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02.11.2016 » Legia Warsaw 3-3 Real Madrid. An inconvenient draw

Cristiano Ronaldo frustration in Poland

Who would have thought that Real Madrid was about to face so many difficulties in their trip to Warsaw? The Merengues couldn't get better than a 3-3 draw against Legia and are now in second place in Group F.

Well there's not much to say is there. What was supposed to be a relatively straightforward game turned into an absolute nightmare, as Real Madrid drew with Legia Warsaw in front of a couple hundred supporters 3-3. It was a truly embarrassing game all around. The lineup didn't make too much sense; the play on the pitch was lethargic and disjointed; and all things considered, Legia fully deserved a result. Cristiano Ronaldo again continued to struggle, with his finishing and just his overall play. He's been visibly frustrated all season long and when he tries too hard he tends to make bad decisions - that's what's happening here and it's what's been happening all season.

Cristiano Ronaldo game photos in Legia Warsaw vs Real Madrid
Legia Warsaw 3-3 Real Madrid
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Real Madrid did start well, fantastic in fact. It's harder to start any better than scoring in the first minute of the game. A flicked on header from Cristiano Ronaldo bounced to the feet of Gareth Bale and the Welshman rocketed a volley into the top corner of the net. A brilliant goal from the former Tottenham star and a brilliant start to the match.

Soon it would be 2-0. Mateo Kovacic, who has been perhaps Real Madrid's player of the season so far, played an excellent through ball to the previous goal scorer Gareth Bale and he then centered the ball to Karim Benzema for the Frenchman to slot it home.

But of course Real Madrid wouldn't put the game away. A fantastic strike by an unmarked Odidja put Legia behind by only one heading into the break. And that was the good news, the second half would bring more agony to Madrid fans. 

Ronaldo and Bale in Warsaw, after a 3-3 draw for the Champions League group stages

Thirteen minutes after the break and it was even. Despite the power put on the shot by Radovic Keylor, Navas was at fault allowing the ball to slip under his hands.

Then, with the match approaching its close, Legia took a shock lead. With half of Madrid's team up the pitch, the Polish side found acres of space and Thibault Moulin was able to put what seemed to be a match winner past Navas and off the post. 3-2 and the few hundred Legia fans allowed in the stadium were rapturous.

But Madrid never knows how to die, even when their performance on the pitch is lackluster. Piling forward near the end, Kovacic found himself free at the edge of the box and expertly placed his shot into the bottom right corner for 3-3. Late on substitute Lucas Vasquez would still hit the crossbar afterwards, but in the end, the match was wholly disappointing.

With only 8 points after 4 games, Real Madrid are still in with a shot to win the group, but that will require a far improved performances from a side that has struggled to put many of those together as of late...

Author: Terrance Ross

Real Madrid lineup vs Legia Warsaw in Poland

Real Madrid line-up vs Legia Warsaw:

Goalkeeper: Navas
Defenders: Coentrão, Varane, Nacho, Carvajal
Midfielders: Kroos, Kovacic
Attackers: Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Morata, Benzema.

Match stats provided by www.ronaldo7.net
Legia Warsaw
vs
Real Madrid
3
Goals
3
10
Shots
27
4
Shots on goal
11
2
Corner kicks
7
8
Fouls commited
15
0
Yellow cards
0
0
Red cards
0
41%
Ball possession
59%

Cristiano Ronaldo next game is a La Liga fixture for Real Madrid on November 6 of 2016, against Leganes. You can watch Real Madrid vs Leganes, Ajax vs celta de Vigo, Fenerbahce vs Manchester United, Southampton vs Inter Milan, and Austria Vienna vs AS Roma, all matches provided from our soccer live game pages.

Real Madrid next game:
Leganes vs Real Madrid
kick-off time (06-11-2016):

Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 19:00
Jakarta
(Indonesia)
| UTC/GMT+7: 18:00
India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+5.30: 16:30
Spain
(Madrid) | UTC/GMT+1: 12:00
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+0: 11:00
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-2: 09:00
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 07:00
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 04:00

Sources: ronaldo7.net / realmadrid.com / goal.com / bbc.com

Cristiano Ronaldo in action in Legia Warsaw vs Real Madrid in 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo running through two defenders in Legia 3-3 Real Madrid

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