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martes, 18 de octubre de 2016

Real Madrid 5-1 Legia Warsaw: Gareth Bale nets the opener as five-star reigning champions swat aside Polish visitors


  • Welsh star Gareth Bale put Real Madrid in front before Marcelo doubled the lead just three minutes later
  • Legia Warsaw pulled one back when Miroslav Radovic converted a penalty having been felled by Danilo
  • Marco Asensio scored on his Champions League debut with Lucas Vazquez adding a fourth after the break
  • Alvaro Morato replaced Bale in the second half with the Spaniard adding a fifth goal in the final stages
Real Madrid put five past Legia Warsaw, to take a giant step towards qualification in Group F, all that was missing was a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo.
The competition's all-time leading scorer was frustrated by visiting keeper Arkadiusz Malarz but laid on two goals as Real took Legia apart with Gareth Bale scoring the all important opener.
No one expected much from Legia but they had two chances in the first 10 minutes. Tomasz Jodlowiec shot weakly after being gifted possession after a mistake by Toni Kroos in midfield and Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe hit a post. 
Gareth Bale put Real Madrid in front against Legia Warsaw after just 16 minutes of their Champions League Group F clash
Gareth Bale put Real Madrid in front against Legia Warsaw after just 16 minutes of their Champions League Group F clash
The Welshman celebrated in trademark fashion after notching his fourth goal of the season to dent the Polish side's hopes
The Welshman celebrated in trademark fashion after notching his fourth goal of the season to dent the Polish side's hopes
Real captain for the night, Marcelo, helped in the second goal although Tomasz Jodlowiec got the definitive final touch
Real captain for the night, Marcelo, helped in the second goal although Tomasz Jodlowiec got the definitive final touch
Real Madrid's Marco Asensio (left) celebrates with Brazilian defender Danilo after the former got the third goal
Real Madrid's Marco Asensio (left) celebrates with Brazilian defender Danilo after the former got the third goal
Lucas Vazquez came off the bench in the second half to make the scoreline more damaging for visitors Legia 
Alvaro Morata was another substitute to get his name on the scoresheet when he put in Real's fifth with six minutes left
Alvaro Morata was another substitute to get his name on the scoresheet when he put in Real's fifth with six minutes lef
MATCH FACTS, TABLE AND MATCH ZONE 
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Navas, Marcelo, Varane, Pepe, Danilo, Rodriguez (Vasquez 63), Asensio (Kovacic 79), Kroos, Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale (Morata 64).
Unused subs: Casilla, Carvajal, Nacho, Isco.
Goals: Bale 16, Jodlowiec (OG) 19, Asensio 37, Vazquez 68, Morata 84
Bookings: Ronaldo 
Legia Warsaw (4-2-3-1): Malarz, Bereszynski, Czerwinski, Rzezniczak, Hlousek, Jodlowiec, Moulin (Kopczynski 81), Guilherme (Qazaishvili 74, Odjidja-Ofoe, Kucharczyk, Radovic (Nikolic 74). 
Unused subs: Cierzniak, Dabrowski, Hamalainen, Broz.
Goals: Radović (pen) 22
Bookings: Radovic, Moulin 
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France) 
Although Real Madrid were slack at the back they knew they would score at the other end and it was not long before they took the lead.
Bale was given some shooting practice on minute 16 and found the back of the net with ease. Adam Hlousek committed the sin of letting the Welshman come inside on to his left foot and he found the far corner of Malarz's net.
It was two three minutes later when Real got a second. Marcelo fired Benzema's cross goalwards and it beat the keeper with some help from a deflection from Jodlowiec. Madrid looked like scoring every time they attacked but they were not defending as well as they were getting forward. 
Real midfield general Toni Kroos steals the ball away from Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe as Legia look to get forward early on
Real midfield general Toni Kroos steals the ball away from Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe as Legia look to get forward early on
Bale finds himself crowded out in the Legia box as he rises for a header with men in green swarming all around him
Bale finds himself crowded out in the Legia box as he rises for a header with men in green swarming all around him
Bale gave Real the lead in just the 16th minute when he cut in from the right and bent a shot inside the far post 
Bale gave Real the lead in just the 16th minute when he cut in from the right and bent a shot inside the far post 
Karim Benzema is only too happy to congratulate his Welsh team-mate after opening the scoring against the Polish side
