Ronaldo resting, Isco's 2 goals keeps Madrid on title track

Ronaldo resting, Isco's 2 goals keeps Madrid on title track

"I want to stay at Real Madrid for many years", Isco said.

The lead lasted just three minutes as Real responded with a wonder goal of their own.

"There is no such thing as luck in football, it is down to hard work and effort in every game", continued the Frenchman. They need to start winning soon if they're going to avoid the drop, but getting points off Real may be too big of an ask.

The sense that only Lionel Messi can deny Madrid a first league title in five years was strengthened as he scored twice and made the other for the improving Paco Alcacer in Barcelona's 3-2 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday evening.

"I'm anxious about it because I don't like to see players out injured and all the more so during the run-in", said Zidane.

James: He was the player who most ran in the squad.

Madrid leads second-placed Barcelona by three points and has a game in hand on its rival.

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The playmaker scored in the 17th minute after an unbelievable solo run to equalise against Sporting Gijon. "(The players) all lost concentration, we weren't switched on for the free-kick (that led to Sporting's second goal)". He scored the first goal for Los Blancos with a very good play, dribbling two opponents and scoring from a great let footed shot.

Sporting's joy was short-lived as Isco was allowed a touch too much room inside the area, shuffled away from Carlos Carmona, skipped past Vesga and Fernando Amorebieta, and lashed a shot into the top corner for a similarly high-quality equaliser.

Having got themselves back into the match for a second time, Zidane's side started to dominate possession as Sporting were forced to defend deeper. Sometimes the media misinterpret what you say, to sell papers.

Los Blancos pushed for a victor in the closing stages and went close in the 84th minute when Sergio Ramos headed wide of the upright.

Sporting went back ahead through a header by Mikel Vesga, who had already set up Cop's opener, which looped over the goalkeeper five minutes after halftime. "I want to stay here for a long time".

Zidane made nine changes to the side that beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the Champions League in midweek, with only Sergio Ramos and Nacho retaining their places, but he added that he regularly feels a sense of unfairness towards those not in the starting lineup.

Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco struck a double as his team kept their hold on third by easily seeing off bottom team Osasuna 3-0 at the Calderon on Saturday afternoon.

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