive low cross to Benzema, who tapped home Real's fourth.

With Real Madrid on the attack from the outset, the ball found its way to Marcelo on the left-hand side. The same has been reflected best in their Champions League campaign, with Los Blancos winning just one of their three games so far in Europe, although the success came in their most recent fixture. Real 3-0 up in 14 minutes.

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring the 5-0 lead against Galatasaray at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain.

Benzema, 31, became only the second player - after Barcelona's Lionel Messi - to achieve the feat when he turned in from Rodrygo on the verge of half-time.

Benzema then added a fifth late in the second half, leaving Rodrygo to complete his incredible treble in injury-time.

The Real Madrid boss was also relaxed over Bale's inclusion in the Wales squad for their upcoming European Qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Hungary later this month. Eden Hazard should start on the left in the Real Madrid lineup.

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