Karim Benzema is only too happy to congratulate his Welsh team-mate after opening the scoring against the Polish side
Danilo brought down Miroslav Radovic and it was the Legia forward who sent Keylor Navas the wrong way from the spot to make it 2-1. 
In spite of their awful defending the holders were still able to pick the Polish side off with ease at the other end. 
Bale almost got himself in trouble when trying to dribble himself out of the right back position but Madrid were let off the hook. Bale recovered to start the move that led to the third goal. 
Cristiano Ronaldo shakes Marcelo's hand after the Brazilian's effort was deflected home to double Real's advantage
Cristiano Ronaldo shakes Marcelo's hand after the Brazilian's effort was deflected home to double Real's advantage
Serbian midfielder Miroslav Radovic was brought down in the box by Danilo and got up to score the spotkick himself 
Serbian midfielder Miroslav Radovic was brought down in the box by Danilo and got up to score the spotkick himself 
The Legia man points the way after beating Keylor Navas with his penalty to make the score 2-1 at the Bernabeu
The Legia man points the way after beating Keylor Navas with his penalty to make the score 2-1 at the Bernabeu
He released Danilo who, from an offside position, fed Ronaldo. The Portuguese laid the ball back to Marco Asensio to fire in his fourth goal of the season from the edge of the area.
At the start of the second half Thibault Moulin was booked for chopping down James Rodriguez. The referee had allowed the advantage but when Ronaldo was fouled too he blew the whistle only for Ronaldo to hit the wall with his free-kick.
The Champions League all-time top scorer' struggles continued in front of goal. He was booked midway through the second half for kicking Bartosz Bereszyński to add to that frustration. 
Ronaldo jinks past with Legia defender Bartosz Bereszynski during the first half of their Champions League group clash
Ronaldo jinks past with Legia defender Bartosz Bereszynski during the first half of their Champions League group clash
The Portuguese had a couple of chances from free-kicks but both failed to trouble Legia keeper Arkadiusz Malarz overly
The Portuguese had a couple of chances from free-kicks but both failed to trouble Legia keeper Arkadiusz Malarz overly
Ronaldo did play a big part in the third goal seven minutes before the break, playing the ball into young Asensio's path
Ronaldo did play a big part in the third goal seven minutes before the break, playing the ball into young Asensio's path
The 20-year-old Spaniard looks delighted as he takes the embraces of the man who set up his just his eighth Real Madrid goal
The 20-year-old Spaniard looks delighted as he takes the embraces of the man who set up his just his eighth Real Madrid goal
Bale puts Malarz under pressure as the Polish side's goalkeeper attempts to make a clearance whilst on the slide
Bale puts Malarz under pressure as the Polish side's goalkeeper attempts to make a clearance whilst on the slide
Zidane kept Ronaldo on the pitch but both Bale and James Rodriguez made way for Alvaro Morata and Lucas Vazquez and they combined for a spectacular fourth. Morata crossed from the left and on the volley Vazquez smashed the ball past Malarz.
Ronaldo sent another shot wide with ten minutes left but had a smile for Benzema who had played him in. 
The former Manchester United was not the third change either. Having made his mark in the first half, Asensio made way for Mateo Kovacic. The 20-year-old left to loud applause from the Bernabeu who know in the young midfielder they have a star on the Champions League stage for years to come.
Ronaldo turned provider for Morata to get the fifth with six minutes left as Real completed the rout. 
If Madrid win behind closed doors in Poland in two weeks time then they will have qualification sewn up with just the top of the group to contest with Borussia Dortmund. It is so far so good for the holders. 
Full-back Jakub Rzezniczak puts Asensio under pressure near the touchline as both benches watch on in the distance
Full-back Jakub Rzezniczak puts Asensio under pressure near the touchline as both benches watch on in the distance
Subsititute Vazquez celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal with fellow Real Madrid substitute Morata
Subsititute Vazquez celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal with fellow Real Madrid substitute Morata
Morata had a goal of his own with six minutes left on the clock as he made the most of Ronaldo's ball into his path
Morata had a goal of his own with six minutes left on the clock as he made the most of Ronaldo's ball into his path


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