90+2' Ronaldo tries to keep the ball in the corner, only for Isco to produce a superb piece of skill to burst into the box, and watch as his shot takes a deflection and goes out fro a corner. Modric takes it short to waste more time.
90' 2 minutes of injury time.
90' Isma Lopez sends an early ball into the box from the left wing, but Nacho intercepts and heads it towards Navas.
88' If Sporting get anything from this game, the blame will lie entirely with Madrid who have had multiple chances to put the game to bed.
87' NO NO NO! Sporting's corner is cleared out and Madrid counter swiftly, with the referee playing advantage after Modric is fouled. Ronaldo is sent clear from the halfway line, and he cannot power past the defenders and produces a tame effort straight at Marino.
86' Douglas has sent another superb cross from the right wing, and Pepe clears the ball out for a corner.
85' HOW DID THEY MISS?! Ronaldo does well to hold the ball up on the left and spread it wide to Benzema on the right. The Frenchman's cross to an unmarked Vazquez in the box, is behind him and the lurking Marcelo and the danger dissipates.
82' SHOT! Duje Cop diverts a cross from the left towards goal, but Navas flies to his left to make the save and collect the ball.
82' Sporting have not let their heads drop after missing the penalty, domination possession as Real Madrid drop deeper and deeper into their own half.
81' Nacho Cases comes on to replace Rachid Ait-Atmane
80' Mateo Kovacic is replaced by Isco
77' Nacho goes into the book for a a push from behind on Victor Rodriguez. Looks like he went down too easily. Cop to take.
75' Marcelo's first involvement is to hassle Lillo in the box, after Kovacic had played a through ball, but the referee blows for a foul.
73' Oooh! Ronaldo chips in a ball from the left wing, catching out everyone who expected a shot, but the ball is inches away from Lucas Vazquez who only had to get a touch on the ball in the box.
72' Sergio Ramos goes off to be replaced by Marcelo, who takes the armband. That confirms Ramos' involvement in El Clasico next week.
72' James Rodriguez is replaced by Marco Asensio
70' Lovely run from James! The Colombian shrugs off a couple of challenges deep in Madrid's half and charges up the pitch, spreading the ball wide to Ronaldo on the left, but Mere clears out CR7's low cross from the left.
68' Ronaldo has the time to collect a cross, flick the ball up over his head and attempt a shot in the box, but Jorge Mere clears the ball out. He's been superb tonight, after the opening 20 minutes though.
66' OUCH! Carmona goes into the book after clattering into Pepe while challenging for Douglas' low ball into the box.
64' SHOT! Applause rings out at the Bernabeu as Kovacic charges through the middle and shoots at goal, but the ball goes out for a corner after taking a deflection. Gijon just about manage to deal well with the set-piece and regain possession.
62' OH MY! Douglas collects the ball on the right edge of the box and clips the ball to the far post, where Gomez is inches away from connecting with the ball. This game is not over by any stretch of the imagination
61' Rachid goes into the book for a poor foul on Kovacic on the halfway line.
60' Its a bit apt that Madrid are wearing kits that could save the oceans. The Bernabeu will be an ocean itself if the rain continues to pour down at this rate.
58' WHAT A SAVE! James turns well on the edge of the box, before spreading it wide to Vazquez. The winger chips a cross to Benzema in the box, and he heads the ball towards the goal from two yards out, but Marino positions himself well to make a point-blank save
57' Lucky! Nacho brings down Douglas as Gijon counter down the right wing, but escapes a booking.
56' Ronaldo takes it upon himself to drive Madrid forward, and shoots a low drive from the edge of the box straight at Marino.
55' Whistles ring out at the Bernabeu as the crowd is displeased with Real Madrid's conservative passing across the back.
52' OOH! Carmona's cross from the right nearly finds Gomez at the far post, but cand find the finishing touch. A few moments later, Isma Lopez sends in a tempting cross from the left that flashes across goal without a touch from a Sporting shirt.
50' Real Madrid are struggling to get the weight on their balls forward right, due to the teeming rain on the ground.
48' Benzema! Lucas Vazquez chips a cross in from the right and Benzema stoops low to head the ball into the net, only for Amorebieta's studs to block the effort and catch the Frenchman in the face. Benzeme eventually gets up after spending a couple of moments on the ground.
47' Real Madrid hog the ball right from the off, with Gijon defending well. Ronaldo tries to slip James into the box, but Amorebieta intercepts and clears the ball out.
46' Just to confirm, Pepe is still continuing in the second half, after having picked up an injury at the end of the first half.
46' PEEP PEEP PEEP! Real Madrid get us underway in the second half! Can they keep their unbeaten run going to put the pressure on Barcelona? The rain is really coming down heavily now, just so you know.
The teams have exited the tunnel. Kickoff in the second half is moments away!
Zidane has options on the bench to kill this game, as Sporting do look great going forward and could conceivably equalize. Casemiro is on the bench and could use a run out before the Clasico, while Marcelo and Dani Carvajal could also be far better than Danilo and Nacho, who have been overrun.
Just to reiterate, Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player in La Liga history to score 30+ goals in 7 consecutive calendar years. A staggering record.
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