Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Stephen Hansen

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

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

Messi added an assist as Barcelona saw off a unsafe Real Sociedad side 3-2 at Camp Nou, with the defending champions struggling to end a run of defeats at Malaga in the league and Juventus in the Champions League.

And as the match started, the rumblings grew louder, with Real Madrid succumbing to an early goal from Sporting Gijon.

Madrid twice fought back from a goal down against the relegation-threatened side at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, before Isco's 90th-minute victor kept them on track for a first league title since 2012.

The midfield magician's second goal was crucial as it handed Madrid the victory in the 90th minute.

Real boss Zinedine Zidane made a raft of changes for this tie and he almost paid the price, only for Isco to secure his side a late victor.

"Isco deserved this", said Marcelo, who went on as a second-half substitute for Madrid. "It is the difficulty of this job, having to leave very good footballers on the bench, but I have to make decisions". They don't have many minutes, but that's what makes a team great.

However, even if Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar can be trusted to get the goals, there is no guarantee the Catalans will keep the clean sheet they will nearly certainly need to reach the semi-finals.

The eccentric former Arsenal captain didn't disappoint in his first press conference where he promised to "kick some players' arse" in an uphill battle to save Granada from relegation in the final seven games of the season.

If Bayern Munich is to have any chance of a sixth straight semifinal appearance in the Champions League it will have to do something that only one team has achieved this season - defeat Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

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Centerback Sergio Ramos was the only first-choice player in Madrid's starting 11, which included rare showings by backs Fabio Coentrao and Danilo and midfielders Marco Asensio and James Rodriguez.

Although Zidane's men had more than two-thirds of possession running in their favour at the interval, it was again the hosts who took the initiative after the restart as Vesga got on the scoresheet. I'm anxious about it because I don't like to see players out injured and all the more so during the run-in.

Isco hinted that he could sign a contract extension with Real Madrid after his two-goal heroics against Sporting Gijon.

Isco's prolonged form has finally seen him cement himself into the Madrid set-up on a permanent basis, following an uncertain start to his life in the Spanish capital. Zidane said he wasn't sure if Bale would be ready next week to play Bayern in the return leg of the quarterfinal.

Real hit back three minutes later as Isco curled home a fine effort into top corner to level matters for the visitors.

Morata scored nine minutes later, heading home Danilo's cross, and Madrid pressed for a victor with Isco robbed of the ball when poised to shoot after another bewitching dribble and substitute Marcelo drilling wide. "I want to stay here for a long time".

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

Atletico Madrid banked on Yannick Carrasco's double to ease 3-0 past bottom placed Osasuna, but Diego Simeone's side once again showed how awful they have been this season when it comes to scoring penalties. 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.

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