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Champions League PIX: Real Madrid salvage draw in 3-3 thriller at Legia Warsaw

Last updated on: November 03, 2016 10:40 IST

Madrid players reacts after their Champions League  match against Legia Warsaw at Polish Army Stadium, Warsaw, Poland on Wednesday

IMAGE: Madrid players reacts after their Champions League match against Legia Warsaw at Polish Army Stadium, Warsaw, Poland on Wednesday. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Mateo Kovacic's late strike avoided embarrassment for Real Madrid as the European champions surrendered a two-goal lead before drawing 3-3 with Legia Warsaw in an enthralling Champions League game played amid an empty stadium on Wednesday.

Croatia midfielder Kovacic capped a fine individual display by rifling in the equaliser in the 85th minute after Legia had come from behind in the Group F encounter to take the lead in the 83rd through Thibault Moulin's powerful finish.

UEFA had ordered the game to be played behind closed doors after crowd trouble overshadowed Legia's opener against Dortmund, meaning only several hundred visiting Real supporters witnessed the thriller that featured an historic start.

Gareth Bale gave Real the lead in the Polish Army Stadium in just 57 seconds with a thunderous strike from outside the area to record the fastest-ever goal scored by Real in a Champions League match.

Karim Benzema doubled their advantage in the 35th, taking advantage of a Bale cutback to sidefoot home.

Yet Legia hit back with a brilliant piece of skill and finish from Vadis Odjidja five minutes before halftime, while Miroslav Radovic completed a shock comeback by the hosts with an arrowed toe poke into the bottom corner in the 58th.

Real are second in Group F on eight points, two behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, who qualified by beating Sporting Lisbon 1-0 on Wednesday.

Real travel to Sporting on November 22, where a point will also see them through. Legia are out but can still challenge Sporting for third place to reach the Europa League last 32 after taking their first point in the competition for 21 years.

Higuain hero and villain as Juve blow early lead

Juventus's Gonzalo Higuain controls the ball and runs past Olympique Lyonnais' Corentin Tolisso during their UEFA Champions League Group H match at Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy, on Wednesday

IMAGE: Juventus's Gonzalo Higuain controls the ball and runs past Olympique Lyonnais' Corentin Tolisso during their UEFA Champions League Group H match at Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy, on Wednesday. Photograph: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Gonzalo Higuain converted an early penalty for Juventus and then missed a sitter before Olympique Lyonnais hit back late in the game to grab a 1-1 draw in their Champions League match on Wednesday.

Corentin Tolisso's 85th-minute header, the first goal that the Italian champions have conceded in four games in Group H, kept alive the French side's slim hopes of reaching the last 16 and kept Juve waiting for at least one more game to book their spot.

Juventus are second with eight points, two behind leaders Sevilla, and should still progress, while Lyon have four.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri was angry with his team for trying to grab a late winner instead of settling for the draw.

"We ran too many risks towards the end and we could have undermined our whole campaign in the Champions League," he said.

"You go to war when there's a chance of winning; you don't go to war when there's a chance of losing."

Kampl goal gives Leverkusen victory at Tottenham

ayer Leverkusen players celebrate victory after the full time whistle during the UEFA Champions League Group E match against Tottenham at Wembley Stadium in London on Wednesday

IMAGE: Bayer Leverkusen players celebrate victory after the full time whistle during the UEFA Champions League Group E match against Tottenham at Wembley Stadium in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur stumbled at their adopted Wembley home again as Kevin Kampl's second-half goal gave Bayer Leverkusen a 1-0 victory that put the Bundesliga side on course for the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.

Slovenian international Kampl's close-range effort after 65 minutes gave Leverkusen a deserved victory - their first on English soil in 10 attempts - to move them above Tottenham into second place in Group E.

Tottenham, now without a win in six matches in all competitions, never settled and there was precious little for the majority of the record 85,512 crowd to get excited about.

Eric Dier came close to an equaliser when his free kick thumped against the crossbar with eight minutes left but Tottenham left the field to boos after a repeat of their opening 2-1 defeat by Monaco.

With two matches left, Monaco lead the group on eight points after beating CSKA Moscow 3-0. Leverkusen have six and Tottenham have it all to do with four.

"If we don't win in Monaco and then against CSKA it's goodbye to the Champions League," Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, whose side face north London rivals Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday, told reporters.

"Two games at Wembley we have been very poor."

Falcao on target as Monaco beat CSKA Moscow

AS Monaco's Radamel Falcao celebrates his goal against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday

IMAGE: AS Monaco's Radamel Falcao celebrates his goal against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph: AS Monaco/Twitter

Radamel Falcao netted a double to give Monaco a 3-0 win against CSKA Moscow as the principality side took a big step towards a last 16 spot in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Colombia striker struck his 41st and 42nd goals from 46 matches in UEFA club competitions in the first half after Valere Germain's opener to put the Ligue 1 team on eight points from four games.

Bayer Leverkusen are second in Group E after claiming a 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur, who are third on four points with CSKA in bottom place with two points.

CSKA next host Leverkusen while Monaco will take on Tottenham on November 22.

Leo Jardim's side got off to a confident start and Germain, collecting a poor clearance, dribbled past Igor Akinfeev and pushed the ball into the empty net in the 13th minute.

Falcao doubled the tally in the 29th minute by latching on to fullback Benjamin Mendy's cross from the left and beat the Russian keeper from close range.

The Colombian was at it again four minutes before the interval, stabbing the ball past Akinfeev after being picked out by Germain in the area.

Second-half substitute Guido Carrillo came close to adding a fourth two minutes from time but his strike hit the post.

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