Sizzling Isco looks for chance to lead Madrid to glory

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 21, 2017

Real Madrid nudged closer to winning the title with another late victor at Sporting Gijon.

The second half couldn't have gotten off to a worse start and that was despite Real Madrid coming close to getting their noses in front after James' 48th-minute free-kick was met by Nacho and the ball danced along the goal-line. Sevilla have won just one of their last eight games, and their hold on fourth spot is only secure at the moment due to inconsistency among the teams below them.

In an all-important fixture against relegation-facing Sporting Gijon, Isco proved why Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta described him as an "incredible player" and ensured his team's victory by 3-2, smashing two goals, including one in injury time.

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.

Barcelona stayed firm behind Real Madrid in the title race by winning 3-2 against Real Sociedad at Camp Nou. Isco has said that he wants to stay, but he also wants to play on a regular basis; given his recent form Madrid should give him the assurances he needs and get him to put pen to paper as soon as possible.

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

The decision comes with Madrid facing crucial matches against Bayern Munich and Barcelona in the week following the Sporting clash.

"We did very well from the first minute to the last, Sporting had two chances and scored two goals, we made many chances so the result is deserved". "We will go out to win the game and we'll not gamble". Isco avoided three defenders inside a crowded area before lashing a left-footed strike just inside the top corner of the goal frame.

However, coach Zinedine Zidane rejected claims his side have been blessed by good fortune. Sometimes the media misinterpret what you say, to sell papers.

Isco popped up again in the final minute of normal time to seal the victory and cap a fraught 90 minutes for Real, who are now six points clear of Barcelona in second, ahead of next weekend's crucial El Clasico.

Yannick Carrasco struck twice and Filipe Luis added another goal as third-placed Atletico eased past bottom-side Osasuna.

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.

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