REPORT | 02/11/2016 | Alberto Navarro (Varsovia)Bale, Benzema and Kovacic scored for the Whites, whose destiny remains in their own hands in the battle to finish top of the group.
- Champions League
- Matchday 4 (Group stage)
As the game wore on the Whites continued to dominate and they came close to doubling their advantage on 17'. Varane connected with a Kroos corner but Pazdan was on hand to clear off the line to deny the visitors a second. Two minutes later, Karim Benzema tried his luck again, but his effort from inside the area was smartly turned away by Malarz.
Benzema doubles the lead
Real Madrid continued to look a threat, particularly from set pieces. Kroos' 25th-minute corner was flicked on by Bale, only for firstly Benzema, and then Cristiano Ronaldo - with a back-heel - fail to turn the loose ball home. Increasingly it looked as if it would only be a question of time before Madrid doubled their advantage and the second goal came on 35 minutes when Kovacic picked out Bale with a through ball and the Welshman produced a fine piece of play to tee up Benzema, who stroked the ball home. Before the break, the Poles reduced the arrears courtesy of a thumping Odjidja strike on 40 minutes.
That strike lifted the hosts and they came out after the break with renewed energy to level proceedings through Radovic in the 58th minute. It was back to square one and the madridistas were dominant as Bale sent a high ball towards Benzema in the 63rd. He shot on the half turn, the ball struck Bereszynski and flew inches past the post.
The hosts turn the game on its head
The chances continued to flow for Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up to take a free-kick from the edge of the area on 68 minutes and forced Malarz into a fine diving save. As the clock kept ticking, Moulin completed the comeback for Legia Warszawa with a strike from the edge of the area after 83 minutes.
Real Madrid were still determined to have the final word though, and just three minutes later they levelled things up once more. A backheel pass from Carvajal teed up Kovacic, who guided the ball into the net from just outside the box. It was 3-3 and there were some moments of real tension still to come. In added time, Lucas Vázquez had the chance to hand victory to the madridistas but the bar came to the hosts’ rescue.