Cristiano Ronaldo reacted brilliantly to Gareth Bale's injury vs Sporting

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Real Madrid ran out 2-1 winners over Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Tuesday night thanks to Karim Benzema's 87th-minute winner.

Raphael Varane broke the deadlock with 29 minutes played but Adrien Silva threatened to spoil Cristiano Ronaldo's homecoming with a penalty 10 minutes from time.

But up stepped Benzema with a brilliant header to secure all three points and keep pace with group leaders Borussia Dortmund, who beat Legia Warsaw 8-4 at the Westfalenstadion.

However, while victory was the most important thing in Lisbon, Gareth Bale's ankle injury in the second half will concern manager Zinedine Zidane.

The Frenchman provided an update on his untimely injury in a post-match press conference.

"Gareth Bale suffered more of an ankle twist than a knock, but we will have to wait and see what the problem is," he said, per Sky Sports.

"Tomorrow (Wednesday), he will be examined by our medical staff and after that we will find out more."

It wasn't just Zidane who was concerned by Bale's injury, though. Upon the Welshman's tumble, Ronaldo ran half way across the pitch to ask how he was and then to Real's manager on the touchline to provide an update (see below).

It was a captain's-like response from the Portuguese superstar, who has shown signs of leadership at Los Blancos in recent times.


Indeed, during Saturday's 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid, Ronaldo won a penalty in the second half and asked if Bale wanted to take it. The Wales international said no and Ronaldo duly dispatched, later scoring a hat-trick.

At 31-years-old, the Portugal international is now regarded as a senior figure at the Bernabeu and must lead by example.

And showing such concern when a teammate goes down injured constitutes being a leader, especially so when it's Bale, who is tipped to succeed Ronaldo as Real's star man.

There's a good feeling about Los Blancos at the moment, with Zidane delighted by the fact his men extended their unbeaten run to 30 games in all competitions against Sporting.

"What we want to do is to continue doing what we are doing, knowing that there are moments during the game where things are not going for us," he added.

"To have gone so many games without losing is an extra motivation and we want to keep moving forward knowing that when you win matches, you go out more motivated next time.

"We had our difficult moments in the game but that is normal. In the previous game against us Sporting played with the same intensity and they didn't drop their heads after going behind.

"But we managed to score a wonderful second goal through Karim Benzema.

"It was important that we won here; we achieved what we came to get. We are going to play a final against Dortmund now."

Victory over Dortmund would see Real progress into the last 16 top of the table.

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James Rodriguez
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