Madrid hum­bled by 3-3 draw at Le­gia

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

WAR­SAW, Poland (AP): REAL MADRID needed a late goal to sal­vage a hum­bling 3-3 draw at strug­gling Le­gia War­saw in the Cham­pi­ons League yes­ter­day.

Madrid looked set to romp to an­other big win af­ter Gareth Bale net­ted an amaz­ing opener from dis­tance in the first minute be­fore then set­ting up Karim Ben­zema to make it 2-0.

But Madrid’s slack de­fence – and over­con­fi­dence – let Le­gia rally back in stun­ning fash­ion to take the lead. Vadis Od­jidja and Miroslav Radovic struck from long range be­fore Thibault Moulin also scored from out­side the area in the 83rd.

Madrid were fac­ing a hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feat un­til mid­fielder Ma­teo Ko­vacic fired in from near the edge of the box in the 85th to at least res­cue a point.

Madrid sub­sti­tute Lucas Vazquez al­most turned the re­sult back around when he sent a shot off the cross­bar right be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle.

Though it was a mem­o­rable match for Le­gia’s play­ers, the home fans missed it com­pletely.

The game was played at a near-empty Wo­jska Pol­skiego Sta­dium as the club had been banned from sell­ing tick­ets by UEFA fol­low­ing racist be­hav­iour and the throw­ing of fire­works by sup­port­ers dur­ing a pre­vi­ous loss to Borus­sia Dort­mund.

“It was strange play­ing with­out spec­ta­tors, but it’s no ex­cuse. We are not happy with the re­sult,” Bale said. “We had con­trol of the game and lost con­cen­tra­tion and if you do this at this level you get pun­ished. We need to be bet­ter de­fen­sively and the chances we have we need to be more clin­i­cal. We can learn from this be stronger from it.”

In other games, Dort­mund beat Sport­ing 10, the same mar­gin of vic­tory for Porto over Club Brugge and Lev­erkusen over Tot­ten­ham. Sevilla slammed four unan­swered goals past Di­namo Za­greb, with Monaco brush­ing aside CSKA Moscow 3-0. Ju­ven­tus were held 1-1 at home by Lyon with Copen­hagen hold­ing Le­ices­ter to a 0-0 draw.

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