Isco spares Real's blushes against Sporting

April. 16 (ANI): A last-minute goal from Isco helped Real Madrid snatch a dramatic 3-2 win against relegation-threatened Sporting Gijon at the El Molinon Stadium in Asturias, Spain on Saturday. It's obviously a huge result for the team in the race for La Liga, and to do it like that with bench players is impressive.

They made hard work of it, too, having to fight to come from behind to pick up a well earned 3-2 victory, thus extending their lead over Barcelona at the top of the table to three points with a game in hand.

It was Sporting, however, who moved back in front in the 50th minute, with on-loan Athletic Bilbao midfielder Vesga planting a header high over Casilla that dipped into the net.

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.

However, Isco stopped short of criticising coach Zinedine Zidane for any lack of game time.

"This Is a relief in order to score and take the three points, that was what we needed".

Real pressed for a victor though, with Isco dancing his way into the box before finding Danilo, who in turn fed Marcelo at the back post, but his drilled effort was just inches off-target.

Madrid meet Bayern on Tuesday after beating the German champions 2-1 at the Allianz Arena in the sides' Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday night.

"Bale will not be with us tomorrow, that's clear, ' Zidane said".

The Spaniard scored twice in Madrid's 3-2 win at El Molinon and was the man-of-the-match, with his dribbling impossible for the hosts to handle. Jozabed put Celta ahead in the first half and Beauveu and Marcelo Diaz sealed the win for the visitors, who rested key players ahead of their Europa League quarterfinal, coming up after the break.

However, Isco staked his claim for a place in the Madrid XI on Saturday, with a match-winning display against Sporting Gijon.

Sporting went back ahead through a header by Mikel Vesga, who had already set up Cop's opener.

His first goal was a work of art, lots of quick touches in the area to dart away from the defence and then a curled left-foot finish in to the top corner.

Atletico had two penalties saved, Salvatore Sirigu making two saves in two minutes.

  • Julie Sanders