Legia Warsaw 3-3 Real Madrid: Kovacic spares Los Blancos’ blushes after Bale stunner


Real Madrid suffered an embarrassing night in an empty stadium, spurning a two-goal lead in a thrilling 3-3 draw as Legia Warsaw picked up their first Champions League point in more than two decades.

A stunning volley from Gareth Bale after just 57 seconds couldn’t have handed Madrid a better start, and a comfortable night seemed on the cards when Bale teed up Karim Benzema to slot home a second 10 minutes before half-time.

However, Real’s leaky defence was again breached in stunning fashion when Vadis Odjidja blasted into the top corner five minutes later.

Legia were forced to play behind closed doors due to the violence that marred their clash with Borussia Dortmund in September, and the barred Polish hordes missed a famous night as Miroslav Radovic’s low shot escaped Keylor Navas for the equaliser.

Thibault Moulin sealed a stunning turnaround with a third effort from outside the box that clipped the post on its way past Navas.

However, Legia were denied a stunning victory when Mateo Kovacic swept home five minutes from time.

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