Champions League

Champions League Top Five, Matchday Four: Rodrygo and Benzema star for Madrid

Los Blancos were in scintillating form, defeating Galatasaray 6-0, while two Premier League players make the rankings.

 
11:31am on Thursday 7th November 2019
By
Martin Macdonald
Karim Benzema
S (C) - Real Madrid - 31 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
10
Nov 6, 2019

Real Madrid have had a mixed season so far, but one player who has constantly shone has been Benzema, and he was in superb form as Real Madrid destroyed Galatasaray 6-0 on Wednesday. Los Blancos were already 3-0 up when he scored his first - a close range finish after good work from Rodrygo, while his second was scored from a similar position after a cross from Dani Carvajal with nine minutes remaining. He also played a part in a special night for Rodrygo (see below) with an assist for the Brazilian late on. He made 31 passes into the final third, and had 11 touches inside the opposition box.

Rodrygo
W (LR) - Real Madrid - 18 yrs
90'
10
Nov 6, 2019

The 18-year-old is now a record-breaker following Real Madrid's match as he became the youngest player in the history of the tournament to score a hat-trick. Two of the goals came very early on via a flashed finish into the bottom left corner with his left foot before a glanced header from six yards. He then turned provider for Benzema after stealing possession from the defender on the wing before drilling a cross inside for his team-mate to tap home. Benzema then returned the favour in the dying minutes with a neat pass into the box for Rodrygo to stab home, ensuring his name was put in the history books.

Achraf Hakimi
D (LR) - Dortmund - 21 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
9.4
Nov 5, 2019

Up until the fixture against Inter on Tuesday, Hakimi was the only player who had actually scored for Dortmund in the Champions League this season, and added to his tally more afterwards after scoring two to help his side come back from two goals down. Despite being a full-back, he was regularly BVB's most advanced player and it was indeed from close range that he scored his first with a squeezed finish into the left corner. At 2-2, he then completed the miraculous comeback with a cracking finish under the goalkeeper to the right of goal. He had, as a defender, nine touches inside the Inter box, and made 27 passes into the final third.

Jorginho
M, DM (C) - Chelsea - 27 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
9.1
Nov 5, 2019

In a crazy match at Stamford Bridge which saw Chelsea draw 4-4 against nine-man Ajax, Jorginho was one of the only players to keep his composure among the chaos, comfortably dispatching two penalties kicks in his own uncoventional style, sending the keeper the wrong way on both occasions. As usual, his control of the ball was excellent, as he completed 57 out of 62 passes, while he made nine interceptions in midfield to halt potential Ajax counters. He won the majority of his tackles, too.

Son Heungmin
F (C), AM (L) - Tottenham - 27 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
75'
8.9
Nov 6, 2019

It has been a difficult week for Son after he was visibly upset following the horror injury to Andre Gomes against Everton on Sunday, but he got his head down and helped Tottenham to a comprehensive 4-0 victory away at Red Star by contributing two goals. Both came from relatively close range, but neither were easy finishes, as he lifted a left-footed strike into the top corner for the first and controlled a rasper of a cross with an emphatic strike at the back post for his second. As usual, his workrate was brilliant, as he won the majority of his duels and made five ball recoveries.

HONOURABLE MENTION

After being criticised recently by Carlo Ancelotti for not training hard enough, Lorenzo Insigne (8.8) made the most of his return to the starting XI in the Champions League in effervescent style, causing mayhem from that left wing. He recorded an assist with a pass through to Hirving Lozano to score, and completed more dribbles (11) than anyone else in this round of games.

ROUND TO FORGET

The aforementioned Chelsea game turned on its head afer the dismissals of Daley Blind and Joel Veltman (4.1), and although the latter could consider himself unlucky with his second yellow, he wasn't playing great up until that point. He won zero of his attempted tackles, lost the majority of his duels, and didn't win any aerial battles.

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