UEFA Champions League: Legia Warsaw 3-3 Real Madrid: 5 Talking Points
Madrid could not capitalise on their early lead and had to score late on to secure a draw.
Real Madrid scored their fastest Champions League goal of all time courtesy of a stunner from Gareth Bale with just 58 seconds on the clock. The early lead did not help Madrid take a foothold in the game, as they squandered a two-goal lead against Legia Warsaw.
Karim Benzema doubled the visitors' lead in the first half as Real completely dominated the opening 45 minutes of the game.
Vadis Odidja-Ofoe pulled one back for Warsaw five minutes from the half-time whistle and Miroslav Radovic equalised for the hosts with a toe-poked finish. Warsaw did the unthinkable as Thibault Moulin put them in front with a neat finish. Warsaw's lead was short-lived as the defending champions equalised through Mateo Kovacic, five minutes before full-time to spare the blushes for Real.
Let's take a look at the five talking points from the entertaining game between Legia Warsaw and Real Madrid:
#1 Gareth Bale ran the show for the Los Blancos
After signing a massive new contract on Monday which will see the Welshman earning £346,000 per week, Bale celebrated it in fine fashion with a goal and was Real's best attacker on the night.
Playing on the right wing, Bale started the game superbly by scoring a brilliant half volley to give the lead to Real after just 58 seconds. He was a constant threat from the right as Madrid dominated in the first half.
Bale also provided an assist for Karim Benzema who doubled Real's lead after a smart link up play between the two. Bale troubled Warsaw's keeper Arkadiusz Malarz regularly and should have doubled his lead in the second half but a fine save from Malarz stopped the Welshman.
If Mesut Ozil's goal was exemplary on Tuesday night, Bale's opener was a close contender to the German's goal.