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Madrid routs Galatasaray with 3 goals in opening 15 minutes

MADRID (AP) — It took less than 15 minutes for Real Madrid to erase fears of another Champions League setback at home.

With three goals in the first 14 minutes, Madrid cruised to a 6-0 win over Galatasaray on Wednesday, moving closer to the knockout stages and ending the Turkish team’s chances of advancing in the European competition.

Brazilian teenager Rodrygo twice in the opening seven minutes — the quickest double in Champions League history — and Sergio Ramos added the third from a penalty in the 14th. Karim Benzema added the fourth just before halftime and scored again late in the second half for his 50th Champions league goal.

Rodrygo closed the scoring in stoppage-time for his first hat trick with Madrid.

The result ended Madrid’s three-game winless streak at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in the Champions League, leaving the 13-time champion in good position in Group A after a winless start that had fans fearing the team’s first group-stage elimination since the 1989-90 season.


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