Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Isco winner takes Ronaldo-less Real six points clear

Isco winner takes Ronaldo-less Real six points clear

The result takes them six points clear of Barcelona who face Real Sociedad later on Saturday.

Isco was Real's best player throughout, and provided a grandstand finish when he drilled low into the net in injury time.

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

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.

Weeraryahannada BBC la isku yiraahdo ee Ronaldo, Bale iyo Benzima ayaa kulankan seegay laakiin taasi kama hor'istaagin Real Madrid inay guul ka soo gaarto Gijon.

Celta Vigo's 2-1 win in the Copa del Rey in January gave Madrid it's only loss in 23 games at the Santiago Bernabeu this season, where Zinedine Zidane's team has won 15 times and drawn five.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema will join injured Gareth Bale on the sidelines when Real Madrid travel to play Sporting Gijon in LaLiga.

The player has been linked with an exit from the club, primarily due to lack of game time, with even Barcelona interested in the Spaniard.

Isco was the main protagonist in this afternoon's meeting between Sporting and Real Madrid.

Sporting then came close to an opener on eight minutes as Carlos Carmona looked set to steer a Cop knockdown on target, but Nacho got a vital deflection with his outstretched leg. The Spain midfielder avoided three defenders before lashing a left-footed strike just inside the top corner of the goal frame.

A looping header from Mikel Vesga put the Asturian side back in front five minutes into the second half but Real equalised again just before the hour through Alvaro Morata before Isco bagged a late victor. "I don't know why people are surprised when I say I want to play more".

"I want to stay in Madrid and for many years, both the club and I are going to make the right decision".

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.

Saturday kicks off with Deportivo la Coruna desperate for a win at home against a Malaga side that has climbed away from the relegation zone, thanks to consecutive wins, reports Xinhua news agency.

Neither Madrid nor Barca were particularly impressive in their victories and these are some things we learned from the weekend matches.

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