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Summary

  1. Unbeaten Real go seven points clear at top
  2. Real hanging on towards end as Sporting miss penalty
  3. Sporting sit in relegation zone

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By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Real Madrid 2-1 Sporting Gijon

Real Madrid had to ride their luck, but they move seven points clear at the top of La Liga for now.

Sevilla can cut that down to six later, and Barcelona can take it back down to four tomorrow.

Real Madrid should be OK now, they win a corner with seconds left as Isco's shot is blocked.

INJURY TIME

Two additional minutes for Real Madrid to hang on, not a sentence I thought I'd be writing.

Luka Modric
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We are entering the final two minutes. Can Sporting Gijon carve out one more chance?

Cristiano Ronaldo does have the hat-trick chance as Sporting switch off at the back but his shot is easily saved by keeper Diego Marino, who hasn't had to make too many difficult stops really.

After 18 minutes, it felt like the story of this game was going to be how many goals Cristiano Ronaldo would score. That feels like a long time ago now.

Duje Cop has another chance to level for Sporting Gijon but Keylor Navas keeps out his effort.

Real Madrid, on their overall performance, deserve to be ahead. But they are really riding their luck. 

SUBSTITUTION

Real Madrid make their final change now as Isco comes on for Mateo Kovacic in midfield.

And then Sporting make their last switch, with Rachid Ait-Atmane coming off for Nacho Cases.

Isco
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MISSED PENALTY

Real Madrid 2-1 Sporting Gijon

Oh no, Sporting miss the chance to equalise. Duje Cop aims for the top corner but it's too high and too wide. And Real remain in front. Sickener for the visitors.

PENALTY TO SPORTING GIJON

Real Madrid 2-1 Sporting Gijon

A huge moment here as Nacho pulls down Victor, seconds after he comes on.

SUBSTITUTION

Sporting make an attacking change as striker Borja Viguera replaces goalscorer Carlos Carmona. And a second change, Moi Gomez coming off for Victor.

SUBSTITUTION

Real Madrid make a double change. James Rodriguez, who has done OK but not anything amazing on his audition for Gareth Bale's place, is replaced by Marco Asensio.

And captain Sergio Ramos comes off - meaning he won't be suspended for next weekend's El Clasico, because he wasn't booked today. Marcelo comes on, meaning Nacho will slot into centre-back.

Not too much to report at the moment, Real Madrid are looking comfortable, but they are only one slip away from dropping two points. And in rainy conditions anything can happen.

Mateo Kovacic
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Cristiano Ronaldo flashes a header just wide for Real. Neither side have made a substitution yet, will that change soon?

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Real Madrid left-back Nacho bombs forward and has a shot but it's - for my third entry in a row - a Real effort directly at keeper Diego Marino. Guys, try hitting it at the parts of the goal where he's not standing.

Real Madrid's support start to celebrate what they think is a third goal but Karim Benzema's header from six yards is straight at the goalkeeper. Anywhere else, and he's doubled Real's advantage.

Cristiano Ronaldo has his first shot of the first half, but it's slow and low and held by keeper Diego Marino.

Cristiano Ronaldo
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After 20 minutes it didn't feel like we were going to have any kind of contest but Sporting really are in this. They have a cross, which Real clear at the second or third time of asking. 

Sporting have scored at least one goal in each of their last six La Liga games at the Bernabeu.

Karim Benzema gets a kick in the head when he tries to head home a cross. He seems to be OK though. Real could do without losing him at the same time as Gareth Bale. Or else the 'BBC' would just become the C.

I hope those weird recycled plastic jerseys Real are wearing are waterproof. Because it's properly tipping it down.

Cristiano Ronaldo & Zinedine Zidane
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KICK-OFF

Real Madrid 2-1 Sporting Gijon

The second half is under way in Madrid.

The players are just waiting in the tunnel to come out for the second half. Not long to go, Real sub Isco gives one of Sporting's players a hug. Nice.

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John McEnerney: Wonder what the Zinedine Zidane version of the hairdryer treatment is. Whatever it is, Luka Modric is going to get some of it - or is ZZ too cool to lose it?

HALF-TIME

Real Madrid 2-1 Sporting Gijon

It's half-time at an absolute rain-soaked Bernabeu. Sporting Gijon are still in this game, against the odds.

Indeed Cristiano Ronaldo does shoot next time he gets near the box but his effort is straight at Sporting's stand-in keeper Diego Marino.

A rare instance here of Cristiano Ronaldo opting to pass when he could take a shot on himself - especially when he's seeking a hat-trick. He runs to the edge of the box, but slips in Lucas Vazquez instead, who fires into the side netting. 

I don't think he'll be making the 'mistake' of passing next time.

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Seth Gogo Egoeh: What was going through Modric's head when he cheaply gave away possession which led to that goal? Poor! 

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GOAL - Real Madrid 2-1 Sporting Gijon

Carlos Carmona

Game on! Luka Modric loses possession for Real Madrid with a poor pass and Sporting break down the left, with Carlos Carmona turning home an Isma Lopez cross with the outside of his boot from 16 yards out.

Maybe time to cancel those plans you made for the second-half procession.

Carlos Carmona
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Pepe is getting strapping around his foot and it looks like he's going to be able to continue. With Sergio Ramos a booking away from missing El Clasico, Real will be aware this could all go wrong quite quickly for them at the back.

Cristiano Ronaldo goes on a 40-yard run from halfway, skinning half the Sporting defence down the left wing but his cross is past everyone.

And now Pepe, who is only just returning from a hamstring injury, is getting treatment. It doesn't look great with El Clasico next weekend.

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Sporting win a corner on a rare foray forward as Pepe, who has appeared to be in pain for the last few minutes, blocks a cross. 

Real half-clear the corner and Moi Gomez smashes in a great 25-yard shot which Keylor Navas tips around the post.

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From this picture of Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty, it might look like Real Madrid are playing in a shirt from the 1950s. 

But they are actually wearing a jersey made from marine plastic waste.

Real Madrid are flying now and Sergio Ramos has a go with a bicycle kick which a team-mate turns onto the post, but the offside flag goes up.

GOAL - Real Madrid 2-0 Sporting Gijon

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is chasing a hat-trick and he has another 72 minutes to get one. Nacho whips in a cross from the right and the frontman turns it home with a stooping header.

Is there any way back for Sporting now?

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Sporting are trying to play their way out from the back but play themselves into trouble - twice. But all is well that ends well and they get the ball clear.

Now Real keeper Keylor Navas goes for a little walkabout with the ball outside his box, but he's good enough to keep possession.

Moments after Sporting go close to an equaliser with a shot from the edge of the box, Cristiano Ronaldo heads over from close range for Real. 

Real have a chance to make it 2-0 but too many cooks spoil the gazpacho and they try one pass too many, failing to get a shot in.  

GOAL - Real Madrid 1-0 Sporting Gijon

Cristiano Ronaldo

The goalkeeper goes the right way but Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty is right in the corner, excellent kick from the Portugal superstar. And this could be a long 85 minutes for the strugglers at the Bernabeu.

Cristiano Ronaldo
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