Real Madrid turned in an unconvincing performance as they scraped past Czech outfit Viktoria Plzen with a 2-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday evening.
Karim Benzema opened the scoring after just 11 minutes when he headed home Lucas Vazquez’s dinked cross to settle the hosts’ nerves, but David Limbersky and Patrik Hrosovsky spurned chances to equalise before the half-time whistle.
Within 10 minutes of the restart, Marcelo had clipped an effort over Plzen ‘keeper Ales Hruska to double the home advantage, but Hrosovsky set up a tense finale when he pulled a goal back with 11 minutes to play.
The result sees Los Blancos retain Group G top spot, but the performance failed to ease any pressure on manager Julen Lopetegui, ahead of Sunday afternoon’s El Clasico meeting with Barcelona.
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