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Legia surprise Madrid in six-goal thriller

Published: Wednesday 2 November 2016, 22.30CET
Group F stragglers Legia Warszawa came from two down to the verge of a famous victory, before a late Real Madrid equaliser forced them to settle for a 3-3 draw.
by Joe Walker & Piotr Koźmiński
Legia surprise Madrid in six-goal thriller
Legia players celebrate ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

LegiaReal Madrid

Goals scored3
 
3
Possession (%)45
 
55
Total attempts10
 
28
on target4
 
11
off target5
 
10
blocked1
 
7
against woodwork0
1
Corners2
 
7
Offsides3
 
1
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
16
Fouls suffered14
 
6
Passes520
 
690
completed452
 
622

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 20/11/2017 15:48 CET
 
Published: Wednesday 2 November 2016, 22.30CET

Legia surprise Madrid in six-goal thriller

Group F stragglers Legia Warszawa came from two down to the verge of a famous victory, before a late Real Madrid equaliser forced them to settle for a 3-3 draw.

Legia Warszawa and Real Madrid played out a six-goal thriller as the spoils were shared in their UEFA Champions League Group F encounter.

Gareth Bale's stunning effort in the first minute got the ball rolling before Karim Benzema doubled the visitors' lead. However, Vadis Odjidja halved the deficit with a wonderful solo goal of his own just before the break as the home side finished the half the stronger.

Miroslav Radović improbably drew the Polish champions level in the second half, with Thibault Moulin then ensuring they were in dreamland with a wonderful finish seven minutes from the end. But Mateo Kovačić quickly restored parity and Lucas Vázquez hit the bar in stoppage time as, ultimately, Legia clung on for a famous point.

Key player: Gareth Bale (Madrid)
The No11 signed a new deal on Monday and celebrated it in the best way possible. His sensational strike before the first minute had elapsed got the ball rolling for his team, and it was the Welshman's run and unselfish pass that teed up Benzema for Madrid's second. Later on, with the European champions pegged back, Bale became the driving force going forward.

Zidane gamble backfires
Setting up with a lesser-seen 4-2-4 system, Madrid's tactics were all-out attack and given they raced into a 2-0 lead, that appeared to be paying dividends. However, the problem with pushing up is that the defence is left exposed and it was a problem that was only exacerbated by their lack of numbers in midfield. In the end Madrid needed a late show to avoid an upset and it was no more than Legia deserved.

Legia's Odjidja comes good
Legia's big plus in recent weeks has been Odjidja. The 27-year-old former Belgian international midfielder, who joined from Norwich in the summer, provoked some specticism with his performances at the beginning of the season. But step by step he has rediscovered his form and tonight he did really well, scoring perhaps the best goal of his career. Curiously he had produced a very similar individual effort in the Polish Ekstraklasa a short while back, only on that occasion he hit the crossbar. So this one was worth the wait. Fancy getting a goal like that against Madrid.

Reporters' views

Piotr Koźmiński, Legia (@UEFAcomPiotrK)
Legia were hammered 6-0 here by Borussia Dortmund on matchday one, and some pessimists were afraid the same would happen against Madrid. However, there is clearly a big difference between the Legia of mid-September and this current version. Since changing coach, replacing Besnik Hasi with Jacek Magiera, they have gradually improved. That said, virtually nobody in Poland, including Legia's own fans, expected such a good display. The ensuing draw offers yet more proof that the Warsaw club are going into the right direction.

Joe Walker, Madrid (@UEFAcomJoeW)
Like in the meeting between these sides at the Bernabéu two weeks ago, Legia had a game plan to hit Madrid on the counter and this time round it worked to perfection. Odjidja danced around the Blancos back line far too easily, while Radović had too much space to level from the edge of the box. When Moulin subsequently scored, you feared the worst but in the end Madrid's fighting spirit saw them battle back for a point. Work to be done for Zidane, then, especially at the back.

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Last updated: 21/11/16 12.51CET

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Lineups

legia

Legia

real madrid

Real Madrid

1
MalarzArkadiusz Malarz (GK)
1
NavasKeylor Navas (GK)
2
PazdanMichał Pazdan
2
CarvajalDani Carvajal
6
GuilhermeGuilherme
5
VaraneRaphaël Varane
8
OdjidjaVadis Odjidja
Goal40
Substitution86
6
NachoNacho
11
NikolićNemanja Nikolić
Substitution69
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo (C)
14
HloušekAdam Hloušek
8
KroosToni Kroos
15
KopczyńskiMichał Kopczyński
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Goal35
Substitution65
19
BereszyńskiBartosz Bereszyński
11
BaleGareth Bale
Goal1
25
RzeźniczakJakub Rzeźniczak (C)
15
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
Substitution77
32
RadovićMiroslav Radović
Goal58
Substitution77
16
KovačićMateo Kovačić
Goal85
75
MoulinThibault Moulin
Goal83
21
MorataÁlvaro Morata
Substitution85

Substitutes

33
CierzniakRadosław Cierzniak (GK)
13
CasillaKiko Casilla (GK)
3
JodłowiecTomasz Jodłowiec
Substitution86
17
Lucas VázquezLucas Vázquez
Substitution65
4
CzerwińskiJakub Czerwiński
18
DíazMariano Díaz
Substitution85
18
KucharczykMichał Kucharczyk
Substitution69
20
AsensioMarco Asensio
Substitution77
22
HämäläinenKasper Hämäläinen
22
IscoIsco
28
BroźŁukasz Broź
23
DaniloDanilo
99
PrijovicAleksandar Prijovic
Substitution77
27
A. TejeroÁlvaro Tejero

Coach

Jacek Magiera (POL) Zinédine Zidane (FRA)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Roman Slyško (SVK), Ivo Nadvornik (CZE)

Fourth official

Tomáš Mokrusch (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Petr Ardeleanu (CZE), Karel Hrubes (CZE)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution