Rodrygo snatches Real chance

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Real Madrid's Rodrygo is making the most of his opportunities. Against Galatasaray, he bagged the quickest brace from the opening whistle (6:14) in tournament history and became the youngest Brazilian to ever score in the competition.

The hat-trick hero's efforts in the 6-0 win should help the teen vault an abundance of right-sided players on Zinedine Zidane's bench. Gareth Bale remains persona non grata, and Lucas Vazquez and the oft-injured James Rodriguez haven't exactly impressed.

In four starts in all competitions, Rodrygo has five goals and has scored once every 74 minutes. Vazquez has one goal in 364 minutes, and Rodriguez has the same total in 422 minutes. It's no coincidence that Real doubled their group-stage haul in a stellar first half galvanized by Rodrygo's influence. His ability to switch to the left like he did when Isco came on for Eden Hazard doesn't hurt either.

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