Real Madrid's two strikers Karim Benzema & Gonzalo Higuain celebrate after Benzema scores his second goal of the night assisted by Higauin
Real Madrid faced their Matchday 1 pair, Dinamo Zagreb, at the prestigious and very wet, Santiago Bernabeu winning 6-2.
Sending a strong message to all their future opponents, Los Galacticos broke the match wide open with a goal from Karim Benzema. The goal came 83 seconds after the kickoff, making it the fastest goal scored in ALL of Real Madrid’s Champions League history. With Benzema’s goal, Real Madrid is the first club to reach 200 goals at home in Champions League.
But it didn’t stop there. In the 6th minute, Jose Callejon scored his first goal in the CL as well as receiving his first start in a Champions League match.
It took only 8 minutes for Real Madrid to be up 3-nil when Gonzalo Higuain, or Pipita, scored a beautiful goal that landed in the top right of the net.
With 3 goals scored in 8 minutes, a fourth goal was stemmed from Mesut Ozil after a brilliant pass from Pipita in the 20th minute, making it them the first club to score 4 goals in the first 20 minutes of Champions League history.
It was around the the halfway point, where Dinamo Zagreb looked to give up. Too be honest, I was starting to feel for the Zagreb supporters that traveled all the way to Madrid to see their club get defeated so badly.
Jose Mourinho, Real Madrid manager, made three subs in the beginning of the second half. Due to rotations, we would get the opportunity to see our bench get some play time. Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso and Mesut Ozil were subbed out for Hamit Altintop, Raul Albiol and El Pirata, Esteban Granero (who I was super excited to see!)
With the last 45′ left to be played, Dinamo started to show up by standing their ground on the defense. But it wasn’t enough for Karim Benzema who took a pass from Gonzalo Higuain, putting the Madridistas up 5-nil. This is the first match of the 2011-2012 season that Jose Mourinho started both his strikers. Maybe it was to shut up the critics? Sorry, but it’s nearly impossible to pick one over the other. But after this match, it is possible to start both strikers and still get that classic Real Madrid result.
Jose Callejon also gave Madrid a brace scoring his side’s 6th and final goal of the match. The last two Real Madrid players to score a brace for the club in Champions League was Raul and Ruud five years ago.
Dinamo showed up late in the match when Beqiraj scored in the 81st minute only to be accompanied with yet another goal for Dinamo in the 90th minute by Tomecak giving Zagreb final score of 2 goals.
With the two goals by Dinamo, Real Madrid kissed their hopes of a clean sheet record goodbye. However, they still are undefeated in Champions League with the maximum points possible, qualifying as group leaders. Hello Knockout Stage!
Fun Fact: With this 6-2 win, Jose Mourinho and his club surpass rivals Pep Guardiola and Barcelona with a 12 match winning streak.
Men of the Match:
Jose Callejon and Karim Benzema
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Photos courtesy of @RMadridinfo & Real Madrid C.F.