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UEFA Champions League : Sporting vs Real Madrid – Preview

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Sporting Club de Portugal are in desperate search for a win when they host Real Madrid for the matchday 5 clash on Tuesday, 22nd November 2016.

Sporting are third in Group F by virtue of a lone win against Legia Warsaw on matchday 2, while they lost in all their remaining three matches so far. There is a 5 point gap between them and Real on second place, which means anything less than a win here will eliminate them from the group stage. At the same time, a win here can only give them the slightest hopes as Real Madrid must not get a point from their final group game against Borussia Dortmund.

Real Madrid were given a big scare when they met Sporting on matchday 1 at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Portuguese side took a shock lead in the second half and look set for all three points until Ronaldo came to haunt his childhood club. An 89th minute free-kick goal from the Real Madrid ace levelled the scores before Alvaro Morata scored the winner with seconds left on the clock to complete a 2-1 win for the Los Blancos.

Sporting went on to defeat Legia Warsaw 2-0 at home before losing both home and away leg to Borussia Dortmund. While Real Madrid were held to a 2-2 draw by Dortmund, which was backed up by a brilliant 5-1 win at home against Legia. However their matchday 4 trip to Warsaw end in tatters as Legia came back from 2 goals down to earn a 3-3 draw.

Real Madrid are second in the group with 8 points from their 2 wins and 2 draws. A draw here will confirm their entry into the round of 16. Borussia Dortmund on the tip of the table have 10 points, they do will qualify with a draw or a Sporting defeat. Legia at the bottom of the table with 1 point are already eliminated.

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