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Ronaldo resting, Isco's 2 goals keeps Madrid on title track

16 April 2017

Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata, duels for the ball with Sporting de Gijon's Sergio Alvarez, during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Sporting de Gijon, at El Molinon stadium in Gijon, northern Spain, Sa.

Sporting, who started the day five points adrift of safety, had gone ahead after 14 minutes through a volley from Duje Cop, but Real were soon level when midfielder Isco drilled home.

Dhammaadkii ciyaarta kooxda Real Madrid ayaa heshay goolka ay guusha ku qaadatay waxaana u dhaliyey Isco markii kubbad baas ahayd oo uu ka helay Marcelo uu ka soo tuuray farka hore ee goolka kubadda oo joog hoose ku socota ayaana shabaqa gashay, waxaana uu ahaa goolkii labaad ee kulankan uu dhaliyo Isco, Real Madrid ayaana 3-2 kaga soo adkaatay Sporting Gijon. "It was a relief to score at the end and take the three points".

Fabio Coentrao played today from the beginning for first time in all the regular season and this is what Zidane thinks about his performance:"I saw him very well and I'm happy for him".

Real Madrid had a glorious chance to take the lead in the 48th minute when Nacho met a deep free kick from James, but Sporting goalkeeper Cuellar was on hand to make a wonderful point-blank save. "We need everyone and everyone responds".

Real Madrid open up a six-point lead at the top of La Liga following a 3-2 victory at struggling Sporting Gijon on Saturday afternoon.

And Isco - who has made only one Champions League start all season - may have played himself into contention with an excellent game.

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Real now turn their focus to the return game against Bayern on Tuesday at the Bernabeu, before next weekend's potentially decisive El Clasico with Barcelona.

Zidane said it was Isco's best match with Madrid.

"Yes, we do have defense problems due to some circumstances, but we trust our squad, and we are preparing it for the upcoming games", explained Zidane.

Isco's fine individual effort and a towering header from Alvaro Morata ensured neither lead lasted more than a few minutes.

"I have always been clear - I want to stay at Real Madrid for many years", Isco said. I'm anxious about it because I don't like to see players out injured and all the more so during the run-in.

Atletico are next up and aim to cement their place in third at home facing bottom of the table Osasuna, who nevertheless travel to the capital following consecutive wins, which will probably do little to help their campaign to avoid the drop.