Real Madrid beats Sporting Lisbon 2-1, will meet Brossia Dortmund next

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo jumps for a ball during the UEFA Champions League football match Sporting CP vs Real Madrid CF at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon on November 22, 2016. / AFP / FRANCISCO LEONG
Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo jumps for a ball during the UEFA Champions League football match Sporting CP vs Real Madrid CF at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon on November 22, 2016. / AFP / FRANCISCO LEONG

When the final whistle blew, Cristiano Ronaldo let out a heavy sigh, bowed his head and began to shake hands with his Sporting Lisbon opponents.

Not that his Real Madrid team had lost. Karim Benzema’s glancing header six minutes from full-time had secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory for the European champions to ensure that the final Group F game against Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu next month will still offer Real the chance to progress as group winners.

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