Real Madrid 5-1 Legia Warsaw: Bale on target as Zidane’s men run riot
The Champions League holders strolled to the three points to ensure they remain unbeaten in the competition after three games
Real Madrid survived an early scare to comfortably see off Legia Warsaw 5-1 in the Champions League and extend their unbeaten run to 23 games across all competitions.
Madrid made hard work of the contest before Gareth Bale’s first Champions League goal since December 2014 opened the scoring, with Vadis Odidja-Ofoe previously hitting the post in one of several early chances.
A Tomasz Jodlowiec own-goal did not dishearten Legia either, as Miroslav Radovic won and scored a penalty to give them a deserved lifeline, but Marco Asensio’s first goal in the competition just before the break was a bitter blow.
The visitors struggled to impose themselves thereafter as Madrid became a more compact unit in the second half and they should have fallen even further behind just after the break – Karim Benzema spurning a good chance.
Second-half substitute Lucas Vazquez provided a powerful finish 22 minutes from the end to effectively make the points safe for Zinedine Zidane’s men.
Alvaro Morata applied further gloss to the scoreline late on with a coolly taken effort as Madrid took their tally to seven points from three Group F games.
Madrid unsurprisingly dominated possession during the opening exchanges and almost managed an early breakthrough eight minutes in – Gareth Bale scuffing wide from close range following a Ronaldo cross.