5-1 cruise for Real Madrid


October 19, 2016
AP Gareth Bale celebrates scoring the opening goal during a Champions League, Group F match between Real Madrid and Legia Warsaw in Madrid yesterday.


Cristiano Ronaldo was kept waiting for his 100th career goal in European club competitions as Real Madrid swept to a 5-1 victory over Legia Warsaw in the Champions League yesterday.

Gareth Bale opened the scoring with his first goal in the Champions League since December 2014. An own-goal by Tomasz Jodlowiec, followed by further strikes from Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez and Alvaro Morata, then sealed an emphatic victory for the holders.

The win at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium allowed Madrid to keep pace in Group F with Borussia Dortmund, who held on for a 2-1 win at Sporting Lisbon. Madrid and Dortmund have seven points each after three matches, with Sporting staying on three points and Legia with zero.

Ronaldo remains two short of 100 career goals in Europe. He had scored six goals in his previous three matches, including five for Portugal in World Cup qualifying, but the forward failed to find the net yesterday despite a few good scoring chances.

"We always want Cristiano to score goals," Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. "But he did well and created a lot of chances."

Ronaldo's best opportunities came late, first with low shot that missed the far corner in the 83rd minute and then with a close-range strike that was saved in the 88th.

Other results: Bayer Leverkusen 0 Tottenham 0; Club Brugge KV 1 Porto 2;

CSKA Moscow 1 Monaco 1; Leicester 1 Copenhagen 0; Sporting 1 Dortmund 2.

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