Injured Bale likely to miss Real Madrid-Barcelona match

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He signed an extension to his contract at Real in October, keeping him at the Spanish giants until 2022.

"We will see, so I don't know yet if he will be for the Clasico", Zidane said.

If they manage to beat Dortmund in that game, they would top the group - but that game comes just 3 days after El Clasico and Bale could very well miss out on that too!

Real have a frantic schedule with the Club World Cup starting in Japan on December 8 and running through December 18.

Real stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to 30 games after a patchy performance in which their top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, needing two goals to reach a 100-goal milestone in European club competition, was largely subdued.

Real had substitute Karim Benzema to thank for all three points as he came off the bench to down Sporting's 10 men with a fine finish from Sergio Ramos's cross.

France defender Raphael Varane put them ahead, but Adrien Silva's 81st-minute penalty appeared to be enough to earn a draw for the home side.


"He suffered more of a twist than a knock, but we will have to wait and see what the problem is", said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.

"We now have a final against Dortmund. I am happy for him and the team as a whole".

The affection shown may even have had an effect on the normally ruthless Ronaldo as for the first time in four meetings against Sporting he failed to find the net.

But the ultimate prize went to Portugal who won their first worldwide trophy following a game which was also the scene of "the greatest sadness" of three-time world player of the year Ronaldo's career.

Zidane confirmed that further tests will be carried out on the Welshman back in Madrid to determine the extent of the injury.

Sporting's Joao Pereira was sent off in the 64th with a straight red after an altercation with Madrid's Mateo Kovacic.

Joel Campbell even had an effort saved by Costa Rican global teammate Keylor Navas as Sporting searched for the victor they needed to keep their Champions League hopes alive.

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