-- Real Madrid Blows 2-Goal Lead Since...AEK in 2002 --
The surprising result of Matchday 4 in the UEFA Champions League was Legia Warsaw’s 3-3 draw against Real Madrid, after the Spaniards took a 0-2 lead. Legia became the first team to comeback from a 2-goal deficit against Real Madrid in the Champions League since AEK did it in 2002!
It has been 14-years since Real Madrid gave up a 2-goal lead in the Champions League. The current European Champions were cruising to yet another victory in this year’s Champions League after going ahead 0-2 in today’s away fixture against Legia Warsaw. However, the hosts responded with 3 goals to go ahead 3-2, before a late goal from Kovacevic pulled Real Madrid level to earn a point from their 3-3 draw.
The last time Real Madrid gave up a 2-goal advantage in the Champions League was against AEK in 2002! Then, Real Madrid took a 2-0 lead with two goals from Steve McManaman in the first half before two goals for AEK through Kostas Katsouranis (75’) and Centeno (86’) shocked the home supporters at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. AEK held onto the 2-2 draw earning a historic result in Spain. That season, AEK drew all 6 of their group stage matches (including Real Madrid in Athens 3-3) to finish 3rd in the group.
AEK’s starting XI in that match consisted of: Chiotis, Zagorakis, Kostenoglou, Wright, Kapsis, Kasapis, Katsouranis, Georgatos (69’ Centeno), Lakis, Tsiartas (54’ Maladenis), Nikolaidis (54’ Ivic).
Real Madrid’s Starting XI: Casillas, Hierro, Helguera, R. Carlos, Cambiasso, Celades, Zidane, McManaman, Guti, Ronaldo, Salgado