Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

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


Zinedine Zidane's decision to rest Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema paid off, as Real Madrid claimed a 3-2 win over Sporting Gijon. "I'm more than satisfied with my players' ability to deal with their frustration after what happened in the Champions League".

Rodriguez sent in a free-kick from the right, which Nacho headed down, but goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar made a superb save on the line and the ball ran across the face of goal with Morata unable to stab it home at the far post. "We did very well from the first minute to the last, Sporting had two chances and scored two goals, while we made many chances so the result is deserved".

Nevertheless, Zidane is putting his eggs in the Champions League quarterfinals basket, when Bayern Munich will be looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit on Wednesday.

Fabio Coentrao played today from the beginning for first time in all the regular season and this is what Zidane thinks about his performance:"I saw him very well and I'm happy for him. We need everyone and everyone responds".

Real Madrid were behind for less than three minutes, however, with Isco producing a wonderful piece of skill inside the Sporting box before picking out the top corner with a curling effort to level the scores in Gijon.

The first opportunity of the match came for Sporting in the eighth minute when Moi Gomez picked out the head of Duje Cop from a wide position, but the striker's downward effort was hacked clear by Nacho at the vital moment, before Vasquez headed a super Danilo cross over the crossbar down the other end.

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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.

It was Sporting, however, who moved back in front in the 50th minute, with on-loan Athletic Bilbao midfielder Vesga planting a header high over Casilla that dipped into the net.

After the match, Isco said he just wanted to spend less time on the bench.

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

Osasuna's Salvatore Sirigu saved two late penalties by Carrasco and Thomas Partey.

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.

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