Real Madrid team news: Benzema benched for Dortmund clash

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The Frenchman is joined on the bench by first-team favourites Luka Modric and Marcelo

Karim Benzema has been relegated to the bench for Real Madrid as the Champions League holders close out their group campaign against Borussia Dortmund.

Instead, youngster Borja Mayoral is afforded another European start and the chance to bag his first Champions League goal. The 20-year-old starts alongside Cristiano Ronaldo at the head of Los Blancos' attack.

Isco and Mateo Kovacic will provide the supply line to the forwards - which includes Lucas Vazquez - from midfield, with Casemiro sitting deep in the centre of the pitch.

Nacho fills in at right-back, while Theo Hernandez is given the nod ahead of Marcelo on the left side of defence.

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At the heart of the backline, Sergio Ramos is partnered with Raphael Varane.

Real Madrid: Navas; Nacho, Ramos, Varane, Theo; Lucas Vazquez, Casemiro, Kovacic; Isco; Ronaldo, Mayoral.

Subs: Casilla, Benzema, Modric, Marcelo, Llorente, Asensio, Ceballos

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