In temporary coach Santiago Solari’s first CL game in charge, Real was out of sight before half-time after a clinical masterclass of finishing. With two games remaining in Group G, Real is joint top on nine points with AS Roma, which beat CSKA Moscow 2-1. CSKA has four points with Plzen on one.
Benzema opened the scoring in the 20th minute when he beat two defenders before slipping a shot through the legs of Plzen goalkeeper Ales Hruska to claim his 200th goal for Real. Casemiro doubled the lead three minutes later when the Brazilian outjumped his marker and headed home from a corner.
Benzema notched his second goal in the 37th minute with a redirected header assisted by Gareth Bale to give Real a 3-0 lead and Benzema returned the favour minutes later when he flicked on a cross for Bale to sweep home a volley. Toni Kroos completed the scoring in the 67th minute when he chipped the ball over the keeper after a counter-attack involving Brazilian substitute Vinicius on his CL debut.
Meanwhile, AS Roma put itself on the brink of a place in the knockout stage when Lorenzo Pellegrini’s first goal in the competition gave it a 2-1 win at 10-man CSKA Moscow.