Real fight for dramatic draw at Gladbach

October 28, 2020 Sports
Casemiro scored a last-gasp equaliser as Real Madrid fought back from two goals right down to snatch a 2-2 draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Tuesday and steer clear of another straight loss in the Champions League.

Marcus Thuram's double put Gladbach on course for a famous victory, but Real roared back with late efforts from Karim Benzema and Casemiro -- 3 minutes into added time -- to salvage a point.

But Real remain in the bottom of Group B after their shock 3-2 home defeat by a depleted Shakhtar Donetsk side in last week's opener.
Shakhtar sit three points clear near the top of the early table after a goalless draw with Inter Milan in Tuesday's earlier Group B encounter.

Despite having a lot more than 60 percent possession, Real rarely troubled Gladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer before frantic final scenes.

Benzema had two early half-chances at Borussia Park, before Gladbach struck however you like soon after the half-hour mark.

A bad go by Germany star Toni Kroos put the Spanish giants under great pressure within their own half.

Gladbach midfielder Jonas Hofmann purchased the loose ball and fed Alassane Plea, whose pin-point low pass to Thuram was buried into the back of the web.

Real have now kept clean sheets in only two of their last 13 Champions League games.
Thuram, the son of French 1998 World Cup winner Lilian Thuram, pounced to score his second in the 58th minute.

When Plea's fierce shot was saved by Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, Thuram was readily available to tap home the rebound from close range and leave the 13-time European champions reeling.

It could have been 3-0 a few occasions later when Plea was denied when through on goal by Courtois.

Zidane threw on Luka Modric and Eden Hazard for the ultimate 20 minutes so that they can avoid a damaging defeat.

Hazard released Benzema, who hit the medial side netting as Real desperately hunted for a goal.

As time passes almost up, Casemiro headed the ball back into play from a deep cross and Benzema diverted the ball in from point-blank range.

With Real attacking in waves, Modric clipped a cross to the far post, Sergio Ramos leapt highest and Casemiro drove the ball into the roof of the web.