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Round-up: Bale on target as Real score five

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Gareth Bale scored his first Champions League goal since 2014 as holders Real Madrid comfortably beat Legia Warsaw.

Moments after Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe had struck the post for the visitors, Bale cut inside and found the bottom corner.

A Marcelo shot saw Tomasz Jodlowiec deflect in for an own goal but Miroslav Radovic pulled one back from the spot.

Marco Asensio smartly side-footed in from 18 yards, and after the break substitutes Lucas Vazquez and Alvaro Morata completed the scoring.

Cristiano Ronaldo was on target as Zinedine Zidane’s side won 6-1 at Real Betis on Saturday but he remains stuck on 98 goals in Europe despite having nine shots at the Bernabeu, finding the target twice.

Ahead of kick-off in Madrid, three Polish fans were arrested for incidents in the city. The reverse fixture on 2 November will be played behind closed doors after Legia were punished for racist behaviour in their 6-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund.

Zidane admitted he hoped to improve upon the number of chances his side gave the Polish champions and Danilo’s needless foul on Radovic for the penalty perhaps summed up some of Real’s slack defensive work.

But Los Blancos are now unbeaten in 24 competitive outings and move second in Group F, level on seven points with leaders Borussia Dortmund, who won 2-1 at Sporting Lisbon.

Akinfeev’s wait as Traore strikes

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CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev has now gone 40 Champions League matches without a clean sheet.

Akinfeev, who has 92 caps for Russia, thumped the ground in frustration when Monaco’s Bernardo Silva made it 1-1 with just three minutes remaining in their Group E match in Russia.

Lacina Traore, a Monaco player on loan at CSKA, had opened the scoring but the Russian side are now bottom of Group E and winless in seven Champions League matches.

Monaco lead the group on five points, one clear of Tottenham who drew 0-0 at Bayer Leverkusen.

Loan boys net winners

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Like Bale, Samir Nasri had not scored in the Champions League since 2014 but his calm near-post finish earned Sevilla a 1-0 win at Dinamo Zagreb.

The Frenchman is on loan from Manchester City and now has three goals this season, one more than he managed for his parent club in 2015-16.

Sevilla are on seven points, trailing Juventus on goal difference at the top of Group H after the Italian side secured a late 1-0 win in Lyon through Chelsea loanee Juan Cuadrado’s superb strike.

There was also late drama in Group G where Andre Silva’s injury-time penalty completed a comeback as Porto beat Club Brugge 2-1 to move third, five points behind leaders Leicester.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 23Danilo
  • 3Pepe
  • 5Varane
  • 12Marcelo
  • 20AsensioSubstituted forKovacicat 79′minutes
  • 8Kroos
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forVázquezat 63′minutes
  • 11BaleSubstituted forMorataat 64′minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 7RonaldoBooked at 63mins

Substitutes

  • 2Carvajal
  • 6Nacho
  • 13Casilla
  • 16Kovacic
  • 17Vázquez
  • 21Morata
  • 22Isco

Legia War

  • 1Malarz
  • 19Bereszynski
  • 4Czerwinski
  • 25Rzezniczak
  • 14Hlousek
  • 3Jodlowiec
  • 75MoulinBooked at 51minsSubstituted forKopczynskiat 81′minutes
  • 6Costa MarquesSubstituted forKazaishviliat 74′minutes
  • 8Odjidja-Ofoe
  • 18Kucharczyk
  • 32RadovicBooked at 62minsSubstituted forNikolicat 74′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Dabrowski
  • 9Kazaishvili
  • 11Nikolic
  • 15Kopczynski
  • 22Hamalainen
  • 28Broz
  • 33Cierzniak
Referee:
Ruddy Buquet
Attendance:
70,251

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamLegia War
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home31
Away13
Shots on Target
Home11
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 5, Legia Warsaw 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 5, Legia Warsaw 1.

Attempt saved. Nemanja Nikolic (Legia Warsaw) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe.

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcelo with a cross.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Bartosz Bereszynski.

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Adam Hlousek.

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Arkadiusz Malarz.

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic.

Attempt missed. Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (Legia Warsaw) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Michal Kucharczyk.

Corner, Legia Warsaw. Conceded by Keylor Navas.

Attempt saved. Nemanja Nikolic (Legia Warsaw) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 5, Legia Warsaw 1. Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Foul by Pepe (Real Madrid).

Michal Kopczynski (Legia Warsaw) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

Substitution

Substitution, Legia Warsaw. Michal Kopczynski replaces Thibault Moulin.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Mateo Kovacic replaces Marco Asensio.

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

Offside, Legia Warsaw. Thibault Moulin tries a through ball, but Adam Hlousek is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Nemanja Nikolic (Legia Warsaw) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Hlousek with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Legia Warsaw. Nemanja Nikolic replaces Miroslav Radovic.

Substitution

Substitution, Legia Warsaw. Valeri Kazaishvili replaces Guilherme.

Attempt saved. Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Jakub Czerwinski.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Bartosz Bereszynski.

Attempt missed. Adam Hlousek (Legia Warsaw) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Miroslav Radovic.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 4, Legia Warsaw 1. Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Álvaro Morata with a cross.

Foul by Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid).

Miroslav Radovic (Legia Warsaw) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Legia Warsaw. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Morata replaces Gareth Bale.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Lucas Vázquez replaces James Rodríguez.

Booking

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

Bartosz Bereszynski (Legia Warsaw) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Miroslav Radovic (Legia Warsaw) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Source: BBC Football Read Original Article: Round-up: Bale on target as Real score five

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