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

Isco kept Real Madrid's LaLiga title charge on track with a virtuoso performance to rescue a 3-2 win at struggling Sporting Gijon. In the Round of 16, Barcelona routed Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 to overhaul a 4-0 loss. "We have to improve that".

Home goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar somehow turned Nacho's header just out of the reach of Morata, who was awaiting to apply the final touch for a tap-in.

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

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

Lucas' angry kick at the bench when he was substituted late was a useful summary of the frustration consuming his Madrid team-mates until Isco bailed them out magnificently - making his most convincing argument to date that he deserves to be more than a supporting character under Zidane.

Following strikes from Mikel Vesga and Alvaro Morata, the 24-year-old midfielder then won the valuable three points for Los Blancos with a last-minute goal, taking his side to the top of the Liga table. There is little time to rest and those who played today were phenomenal. "We need everyone and everyone responds".

The lead did not last long, however, as man-of-the-match Isco danced away from two defenders before curling into the top corner.

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

Isco's fine individual effort and a towering header from Alvaro Morata ensured neither lead lasted more than a few minutes.

Zidane spoke at press conference after the important victory Real Madrid achieved against Sporting Gijón in the31st week of the regular season.

Less than two minutes after Nacho had passed up that big opportunity to send the visitors ahead, Sporting took the lead when Vesga flicked a clever header into the far corner after Casilla had been caught too far off his line.

Madrid, which has a game in hand, hosts Barcelona next round in a "clasico" match that will go a long way to determining the league champion.

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

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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