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

Marcelo: 'No easy games for Real Madrid after Gijon scare'

Marcelo: 'No easy games for Real Madrid after Gijon scare'

In the final minute of the game Madrid got their goal, Isco finding a pocket of space on the edge of the area and firing a strike inside Ivan Cuellar's near post.

Fabio Coentrao and Danilo were handed rare starts in the fullback positions, while forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were rested, with Wales worldwide Gareth Bale out injured.

Isco, who joined in 2013 from Malaga, said: "I am at the best team in the world, there is no bigger team than Madrid".

"Technically, Isco is a lot like me", Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane had said about the Spanish midfielder in 2015, when he was managing Real Madrid's youth side - Real Madrid Castilla.

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Isco had met the young girl earlier in the week during a player meet and greet session, during which she had shown her idol how to say a very important message using sign language.

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. The hosts tightened things up in the second half, and just about saw out the victory to remain three points behind Madrid, albeit with a game extra played.

The midfield magician's second goal was crucial as it handed Madrid the victory in the 90th minute. "Our fans always give us a plus, especially in games like this one".

"It's hard, there isn't time to rest, but we have been working very well and we're good physically".

The Madrid based paper added Zidane has earned the "blind trust" of Perez, because of the love the French coach receives from the fans, players and staff. He finished the game without a yellow card that would prohibit him play El Clásico next weekend.

Isco's first goal was a superb solo effort in the 17th to cancel out Duje Cop's opener for Sporting.

It was Sporting that made the breakthrough in the 14th minute when Cop allowed a wonderful pass from Mikel Vesga to drop straight onto his left foot, and the striker's volley found a route past Kiko Casilla in the Real Madrid goal. Credit must be given where due to the Osasuna goalkeeper, Salvatore Sirigu, who is on loan from PSG, judged both the penalties (from Carrasco and Thomas Partey) correctly, and stopped Carrasco's hat-trick and further humiliation to team.

Joselu Sanmartin and Pedro Mosquera scored to help Deportivo move away from the relegation zone.

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