Isco winner takes Ronaldo-less Real six points clear

Ahead of another Champions League salvage mission there is no room for error for Barcelona as they try to chase down Real Madrid at the top of La Liga

Zidane opted for a chance after 71 minutes as Mariano replaced Lucas as they pushed for a winning goal in the closing stages.

The playmaker scored in the 17th minute after an awesome solo run to equalise against Sporting Gijon.

His selection as one of nine changes from Wednesday's 2-1 Champions League win over Bayern Munich underlined his back-up status in an all-star squad, although his Molinon heroics may cause Zidane to think again on that front.

"I don't know why it surprises people that I want to play more".

Ahead of another Champions League salvage mission, there is no room for error for Barcelona as they try to chase down Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Each of the two players would be starters at most other sides, but Isco is ahead of them all and his two moments of magic made the difference in this match.

As if the Real Madrid midfielder's early equaliser against Sporting Gijon wasn't good enough, Isco went on to seal the victory with a dramatic injury time victor.

The lead lasted just three minutes as Real responded with a wonder goal of their own. In the end we are 24 players and everyone can play outside of Real Madrid.

Marcelo insisted there are not ever any easy matches for Real Madrid after the LaLiga leaders finished their recovery in the 90th minute.

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The fact that none of Bale, Benzema and Cristiano has made the list marks the ninth time this season Zidane's team will play without any of the vaunted "BBC".

Vesga looped a header over Kiko Casilla to put the hosts back in front after halftime, but Alvaro Morata equalised with a headed goal of his own, before Isco's late victor.

"It is in our DNA to fight until the end at Real Madrid and today we pulled it off".

Barca begin life without Neymar Barca's season unravelled quickly in the past week as they lost at Malaga to fall three points behind Madrid, who also have a game in hand, at the top of the table and were then thrashed 3-0 by Juventus in the Champions League. He nearly scored in the first minutes of the second half but Cuéllar prevented it with a great save.

"We didn't control the game like we should have", he said. The Colombian midfielder had a great chance to show his quality but we saw him that he is not 100& fit.

After the match Isco once again told the press that he's happy in Madrid and he wants to stay at the club.

When Real Madrid scored the third goal he played as a full back.

We at The Hard Tackle take a closer look at some of the significant talking points to emerge from the result.

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