Benzema brace helps Real Madrid thump Viktoria Plzen

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Dani Carvajal has won three Champions Leagues with Zinedine Zidane but says the best coach he's had is sacked Julen Lopetegui. "The players scored spectacular goals and were very serious", Solari said to Movistar following another dominant showing.

"When I go out on the field I don't just want to score goals", he said after the match. "The most important game is the next one and in the game at the weekend you have to focus all of our efforts".

Real Madrid can retain its top spot in the Group C standings with a victory, while Plzen will be eliminated with a loss and if AS Roma beats CSKA Moscow in the group's other game. CSKA have four points with Plzen on one.

Karim Benzema opened the scoring with his 200th club goal before Casemiro doubled the visitors' advantage.

Toni Kroos completed the scoring in the 67th minute when he cooly chipped over the keeper after a counter-attack involving Brazilian substitute Vinicius on his Champions League debut.

Bale scored five minutes before half-time, beating Hruska with a low left-footed shot at his far post following Benzema's flick-on header. Though landing major titles might be beyond the squad this season, they surely should be able to finish in the top four and make the knockout stages of the Champions League, creating a platform for the inevitable rebuilding that will take place in the summer.

Following the expected sacking of manager Julen Lopetegui, Solari has successfully guided Real Madrid to back-to-back wins in the last week. Los Blancos defeated Melilla 4-0 on the road in the first leg of their Copa del Rey tie on Wednesday and then followed that up with a 2-0 win against Real Valladolid on Saturday at the Bernabeu in La Liga action.

But any hopes Plzen harboured of a shock win were wiped out with two quickfire goals in the 21st and 23rd minutes.

The hosts were more lively after the break and managed a few shots on goal but could not find the quality they needed in the final third to chip away at Real's lead.