Messi nets 2 as Barca rebounds before Juve and Madrid games

The girl told Isco that her parents were deaf and that they would greatly appreciate it if he could sign the gesture which translates to "I love you" if he happened to get on the scoresheet. Real Madrid won the match 3-2. "Isco deserves it, like everyone else he has been working".

"[Isco] has been really great, he's quite pleased with his targets but more for the result for the team", said Marcelo.

The visitors controlled the second half, but Barca were able to cling on for three points. When we need everyone, they're there.

And this season they are on course for success in both La Liga and the Champions League as Zidane continues to impress since taking over in 2016 from the club's reserve side - Real Madrid Castilla.

But Alvaro Morata headed Madrid level again in the 59th, and the pacesetters kept pushing until Isco netted the victor.

Sociedad's potent offense came out firing on all cylinders, but it was Messi who opened the game's scoring in the 17th minute with a sharply taken blast from outside the area that streaked into the lower corner of the net.

The game's opener came from Croatian frontman Duje Cop, before Isco equalised three minutes later with an excellent solo effort.

Madrid, which has a game in hand, hosts Barcelona next round in a "clasico" match that will go a long way to determining the league champion.

And with rumours of a six-year deal being on the table, Isco said he will make the "right decision" along with Madrid. Mikel Vesga put Gijon in front again five minutes after half-time but Alvaro Morata again pegged back the relegation-threatened side nine minutes later.

Atletico Madrid kept themselves ahead in the battle with Sevilla for third place after a 3-0 win over bottom club Osasuna at the Vicente Calderon, but missed two late penalties.

Atletico Madrid rested forward Antoine Griezmann ahead of Tuesday's Champions League match at Leicester, when it will defend a 1-0 first-leg victory.

Carrasco was denied his hat-trick by a fine save from Salvatore Sirigu before the Italian 'keeper made an even better stop to deny Thomas Partey seconds later.

Deportivo moved away from the drop zone with its first win in five rounds.

  • Julie Sanders