Benzema scores brace as Real Madrid thrash Viktoria Plzen

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Real coach Santiago Solari said afterwards: "We have done a lot of things well, but above all, the seriousness and the work, the desire to look for the goal".

The Spanish soccer giant will take on Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday in the Czech Republic in a UEFA Champions League Group C game, which pits the three-time defending champion against a minnow in European soccer's elite competition. We came into the game fully focused and it showed.

"We have seen handsome goals". CSKA have four points with Plzen on one.

Karim Benzema has been in fine form under his new boss, scoring three times in three outings, netting his 200th Champions League goal on Wednesday and adding his 201st for good measure.

Casemiro guided a simple second into the corner of the net after being left totally unmarked from a corner, before Benzema helped himself to another in nearly identical circumstances, this time once picked out by Gareth Bale's headed pass four yards out.

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"It was an important night for us", Casemiro said. I'm very proud of my goals, it's a big tally and that gives me the confidence to go on and score more.

"On other days we created chances like tonight but didn't take them".

Real Madrid signed Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea in the summer after the Belgium global had a sensational World Cup in Russian Federation with his national team.

What made the opening goal for Benzema in the 20th-minute special was not only the individual effort from the Frenchman to sneak his way past two Plzen defenders, but that it was his 200th goal with Los Blancos since joining way back in 2009.

Real Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal has hailed recently-sacked Los Blancos coach Julen Lopetegui as the best he has ever worked with. The Czech team tied CSKA Moscow on September 19, but then suffered a blowout loss to Roma on October 2, falling 5-0, before defeat at the Bernabeu.