Champions League: Legia, Real in six-goal thriller
Real Madrid were made to wait to secure qualification into the knockout round of the Champions League after being held to a 3-3 draw at the home of Polish side Legia Warsaw on Wednesday night.
It took less than 60 seconds for Real Madrid to make the breakthrough and the goal came from Bale as the Welshman found the top corner with a stunning effort on the half-volley, which flew past Legia goalkeeper Arkadiusz Malarz.
Legia’s first effort of any note came in the 10th minute when Thibault Moulin struck one from outside the box, but the ball was always moving wide of Keylor Navas’s post during what was an end-to-end period of the match.
The visitors did have their second 10 minutes before the interval, however, when a wonderful passing move concluded with Bale poking the ball into Benzema, who expertly picked out the bottom corner to make it 2-0 late in the first period.
Legia hit back in spectacular fashion though as Vadis Odjidja worked some space outside the Real Madrid in the 40th minute before finding the top corner to give the home side something to cheer and keep the visitors honest ahead of the second 45 minutes of action.
Real Madrid started the second period on the front foot and had two opportunities to score a third in the 50th minute, but Bale was denied by Malarz, before Ronaldo hit the side-netting from a tight angle.
The home side incredible levelled the scores in the 58th minute when Radovic, who netted a penalty at the Bernabeu, raced away from the Real Madrid midfield before finding the bottom corner with a low strike.
A sensational block from Legia centre-back Pazdan frustrated Ronaldo once again 15 minutes from time, before both managers made changes ahead of what promised to be an enthralling final 10 minutes of action in Warsaw.
Indeed, that was what occurred as Legia took the lead in the 83rd minute with a brilliant strike from Moulin, but Real Madrid were level two minutes later when Kovacic swept the ball into the bottom corner after a clever back-heel from Carvajal.