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Madrid's Benzema leaves Auxerre rooted to the spot

Published: Wednesday 8 December 2010, 22.45CET
Real Madrid CF 4-0 AJ Auxerre
Karim Benzema struck his first hat-trick in nearly three years as Madrid rounded off Group G in style, consigning Auxerre to the foot of the table.
by Paul Bryan
from Santiago Bernabéu

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Goals scored4
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
4
Attempts off target6
 
10
Corners3
 
4
Offsides0
5
Fouls committed11
 
13
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Published: Wednesday 8 December 2010, 22.45CET

Madrid's Benzema leaves Auxerre rooted to the spot

Real Madrid CF 4-0 AJ Auxerre
Karim Benzema struck his first hat-trick in nearly three years as Madrid rounded off Group G in style, consigning Auxerre to the foot of the table.

Karim Benzema scored his first hat-trick in nearly three years as Real Madrid CF rounded off their UEFA Champions League Group G campaign unbeaten, a 4-0 win consigning AJ Auxerre to the foot of the section.

Already assured of top spot, stand-in Madrid coach Aitor Karanka insisted his side would take the game as seriously as any other and so it proved. Benzema headed the hosts ahead in the 12th minute and, following Cristiano Ronaldo's fourth UEFA Champions League goal of the season soon after the restart, the France striker resumed centre stage. He made the points safe before rounding off his hat-trick in some style just before the final whistle.

Ultimately the result made no difference to Auxerre as AFC Ajax's victory over AC Milan sealed third spot for the Dutch side. The visitors' hopes, though, looked slender from the moment Benzema broke the deadlock with Madrid's 300th UEFA Champions League goal. Ronaldo did the damage, his whipped cross from the left finding a swooping Benzema a metre out. It could have been worse had the Portuguese international found the net instead of nodding narrowly wide soon after.

Undeterred, Jean Fernandez's side stuck to their counterattacking plan and when the pacy Roy Contout won a free-kick on the right, Benoît Pedretti picked out Jean-Pascal Mignot whose downward header was deflected away by Jerzy Dudek. It was an eventful night for the stand-in goalkeeper who, before expertly tipping Dennis Oliech's low drive away from danger, injured his jaw in a collision with Contout. He was replaced by debutant Antonio Adán.

Injuries and suspensions had deprived the nine-time European Champion Clubs' Cup winners of several first-team regulars – not to mention coach José Mourinho – yet it was two familiar faces who combined to set up the side's second four minutes after the restart. Marcelo fed the onrushing Ronaldo who blasted past Olivier Sorin and, after Alain Traoré fired just wide, the news got worse for the visitors: Ajax were ahead at San Siro.

Benzema's second of the night extinguished all hope, the 22-year-old lashing past Sorin after being released by Lassana Diarra in the 72nd minute. He saved the best until last, however, intercepting the Auxerre goalkeeper's pass near the byline and dispatching a chip with an ease that belied the acute angle.

Last updated: 08/12/13 3.53CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

auxerre

Auxerre

25
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
Substitution45+4
1
SorinOlivier Sorin (GK)
2
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
4
GrichtingStéphane Grichting
6
M. DiarraMahamadou Diarra (C)
Yellow Card40
5
DudkaDariusz Dudka
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Goal49
Substitution72
6
CoulibalyAdama Coulibaly
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Goal12
Goal72
Goal88
7
ChafniKamel Chafni
10
L. DiarraLassana Diarra
9
BirsaValter Birsa
Substitution89
11
GraneroEsteban Granero
12
MignotJean-Pascal Mignot
Yellow Card34
12
MarceloMarcelo
Substitution76
14
OliechDennis Oliech
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
17
PedrettiBenoît Pedretti (C)
Substitution62
18
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
Yellow Card26
18
ContoutRoy Contout
Substitution72
21
Pedro LeónPedro León
27
TraoréAlain Traoré

Substitutes

13
AdánAntonio Adán (GK)
Substitution45+4
16
RiouRémy Riou (GK)
3
PepePepe
8
Le TallecAnthony Le Tallec
15
MateosDavid Mateos
11
QuerciaJulien Quercia
Substitution72
19
GarayEzequiel Garay
Substitution76
15
SammaritanoFrédéric Sammaritano
Substitution62
23
ÖzilMesut Özil
20
SidibeAmadou Sidibe
29
MorataÁlvaro Morata
21
LangilSteeven Langil
Substitution89
33
SarabiaPablo Sarabia
Substitution72
25
BourgeoisMaxime Bourgeois

Coach

Aitor Karanka (ESP) Jean Fernandez (FRA)

Referee

Serge Gumienny (BEL)

Assistant referees

Frank Bleyen (BEL), Danny Huens (BEL)

Fourth official

Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)

Additional assistant referees

Christof Virant (BEL), Peter Vervecken (BEL)

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