Saturday 20 January 2018

Isco keeps Real Madrid on title track with late winner

Sporting Gijon 2-3 Real Madrid

Real Madrid's midfielder Isco (R) celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match Real Sporting de Gijon vs Real Madrid CF at El Molinon stadium in Gijon on April 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPAMIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid's midfielder Isco (R) celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match Real Sporting de Gijon vs Real Madrid CF at El Molinon stadium in Gijon on April 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPAMIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images

La Liga leaders Real Madrid snatched a dramatic 3-2 win at relegation battlers Sporting Gijon with a last-minute goal from Isco.

Croatian forward Duje Cop volleyed the hosts into the lead on 14 minutes, only for Real - who made some nine changes from the midweek Champions League win over Bayern Munich - to hit back quickly when midfielder Isco smashed the ball into the top corner.

Mikel Vesga's looping header put Sporting, who started the day five points adrift of safety, back in front at the start of the second half.

Zinedine Zidane's men, though, where level again just before the hour when Alvaro Morata nodded in at the back post.

Just when it looked like Sporting would hold on for a point, Isco drilled a low shot into the bottom left corner from the edge of the penalty area to keep Real in charge at the top of the table, with El Classico to come next weekend.

In Saturday's early kick-off, Deportivo La Coruna eased their relegation concerns after beating Malaga 2-0 to record a first victory in five LaLiga games.

Depor had only picked up one point in four matches since stunning Barcelona 2-1 a month ago, but second-half goals from Joselu and Pedro Mosquera helped them see off Malaga.

On loan Stoke forward Joselu opened the scoring two minutes after half-time at the Riazor when he powerfully headed home a left-wing cross.

Substitute Mosquera added a second in the 67th minute with a close-range finish to earn Depor, who started the weekend just six points above the drop zone, a much-needed win.

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