Mon Oct 24 16:02:22 CAT 2016

Real thrash Legia as ultras spoil for a fight

AFP, Reuters | 19 October, 2016 07:40
Tomasz Jodlowiec and Ukraine's Roman Zozulya in action in this file photo.

Real Madrid last night edged towards the last 16 of the Champions League but disturbances between visiting Polish ultras and the police marred their 5-1 win over Legia at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Five fans and two police officers were treated for minor injuries after clashes broke out outside the stadium before kick-off.

Once the action got under way, Madrid had way too much firepower as Gareth Bale, a Tomasz Jodlowiec own goal and Marco Asensio handed the hosts a half-time lead.

The Polish champions had a slew of chances to take a shock lead before Madrid got going and the hordes of bare-shirted visiting fans got their moment of glory when Danilo dived in to give away a penalty seconds later and Radovic converted.

The hosts restored their two-goal advantage before the break as Cristiano Ronaldo teed up Asensio to drive home on his Champions League debut. Morata's cross was smashed home on the volley by Vazquez for Madrid's fourth.

Ronaldo endured a rare night without a goal but played his part with a fine pass for Morata to slide home the fifth six minutes from time.

Leicester City are on the brink of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages after a 1-0 win over Copenhagen.

In another Champions League match, Bayer Leverkusen and Tottenham Hotspur fought out a goalless draw, with each team missing golden chances in an entertaining encounter at Bay Arena. The visitors were in control of the first half, hitting the woodwork through Vincent Janssen, while Leverkusen were in complete command after the break. 


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