Five-goal Real turn on the style against Le­gia

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MADRID: Hold­ers Real Madrid edged to­wards the last 16 of the Cham­pi­ons League, but dis­tur­bances be­tween vis­it­ing Pol­ish ul­tras and the po­lice marred their 5-1 win at the San­ti­ago Bern­abeu yes­ter­day. Five fans and two po­lice of­fi­cers were treated for mi­nor in­juries after clashes out­side the sta­dium be­fore kick-off.

UEFA had al­ready or­dered the re­turn match be­tween the sides in two weeks’ time be played be­hind closed doors due to vi­o­lence and racist abuse in Le­gia’s open­ing 6-0 de­feat in Group F to Borus­sia Dortmund last month. Once the action got un­der­way, Madrid had way too much fire­power as Gareth Bale, a Tomasz Jod­lowiec own goal and Marco Asen­sio handed the hosts a com­fort­able half-time lead de­spite Miroslav Radovic’s penalty. Lu­cas Vazquez and Al­varo Mo­rata came off the bench to round off the scor­ing after the break.

Dortmund beat Sport­ing Lis­bon 2-1 in the other game in the group, mean­ing Madrid and the Ger­mans re­main tied at the top of the pool on seven points. Real and Dortmund will math­e­mat­i­cally seal their place in the last 16 should they re­peat their suc­cess over Le­gia and Sport­ing re­spec­tively on Novem­ber 2.

Le­gia had shipped eight goals with­out re­ply on their re­turn to the Cham­pi­ons League for the first time in 21 years be­fore ar­riv­ing in Madrid. Yet, the Pol­ish cham­pi­ons had a slew of chances to take a shock lead be­fore Madrid got go­ing.

Jod­lowiec fired meekly at Key­lor Navas be­fore Vadis Od­jidja-Ofoe hit the post.

Bale eased Real’s nerves when he cut in­side onto his favoured left foot and curled into the far post for his first Cham­pi­ons League goal since De­cem­ber 2014.

Marcelo’s ef­fort from the edge of the area de­flected off Jod­lowiec to leave Arka­diusz Malarz in the Le­gia goal flum­moxed four min­utes later. How­ever, the hordes of bareshirted vis­it­ing fans got the mo­ment of glory they came for when Danilo dived in to give away a penalty sec­onds later and Radovic con­verted from the spot.

The hosts re­stored their two-goal ad­van­tage be­fore the break as Cris­tiano Ron­aldo un­selfishly teed up Asen­sio to drive home on his Cham­pi­ons League de­but. In the midst of a seven-game run in 29 days, Madrid eased off after the break. And it needed the en­ergy of two sub­sti­tutes to keep the score­board tick­ing over as Mo­rata and Vazquez re­placed Bale and James Ro­driguez. Mo­rata’s cross was smashed home on the vol­ley by Vazquez for Madrid’s fourth. Ron­aldo en­dured a rare night with­out a goal in the Cham­pi­ons League, but still played his part with an­other fine pass for Mo­rata to slide home the fifth six min­utes from time. — AFP

MADRID: Le­gia’s Adam Hlousek fights for the ball next to Real Madrid’s head coach Zine­dine Zi­dane dur­ing a Cham­pi­ons League, Group F soc­cer match be­tween Real Madrid and Le­gia War­saw, at the San­ti­ago Bern­abeu sta­dium in Madrid, yes­ter­day — AP

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