European Champions League

Real Madrid 2 – Viktoria Plzen 1

Madrid: Keylor Navas; Lucas Vázquez, Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Bale (Marco Asensio 75’), Benzema (Mariano 88’), Isco (Fede Valverde 54‘). 4-3-3.
Viktoria: Hruska; Reznik, Hejda, Hubnik, Limbersky; Hrosovsky, Prochazka (Horova 65’); Havel (Ekpai 76’), Cermak, Petrzela (Reznicek 86’); Krmencik. 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 11. Benzema. Far post header past Hruska from Lucas Vázquez centre.
2-0. 55. Marcelo. Lifted shot past keeper after Bale flicked on Valverde pass.
2-1. 79. Hrosovsky. Combined with Cermak to fire low shot wide of Navas.

Yellow cards: Limbersky 27’, Isco 32’, Kroos 59’, Sergio Ramos 94’.

Real Madrid clocked up their first win in six games after they beat Viktoria Plzen 2-1 on Tuesday night, although they struggled once again, and it still not clear whether Lopetegui will be in charge for next Sunday’s “clásico” in the Nou Camp. Ramos headed against the upright before Benzema headed the opener from a Lucas Vázquez cross in the twelfth minute. However the Czech side tested Keylor Navas a couple of time on breakaways, and although Marcelo made it two from Bale’s assist after the restart, a strike by Hrosovsky with ten minutes to go set up a nervous last few minutes for the home fans. Madrid are still joint top of their group however, together with Roma, who beat CSKA Moscow in the other group game.