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Karim Benzema doubled his Champions League tally this season with a goal in either half as Real overtook their opponents and moved into pole position.

However, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued his remarkable scoring sequence with his 19th goal in as many games on the hour and substitute Marco Reus struck two minutes from time to wrest back top spot and with it a new Champions League record.

Reus’ goal was the 21st scored by Dortmund in the Champions League group stage, surpassing the mark set by Manchester United (1998-99), Barcelona (2011-12 and this season) and Real themselves (2013-14).

Dortmund arrived in Madrid needing only a draw to retain first place in their final group match but found themselves under pressure almost from the off once Andre Schurrle had missed the target with an early chance.

Gonzalo Higuain’s stunning strike saw Juventus finish on top of Champions League Group H as they beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 in Turin.

After a lifeless first half, Higuain fired Juve ahead shortly after the break before Daniele Rugani headed in a second to wrap up the victory and confirm the Bianconeri’s place as group winners.

Juve were already through to the knockout stages of the competition but needed a win or for second-placed Sevilla not to beat Lyon in order to top the group.

Lyon and Sevilla played out a 0-0 draw in France while Dinamo could finish no higher than bottom of the group.

Woeful Leicester lost their unbeaten Champions League record as a second string side suffered a humiliating 5-0 thumping in Porto.

The much-changed Foxes had already qualified from Group G, while Porto reached the last 16 with victory, but barely put up a fight as they were outclassed.

Andre Silva, Jesus Corona and Yacine Brahimi scored in the first half before Silva added a second-half penalty and Diogo Jota netted a fifth.

Tottenham rounded off a frustrating Champions League campaign with a 3-1 victory over CSKA Moscow that secured the dubious consolation of a place in the Europa League.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were already eliminated from the Champions League before Wednesday’s final Group E fixture, but they finished on a high note with their first victory at Wembley at the third attempt.

After falling behind to Alan Dzagoev’s strike, Tottenham equalised through Deli Alli and Harry Kane netted in first half stoppage-time before goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev’s own goal sealed the points.

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Napoli and Benfica clinched places in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday as Group B rivals Besiktas unravelled in a 6-0 defeat away to Dynamo Kiev.

Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens scored second-half goals to earn Napoli a 2-1 victory over Benfica in Lisbon to send the Italians through as group winners.

Twice former European champions Benfica qualified as runners-up after Besiktas, who would have advanced with victory in Ukraine, crashed to a humiliating defeat and finished with nine men.

Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho made a successful start to his spell as Sergio Aguero’s stand-in by earning his team a 1-1 Champions League draw with Celtic.

Arda Turan grabbed a hat-trick and Lionel Messi his 10th Champions League goal of the season as a much-changed Barcelona still cruised past Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-0.

Messi continued to cut the gap on Cristiano Ronaldo as the Champions League’s all-time top goalscorer when he slotted home the opener after just 16 minutes.

Turan then struck his first Barca hat-trick in a 17-minute second-half spell as the hosts took out their frustration on a dispirited Monchengladbach.

A Robert Lewandowski free-kick sealed Bayern Munich‘s 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League with both teams already through to the knock-out stage.

Despite the result at Munich’s bitterly cold Allianz Arena, Atletico go into the draw for the last 16 as Group D winners with Bayern second.

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#360view: Benzema on borrowed time

Andy West 6/12/2016
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Time to deliver: Karim Benzema

If there’s one subject which Zinedine Zidane has addressed more often recently than the future of James Rodriguez, it is the form of Karim Benzema.

The French striker has consistently failed to perform at his best for several months, with a series of niggling injuries contributing to a frustrating campaign for Benzema, who has netted just four goals in 11 league outings this season.

There is also an inescapable sense that Benzema’s regrettable habit of getting himself into off-the-field scrapes is catching up with him – especially his ongoing banishment from the French national team amid allegations that he attempted to extort teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

In his body language and his tentativeness in front of goal, Benzema certainly looks to be lacking in confidence.

That is a key commodity for any striker, especially one like the Real Madrid number nine who relies on touch and finesse rather than brawn.

Until now, Zidane has always stoutly defended his fellow Frenchman by insisting that he is perfectly relaxed with the striker’s performances.

But the coach’s comments on Tuesday, when he acknowledged Benzema’s poor showing against Barcelona on Saturday while defending his work ethic, appeared to suggest he is finally running out of patience.

That would be no surprise, because Benzema was shockingly ineffective at the Nou Camp, even suffering the ultimate humiliation (for a striker) of being substituted despite his team chasing an equaliser.

With Alvaro Morata returning from injury for Wednesday night’s Champions League meeting with Borussia Dortmund, Cristiano Ronaldo spending more time as a centre forward rather than a left winger, Isco performing well in a withdrawn striker’s in the derby win at Atletico and Mariano Diaz pushing for more regular involvement, Zidane has got options.

It might be time for him to use them, because Benzema’s ongoing failure to reach his best is threatening to seriously hamper the team – it could easily be argued, for example, that a better striker would have allowed Madrid to turn their first half dominance at Barcelona on Saturday into goals.

If Benzema gets another start and fails again tonight, it might be his last for a while.

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