Real Madrid takes on Legia War­saw

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The goals keep com­ing for Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, and they seem to be mak­ing Legia War­saw a bit ner­vous.

The Por­tu­gal for­ward scored five goals with his na­tional team dur­ing the break, and added an­other for Real Madrid in a Span­ish league win over Real Betis.

The de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons will next face Legia in the Cham­pi­ons League on Tues­day.

“Hey Cris­tiano, con­grat­u­la­tions on scor­ing an­other goal!” Legia wrote on Twit­ter last week. “Hope you’re now out of ammo for Legia next week.”

Ron­aldo is two goals shy of be­com­ing the first player to score 100 career goals in Euro­pean club com­pe­ti­tions.

GROUP E

The match be­tween Bayer Lev­erkusen and Tot­ten­ham brings striker Son He­ung-min back to the sta­dium that was his home from 2013-15, when the South Korean scored 29 goals in 87 ap­pear­ances for Lev­erkusen.

Son was the Premier League’s player of the month for Septem­ber and has four goals this season. He was nearly lured away by Wolfs­burg be­fore this season but has been ex­cel­lent in Eng­land in the ab­sence of in­jured striker Harry Kane.

The game is cru­cial for Lev­erkusen, which has only two points from two matches. The Ger­man side is un­beaten at home in Europe since No­vem­ber 2014, with four wins and four draws.

Tot­ten­ham has three points, one less than Monaco, which plays at CSKA Moscow. The Rus­sian side is last with one point and has a poor home record in the com­pe­ti­tion, with one win in its last nine home matches.

GROUP F

Real Madrid couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter op­po­nent to try to keep its mo­men­tum in the Cham­pi­ons League.

Af­ter beat­ing Real Betis 6-1 in the Span­ish league to end a run of four con­sec­u­tive draws, Madrid gets to face Legia War­saw, which is des­per­ately try­ing to turn its season around af­ter a chaotic start.

The two teams meet again in Poland in No­vem­ber.

“We will go into the game strong,” Madrid mid­fielder Fran­cisco “Isco” Alar­con said. “We know that these two games will have a big im­pact on our place at the top of our Cham­pi­ons League group.”

Legia, which on Fri­day lost for the eighth time in 13 games, has the se­cond-worst de­fence in the Cham­pi­ons League with eight goals con­ceded in two games. It lost 6-0 at home to Borus­sia Dort­mund in the Group F opener. The Pol­ish club has al­ready made a coach­ing change but it con­tin­ues to strug­gle.

Madrid, which has won eight straight at home in the Cham­pi­ons League, is try­ing to be­come the first team to win back-to­back ti­tles since the new tour­na­ment for­mat was cre­ated in 1992-93.

Borus­sia Dort­mund, which is tied with Madrid at the top of the group with four points, plays at Sport­ing Lis­bon, which is only one point be­hind the lead­ers.

GROUP G

With more losses af­ter eight matches than all of last season, Le­ices­ter is struggling to de­fend the Premier League ti­tle. The fo­cus seems to be on Europe, with even Riyad Mahrez on the bench in Sat­ur­day’s loss to Chelsea.

“Last season we were not in this world, we were out of this world,” Le­ices­ter man­ager Clau­dio Ranieri said. “And now we come back into the world and we have to re­act.”

That re­ac­tion is in the Cham­pi­ons League, where Le­ices­ter is mak­ing the most of its de­but. Af­ter win­ning their open­ing two matches, Le­ices­ter hosts FC Copen­hagen on Tues­day. The other Group G game is a meet­ing of the two win­less teams, with FC Porto host­ing Club Brugge.

GROUP H

Paulo Dy­bala is find­ing his form at the right time for Ju­ven­tus.

The Ar­gentina for­ward had a great de­but season at Ju­ven­tus but strug­gled at the start of the cur­rent cam­paign.

How­ever, af­ter breaking his drought in Za­greb, Dy­bala scored for the third straight match on Sat­ur­day, net­ting twice as Ju­ven­tus ral­lied to beat Udi­nese 2-1.

“We’ll keep go­ing without wor­ry­ing about what the other sides are do­ing,” Dy­bala said. “We’re think­ing only about our­selves.”

The Ital­ian side leads the group, above Sevilla on goal dif­fer­ence and one point above Lyon, the team’s next op­po­nent.

Sevilla vis­its Di­namo Za­greb, which has zero points and also failed to score in its open­ing two matches.

Photo: AP

Tot­ten­ham's man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino talks to the me­dia dur­ing a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day

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