Gareth Bale to miss El Clasico

Gareth Bale to miss El Clasico

Substitute Karim Benzema headed a late victor as holders Real Madrid secured their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 2-1 victory over 10-man Sporting Lisbon at Estadio Jose Alvalade.

Real Madrid's forward Gareth Bale gets injury during the UEFA Champions League Group F football match Sporting CP vs Real Madrid at the Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Portugal on November 22, 2016.

A first league victory over Atletico in four seasons on Saturday also allowed Real to open up a four-point lead at the top of La Liga and extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 29 games.

Bale is set to miss some crucial matches for Real Madrid, including the first Clasico of the season against Barcelona on 4 December (AEDT) and the UEFA Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund the week, a match that will decide the victor of Group F.

Bale was caught by a challenge from Sporting centre-back Sebastian Coates early in the second half and, despite attempting to play on after receiving treatment, he departed with 58 minutes on the clock.

The length of Bale's absence has not been confirmed, but widespread reports in the British media have claimed that Madrid will be without their star player for four months.

Real now sit second in their group on 11 points, while Dortmund are first with 13 points.

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

Madrid finally put the game to bed with three minutes remaining of normal time, though, as Benzema latched on to a cross from Ramos and glanced his header past Rui Patricio into the bottom corner.

"We now have a final against Dortmund".

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

Madrid scored two late goals - the first in the 89th - in the 2-1 win over Sporting in the teams' opener in the group stage.

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

Madrid should be tired of Sporting Lisbon though as the Portuguese side nearly beat them in the reverse of this fixture.