Bale’s fastest goal and Kovacic late strike salvage point for Real Madrid

Gareth Bale taking on two Warsaw defenders

Real Madrid could not bolster a win despite thumping Legia Warsaw 5-1 at the Benabau last match day and can only draw 3-3 against the same side in the Champions League on Wednesday, surrendering a two-goal lead secured by Gareth Bale’s opening-minute super strike.

The former Tottenham striker had got on to the score sheet in the 57th second with Madrid’s fastest goal in the Champions League, netting a goal of the season contender from a volley. The winger then turned provider for Karim Benzema to double the visitors lead, but Legia – playing in an empty stadium – came back strongly in the second half to peg Zinedine Zidane’s men back before taking their own lead.

Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe halved the deficit with a wonder strike of his own before the break as Miroslav Radovic equalised on the hour mark, leaving Thibault Moulin to celebrate what he must have thought was Legia’s winner in the 83rd minute. But it was not to be, as Mateo Kovacic equalised 2 minutes later to ensure a thrilling encounter with the spoils shared.

The draw means Madrid are now two points behind Group F leaders Borussia Dortmund and five ahead of Sporting CP. Meanwhile, Legia can no longer progress, but still harbour hope of a Europa League place.

Meanwhile the other games between Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon ended 1-0, that of Leicester City ended in goalless draw, while that of Tottenham vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen ended 0-1. The game between Juventus vs Olympique Lyonas also ended 1-1 draw also with Higuain netting The Old Ladys’ lone goal.

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