Real Madrid hit the table on the Champions League after hitting Galatasaray (6-0) on the fourth day of the group stage thanks to a recital by Rodrygo Goes, the great protagonist of the game that clarifies the future of whites in their fetish competition, much closer to the round of 16 after the faltering start.
The night took a very short time to face the 13-time European champion. This was done by the young Rodrygo, who signed a authentic display in just 45 minutes. He scored two goals – three in the end – gave another to Benzema and generated the robbery that gave rise to a penalty. The daring Brazilian, at 18, has fallen standing in the capital of Spain.
The one in Sao Paulo has the star that Vinicius is missing, comparison in which he wins from the street, and he hardly needed a quarter of an hour – and three games in total – for the Bernabéu to chant his name. Four minutes later, he checked a Marcelo ball with his chest, cut an opponent with his right hand and put it on the long stick with his left foot.
A goal that had everything, better could not do it to put the fear in the body to the Turks. Three minutes later he used his head, a new resource, search of space and a precise shot hit the Galatasaray and they traced the script just one week ago before Leganés. All face and Castellana bouncing as long ago.
Even Hazard whispered in his ear 'leave me some' with a smile that emphasized Rodrygo's gift. The kid did not stop the fireworks there, continued with the pyrotechnics and at a quarter of an hour – a pressure in the area of the 'Galata' – ended at the foot of Kroos, who received a stomp of Nzonzi on the line of the area.
The referee did not indicate a penalty in the first instance, but the VAR review led to Madrid at eleven meters. The entire stadium asked Rodrygo, but it was Captain Ramos who left his seal. The Andalusian marked 'panenka' leaving the game seen for sentencing. The Turkish champion was a puppet in the hands of those of Zidane.
Everything worked, including a country center that has found a lot of gasoline on Fede Valverde's legs. The Uruguayan – who has made Pogba forget – relieved Modric and allowed a better circulation and even made Casemiro and Kroos better, the latter with more presence without so many kilometers; and the Brazilian in his line: from area to area as if playing futsal.
He actually marked the room with a header, but was invalidated for offside. The one that was not annulled was that of Benzema, a gift from Rodrygo after a new pressure in the opposite area, accompanied by a robbery and manual assistance. The Frenchman, who was going through a small drought – a goal in four games – only had to push the leather into the small area.
Benzema celebrates his goal. REUTERS
Only a header from Lemina made Courtois stretch in the second part, a final act in which Benzema scored the fifth almost by inertia after an excellent service of Carvajal hurrying the bottom line. The party was complete in Chamartín after Zidane moved some chips to think about Ipurua, once the Champions commitment was resolved.
His ninth goal this season, half a hundred in Europe, culminated another good match from Benzema, who found one of his best partners in Isco. The Malaga, who is still looking for a place in the eleven, had more than 20 minutes and left his mark in the final phase of the field, he was even about to kiss the nets with a header that stopped Muslera not without difficulties.
The one who did it again was an inspiring Rodrygo, who completed a perfect night for him and for a Real Madrid whose compass points to regularity, although in front had a rival of little substance. For now, this Wednesday, he ended three home games in the Champions League without a victory – an unprecedented fact – stepped forward and approached the round of 16. Now the fight focuses on the PSG and the first place in the group.
Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo (Mendy, min. 42); Kroos, Casemiro (Modric, min. 60), Valverde; Rodrygo, Benzema and Hazard (Isco, min. 68).
Galatasaray: Legband; Mariano, Luyindama, Marcao, Nagatomo (Buyuk, min. 88); Seri, Nzonzi (Bayram, min. 46), Lemina, Feghouli, Babel; and Andone (Donk, min. 46).
Goals: 1 – 0, min. 4, Rodrygo. 2 – 0, min. 7, Rodrygo. 3 – 0, min. 14, Ramos, of penalty. 4 – 0, min. 45, Benzema. 5 – 0, min. 81, Benzema. 6 – 0, min. 93, Rodrygo.
Referee: Felix Zwayer (ALE). He showed Nzonzi (min. 13) and Babel (min. 57) in the Galatasaray and Valverde (min. 42) in Real Madrid.
Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu. 65,492 spectators
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