Champions League - Group G
Real Madrid2Viktoria Plzen1

Real Madrid 2-1 Viktoria Plzen: Lopetegui's side unconvincing in Champions League win

Julen Lopetegui
Julen Lopetegui agreed to become Real Madrid's coach in the summer - he was sacked by Spain two days before the World Cup because he failed to discuss his plans with the FA

Real Madrid beat Group G rivals Viktoria Plzen, but it was another unconvincing display by the European champions, whose coach Julen Lopetegui reportedly faces losing his job.

The Spanish giants came into the game on the back of four defeats in five games in all competitions.

Karim Benzema's header gave Real the lead in the 11th minute - his 57th goal in the Champions League.

Marcelo dinked home a second before Patrik Hrosovsky drove in for Plzen.

Asked afterwards whether he would be in charge for the weekend's El Clasico at Barcelona, the Real coach said: "This question is not for me. We are thinking about preparing for Sunday's game which is very important, and we will go with great ambition."

Real were close to scoring early in the match when veteran defender Sergio Ramos nodded over and then against the post.

Benzema, however, hit the target with his header as he converted Lucas Vazquez's chip to the far post.

Brazil full-back Marcelo then doubled Real's advantage with a chipped finish in the 55th minute after Gareth Bale's delicate pass had sent him clear.

Czech side Plzen impressed at the Bernabeu. Milan Petrzela had a shot blocked by the thigh of Keylor Navas and then fired over from close range, while David Limbersky chipped wide.

They eventually scored 11 minutes from time when Hrosovsky fired into Navas' left-hand corner.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 17Vázquez
  • 6Nacho
  • 4RamosBooked at 90mins
  • 12MarceloSubstituted forat 90'minutes
  • 10Modric
  • 14Casemiro
  • 8KroosBooked at 59mins
  • 11BaleSubstituted forAsensioat 75'minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forMarianoat 88'minutes
  • 22IscoBooked at 32minsSubstituted forValverdeat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Varane
  • 7Mariano
  • 15Valverde
  • 19Odriozola
  • 20Asensio
  • 25Courtois
  • 28Paixão de Oliveira Júnior

Viktoria Plzen

  • 16Hruska
  • 14Reznik
  • 2Hejda
  • 4Hubnik
  • 8LimberskyBooked at 27mins
  • 6ProchazkaSubstituted forHoravaat 65'minutes
  • 17Hrosovsky
  • 24HavelSubstituted forEkpaiat 76'minutes
  • 25Cermák
  • 11PetrzelaSubstituted forReznicekat 86'minutes
  • 15Krmencik

Substitutes

  • 1Kozácik
  • 7Horava
  • 18Chory
  • 20Bucha
  • 37Reznicek
  • 44Pernica
  • 90Ekpai
Referee:
Orel Grinfeld
Attendance:
67,356

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamViktoria Plzen
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home19
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home12
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 2, Viktoria Plzen 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 2, Viktoria Plzen 1.

Booking

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

Jakub Reznicek (Viktoria Plzen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Radim Reznik (Viktoria Plzen).

Attempt missed. Michal Krmencik (Viktoria Plzen) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tomas Horava.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Marcelo went off injured after Real Madrid had used all subs.

Delay in match Marcelo (Real Madrid) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Mariano replaces Karim Benzema.

Substitution

Substitution, Viktoria Plzen. Jakub Reznicek replaces Milan Petrzela.

Corner, Viktoria Plzen. Conceded by Nacho.

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tomas Horava (Viktoria Plzen).

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 2, Viktoria Plzen 1. Patrik Hrosovsky (Viktoria Plzen) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ales Cermák.

Attempt missed. Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marco Asensio with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Viktoria Plzen. Ubong Ekpai replaces Milan Havel.

Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Marco Asensio replaces Gareth Bale.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Radim Reznik.

Attempt blocked. Tomas Horava (Viktoria Plzen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Limbersky.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Radim Reznik.

Offside, Real Madrid. Gareth Bale tries a through ball, but Luka Modric is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nacho.

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ales Cermák (Viktoria Plzen).

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Milan Petrzela.

Substitution

Substitution, Viktoria Plzen. Tomas Horava replaces Roman Prochazka.

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Roman Hubnik.

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

Radim Reznik (Viktoria Plzen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez.

Booking

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Toni Kroos (Real Madrid).

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund22004046
2Atl Madrid22005236
3Club Brugge200214-30
4Monaco200215-40

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona22008266
2Inter Milan22004226
3Tottenham200236-30
4PSV Eindhoven200216-50

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli21101014
2Liverpool21013303
3PSG21018443
4Red Star Belgrade201116-51

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto21102114
2Schalke21102114
3Galatasaray21013123
4Lokomotiv Moscow200204-40

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ajax32105147
2Bayern Munich32105147
3Benfica310235-23
4AEK Athens300328-60

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City32016336
2Lyon31207615
3Hoffenheim302167-12
4Shakhtar Donetsk302147-32

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid32015236
2Roma32018356
3CSKA Moscow311135-24
4Viktoria Plzen301239-61

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus33006069
2Man Utd31113124
3Valencia302113-22
4Young Boys301217-61
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