Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and a brace from Karim Benzema in the first half were enough for the defending champions to defeat Liverpool 3-0 and remain top of the group with nine points. The victory also made it seven European victories in a row for the visitors and eight-straight victories in all competitions.
Here are the major talking points from the game.
Benzema shows Balotelli how it’s done
Although we are just two months into the new season, it is already starting to look as if Brendan Rodgers’ patience is starting wear thin, with regards to Mario Balotelli. The Italian striker started against Real Madrid, but there was a sense that he was never going to end the game, particularly given the form that he has been. The Italian once again didn’t make the most of the opportunity presented to him and was promptly substituted at half time.
What makes matters worse is that on the other side of the pitch, Karim Benzema gave the perfect example of how to play as a lone striker. The Frenchman who hasn’t always been loved by the club’s supporters spearheaded the visitors attack with great aplomb. Whether it was being in the right place to score his two goals or tracking back and putting pressure on opposing attackers or linking up with midfielders, Benzema did it all and displayed bundles of energy right throughout the game. Even if Balotelli didn’t score, the fact he didn’t look like he was ever going to and his languid demeanour, coupled with his half-time shirt swapping antics mean that it might be a while before we see him again, especially if Daniel Sturridge is fit.
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