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Isco strikes to keep Real Madrid in control of LaLiga

Isco strikes to keep Real Madrid in control of LaLiga

Zidane did not say who will replace Bale, but Francisco "Isco" Alarcon - who scored twice to lead Madrid to a late 3-2 win over Sporting - is expected to start.

Ahead of another Champions League salvage mission there is no room for error for Barcelona as they try to chase down Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

That turned out to be Sporting's only shot on target in the opening 45 minutes, per WhoScored.com, and Isco made up for earlier misses just three minutes after Cop's incision to pull Real level thanks to some silky footwork inside the area.

As if the Real Madrid midfielder's early equaliser against Sporting Gijon wasn't good enough, Isco went on to seal the victory with a dramatic injury time victor.

This being said, Real haven't had things their own way because the league leaders fell behind after Croatian striker Duje Cop gave the hosts the lead.

"It is in our DNA to fight until the end at Real Madrid and today we pulled it off". Marco Asensio, Lucas Vasquez and Alvaro Morata were also among those to come into the XI.

Real Madrid's Nacho Fernandez protests a decision of referee during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Sporting de Gijon, at El Molinon stadium in Gijon, northern Spain, Saturday, April 15, 2017.

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. Boss Luis Enrique therefore has a delicate balance to find between resting some of his star names ahead of another Champions League rescue mission in midweek and still having enough to see off a Sociedad side battling for a place in the Europa League. Whether Bayern play at home or away they don't change how they play.

Real will be aiming to at least maintain their three-point lead at the top of the LaLiga table but, despite the teams' differing fortunes this season, Zidane is taking nothing for granted. "I want to thank Real Madrid for the opportunity to build a wonderful at this club, and to my teammates as well".

"That is the hard part of this job, leaving very good players on the bench".

Despite all of the players rested, Madrid's side still featured an embarrassment of riches - with Isco and James Rodriguez the two men fighting it out for a future in the Spanish capital.

The Bundesliga giants, who trail 2-1 from last week's first leg in Bavaria, landed in Madrid on Monday lunchtime and will train at the Bernabéu in the evening.