Reigning champions held by courageous Warsaw
A complete round up of all the Champions League action tonight...
Legia Warsaw 3-3 Real Madrid
Legia Warsaw produced a stunning comeback and almost went on to defeat Real Madrid as Kovačić's late goal spared the Spaniards of an embarrassing loss behind closed doors.
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Gareth Bale celebrated his new contract with an absolute worldie within 1 minute against Legia!🔥👏🏽 #UCL pic.twitter.com/n5SFhKCfc3— Football Feast (@FootieFeasts) November 2, 2016
It prompted a landslide first-half period where the reigning champions bombarded the minnows, as the chances continued to flood in before an inevitable second goal after 35 minutes. Kovačić's vision was on the ball as he sliced through the defence to hand possession to Bale, assisting Karim Benzema for the finish as Los Blancos were in full control.
Down but not out, Legia Warsaw had something to cling on to over the interval thanks to Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe. He picked up the ball outside the area and executed some dazzling footwork to get it on to his left boot, connecting with a shot that darted into the top corner.
Cristiano Ronaldo and most of his galactico teammates now seemed somewhat flustered by the task presented by them, and that eventually lead to a facepalm moment from keeper Navas who was beaten by a toe-poked effort from the left by Miroslav Radović. With that, the teams were tied at two apiece and the Polish contingent had their names well in the mix for a huge result.
The hosts could not believe their fortunes when, less than 10 minutes from the full-time whistle, Thibault Moulin rifled into goal from outside the box after a convenient lay-off by Prijovic. Zinedine Zidane was shellshocked as he observed from the touchline, and now Warsaw were prepared to pile the bodies behind the ball to take a historic victory.
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Mateo Kovacic's game by numbers vs. Legia:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 2, 2016
97% pass accuracy
2 chances created
1 late equaliser
To the rescue. pic.twitter.com/YUvNmCG8s6
Europa League juggernauts move on
Sevilla 4-0 Dinamo Zagreb
Sevilla officially withdrew themselves from winning a fourth Europa League title as they qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League with a statement of intent that they are ready to go further.
2014: 🏆— TheFootyMatrix ⚽ (@TSM_Football) November 2, 2016
Sevilla qualify for #UCL knockouts - so no more Europa League glory this time! https://t.co/TOP2UeJ9hl pic.twitter.com/Um0f9dWgKd
The Croatians appeared far more capable than they were in the first fixture, although they would soon be unravelled by Luciano Vietto's opening goal. From a tight angle he managed to creep his shot into the back of the net, and a second yellow for Stojanovič which gave him his marching orders really opened the floodgates for the second half.
After an array of chances, they finally created daylight through Escudero, who linked up neatly with Vitolo to knock it past the keeper and set up for a strong finish. N'Zonzi was eager to get on the scoresheets as well having hit the woodwork in the first period.
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Buffon finally beaten as Lyon deny Italian kings
Juventus 1-1 Lyon
Lyon denied Juventus of doing the double on them as Gianluigi Buffon was finally beaten by the French side in the final minutes by Tolisso.
It remained frantic as The Old Lady's attempt to seize full control of the game was thwarted, and sometimes at their own discretion after Mandžukić found Higuaín whose shot sailed over the bar in a chance that would eventually be rued.
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BVB hold on to progress to knockouts
Dortmund 1-0 Sporting Lisbon
Adrian Ramos headed Dortmund into the knockout stages of the tournament as the Germans held on to get their second straight win over the Portugese.
They wanted to wrap things up throughout the whole game, with an abundance of chances, but it was Ruiz who came closest in the second half with the header. A sigh of relief, rather than expectation would be the result as the full time whistle was greeted at the Westfalen Stadion.
Monaco 3-0 CSKA Moscow
Radamel Falcao netted a double to add to German's opener as three first-half goals from Monaco made for a comfortable hosting of CSKA Moscow.
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The Russians were looking outsized after half an hour of action, as Radamel Falcao headed Mendy's cross from the left, and then doubled his tally right before the half-time whistle by getting on to Germain's loose ball and bundling it in. It made for a comfortable second half for the hosts, who were propelled by their sensational captain.
41 goals in 46 matches in all European competitions for Falcao.— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) November 2, 2016
Best ratio of all players who have 30+ goals
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More Wembley misery as Spurs fall to Leverkusen
Tottenham 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Tottenham once again were off the beat at Wembley Stadium as their hopes were dumped into turmoil through a lone goal from Kampl handing Leverkusen the victory.
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As the Spurs fans began to head for Wembley Central underground station, Eric Dier almost tugged it back for the Londoners with a stunning free-kick that crashed off the bar. Boos would ring around at the full-time whistle, with Tottenham clearly struggling, but no clear reason as to why.
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Porto 1-0 Club Brugge
André Silva's first-half header seperated the Portugese side and Brugge at the Estádio do Dragão for a win at the stadium for the first time in 5 attempts, while also sending their opponents out of the tournament having been defeated in all their fixtures.
Copenhagen 0-0 Leicster
Leicester's perfect record was brought to an end in the only goalless game of the night, as Copenhagen held them to a draw in a rather lifeless 90 minutes. Schmeichel kept his clean sheet record with a last-minute save and also it meant that the English champions remain in control.
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