Sporting 1-2 Real Madrid: Benzema rescues win against 10-man hosts

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Karim Benzema came off the bench to give Real Madrid a 2-1 win over 10-man Sporting and keep their hopes of finishing top of Champions League Group F alive.

Madrid appeared condemned to second place when Adrien Silva's penalty cancelled out Raphael Varane's 29th-minute opener, despite Joao Pereira having already seen red for inexplicably punching Mateo Kovacic in the stomach.

Sporting managed to keep returning hero Cristiano Ronaldo quiet, as he failed to score in a match against one of his former sides for the first time in the Champions League, but they could not prevent Benzema from expertly heading home Sergio Ramos' curling free-kick five minutes from time.

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