Real Madrid came extremely close to what would have been the capitulation of the year as they drew 3-3 with Legia Warsaw.
Both sides met at the Polish Army Stadium in Warsaw for their Match Day 4 clash in the UEFA Champions League. The stadium was empty for the match, a punishment from UEFA for crowd trouble during Legia Warsaw’s home match against Borussia Dortmund.
Los Blancos seemed to have loved the absence of opposing home fans, as Gareth Bale scored the club’s fastest European goal ever. The Welshman thundered in a volley with 57 seconds on the clock, setting Madrid on course for what many believed would be an easy victory.
The away side continued to press, and soon their lead was doubled. Bale turned provider this time, sending a pass into the path of Karim Benzema, who finished with ease.
Legia Warsaw began to pick themselves up soon after, and were able to half the lead before the interval. Valis Odjidja-Ofoe made a smart run into the box before beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas will a well-placed finish.
Real Madrid continued to miss chances after the restart, and Legia were suddenly back in it after Miroslav Radovic pulled them level in the 60th minute. The defending champions struggled to retake the advantage, and it seemed it was going to be a historic night in Poland as Legia Warsaw took the lead with 7 minutes to go.
Thibault Moulin connected beautifully off a lay-off from Aleksandar Prijovic, and Real Madrid were staring down what would be the upset of the season. Zinedine Zidane’s men gathered themselves immediately, and two minutes later Mateo Kovacic secured a point for Madrid, scoring after receiving a pass for Dani Carvajal.
Real Madrid’s profligacy carried on until the very end, with Lucas Vasquez hitting the woodwork in added time. The Spanish giants are now second in Group F, two points of Borussia Dortmund, who beat Sporting CP 1-0.
Watch the game’s highlights below.