Real Madrid's Raphael Varane scores the opening goal during a Champions League, Group F soccer match between Sporting CP and Real Madrid at the Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Steven Governo)
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Karim Benzema's 87th minute header gave Real victory after they let 10-man Sporting back into the game following Joao Pereira's red card – the third time in five Champions League games this season a late goal has got them out of trouble.Real also beat Sporting 2-1 back in September with two late goals and drew 3-3 at Legia Warsaw with an 85th minute equalizer from Mateo Kovacic.The win stretches Real's unbeaten run in all competitions to 30 games, two short of a club record of 32 matches without defeat set by Leo Beenhakker's side in 1989 .If Real finish second, they would also avoid fellow Spanish sides Barcelona and Atletico Madrid and could be paired with the likes of Leicester City or Monaco.
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