Real Madrid vs Galatasaray: Los Blancos simply have to win

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. Real Madrid well in control here!

Galatasaray are winless in 15 UEFA Champions League matches on the road (D3 L12) since winning 3-2 at FC Schalke 04 in March 2013; it is their worst away winless run in the competition.

Real Madrid failed to capitalize on Barcelona's defeat against Levante, drawing 0-0 at home with Real Betis on Saturday.

Benzema scored a late double himself to secure a thumping 6-0 victory for Zinedine Zidane's side.

He was supposed to be introduced gradually to the senior team by playing first for Castilla, the club's B team, and there was confusion earlier this season when one weekend he turned out for neither.

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Marcelo made way for Ferland Mendy after the Brazilian subsequently encountered a knock four minutes to the break.

Los Blancos won 1-0 in Turkey in the reverse match last month, but Zinedine Zidane's side have only collected four points from their three Group A games, which has left them five points off Paris Saint-Germain.

"The important thing is that he was with the team before the match and at half-time to support them".

Twenty-seven shots were peppered towards the Istanbul club's goal in the first fixture between the two teams, but only Toni Kroos' shot went into the net. Rodrygo earned his first career Champions League appearance (and start) in that win over Galatasaray, showing his talent in that outing. Rodrygo provides the assist as Karim Benzema taps home! Real 3-0 up in 14 minutes.

As Real Madrid continued on the attack, Los Blancos were awarded a penalty with Galatasaray penalised for handball just inside the area - following a consultation with VAR.

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When club president Florentino Perez presented Rodrygo to the fans last summer, he said they had signed one of the world's "great prodigies", a year after Vinicius Junior had also arrived from Flamengo.

However, in the second minute of stoppage-time, Rodrygo converted Karim Benzema's pass to complete a flawless hat-trick by scoring a treble using his right foot, left foot and head.

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Two minutes later Rodrygo found himself in the right place to head Marcelo's cross past Fernando Muslera, the left-back serving up both strikes for his young compatriot as Madrid took a commanding lead.

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