Isco spares Real blushes against Sporting Gijon in La Liga

Gareth Bale

"I'm anxious about it because I don't like to see players out injured and all the more so during the run-in", said Zidane.

Fabio Coentrao and Danilo were handed rare starts in the fullback positions, while forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were rested, with Wales worldwide Gareth Bale out injured. The player was cast aside for a few matches but on Saturday, he produced a display that may bring him back into the eyes of the manager, who may grant him more minutes. The talented Carlos Carmona and the motivated Duje Cop are the only pieces that could unsettle Real Madrid's defence, although the Molinon stadium can also carry the team with their famous stamina and noise if things start off the right foot for them.

Spain global Isco offered a sublime demonstration of his value to Real Madrid with two excellent goals in the 3-2 win at Sporting.

Los Blancos pushed for a victor in the closing stages and went close in the 84th minute when Sergio Ramos headed wide of the upright.

It was his 50th match for Real Madrid and he seems to have capped it off with a solid display.

"It is a relief to be able to take the three points, that is was what we wanted".

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Weeraryahannada BBC la isku yiraahdo ee Ronaldo, Bale iyo Benzima ayaa kulankan seegay laakiin taasi kama hor'istaagin Real Madrid inay guul ka soo gaarto Gijon.

Isco's long-range strike in the 90th minute won the game, but it was his remarkable footwork and curled finish for his first goal that really caught the eye. They need to start winning soon if they're going to avoid the drop, but getting points off Real may be too big of an ask. "We will go out to win the game and we'll not gamble".

A looping header from Mikel Vesga put the Asturian side back in front five minutes into the second half but Real equalised again just before the hour through Alvaro Morata before Isco bagged a late victor.

"I have always made it clear that I want to be here for many years", he is quoted as saying by Marca. "I want to thank Real Madrid for the opportunity to build a wonderful at this club, and to my teammates as well".

The league leaders show no signs of letting up and collected another three precious points as attentions now turn to the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Bayern. Even with his late penalty saved by Osasuna goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, his 14 goals this season across all competitions is more than any other Spain-based midfielder.

In Saturday's early kick-off, Deportivo La Coruna eased their relegation concerns after beating Malaga 2-0 to record a first victory in five LaLiga games.

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