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(Video) Karim Benzema sends Real Madrid through to the Champions League knockout stage

Real Madrid are through to the knockout stage of the Champions League after defeating Sporting 2-1 in their group F clash this evening.

Raphael Varane gave the European champions the lead in the first half, firing home from close range after latching onto the loose ball.

It looked as though it would be an unhappy return to Lisbon for Cristiano Ronaldo after Adrien Silva levelled the scores from the spot with ten minutes to go.

Karim Benzema, however, had other ideas. His header proved to be the winning goal and booked his side’s place in the next round.

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