Real Madrid 6-0 Galatasaray: Rodrygo hits hat-trick in Champions League rout

Ben Hayward
Evening Standard
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Rodrygo hit a hat-trick and Karim Benzema scored twice as Real Madrid thrashed Galatasaray 6-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night to take a big step towards the Champions League knockout stages.

Zinedine Zidane’s side travelled to Istanbul with just one point from their opening two games last month, but secured a hard-fought 1-0 win at the Turk Telekom Arena and took control of this one early on.

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Rodrygo, who had made his Champions League debut in that match, gave Real the lead after just four minutes as he chested down a Marcelo cross at the far post, cut back past Mario Lemina and beat Fernando Muslera with a low left-footed shot into the bottom corner.

Three minutes later, he scored a second and again, it was from a Marcelo pass. The left-back sent over a cross and Rodrygo rose to dispatch a powerful header past Muslera.

The game then stopped for a VAR check for a possible penalty after Toni Kroos had gone down under a challenge from Steven N’Zonzi on the edge of the area and after a long wait, the spot-kick was given.

Sergio Ramos stepped up to score it with a Panenka effort and Real were 3-0 ahead inside 15 minutes at the Bernabeu.

Rodrygo turned provider later on, stealing the ball back in Galatasaray’s half and crossing low to give Benzema a simple finish for his first Champions League goal of the season.

That was 4-0 moments before half-time and it was a case of damage limitation for the Turkish champions after the break.

But Madrid continued to attack and Benzema netted his second of the night with another easy finish from a Dani Carvajal cross with nine minutes left.

And Rodrygo was there to seal his hat-trick in added time as he poked home with the last kick of the game to earn an ovation from the Bernabeu as Real closed in on a place in the last 16.

Madrid now have seven points in Group A, leaving them five behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain, but five ahead of Club Brugge and six clear of Galatasaray with two fixtures remaining.

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