Real Madrid managed to hold off an impressive Sporting Gijon side to win their Spanish Primera Divison fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday 2-1.
- Real Madrid 2 Sporting Gijon 1
- Ronaldo opens scoring
- CR7 completes his brace
- Gijon pull one back
- Cop misses penalty
A quickfire brace for Cristiano Ronaldo put Real in control within the first twenty minutes.
However, Carlos Carmona Bonet pulled one back for Gijon, just after the half-hour mark and they fought valiantly till the end of the game but Zinedine Zidane's men held firm to secure all three points.
After a slow start to the game, the hosts drew first blood after Isma Lopez brought down winger Lucas Vázquez in the area in the fifth minute.
Cristiano Ronaldo smashed in the subsequent penalty to ease the nerves of the home supporters.
Ronaldo grabbed his second just before the twenty minute mark, securing his 50th goal in the 2016 calendar year.
The Portugal international met Nacho's pin-point delivery and his bullet header left Diego Mariño with no chance.
With the two early goals, the Los Blancos faithful seemed ready to witness a high-scoring affair but Gijon dug deep and were the better side for large spells of the encounter.
Ten minutes before the break, forward Carlos Carmona grabbed pulled one back for the visitors, meeting a swift cross and knocking the ball gently with the outside of his foot past an outstretched Keylor Navas.
After deservedly getting a goal back, the second half proved to be a tricky encounter for Los Blancos.
Marino provided the crowd with dramatic entertainment when he produced a world class save to keep Karim Benzema from scoring, with a point-blank range header.
The save proved to be crucial when Nacho was booked on the 77th minute and gave away a penalty in the process.
Nonetheless, he breathed a huge sigh of relief as Croatian forward Duje Cop sent the resulting penalty into the stands.
The win for the home side, solidifies their lead at the summit on 33 points, seven points ahead of second place Barcelona while the Rojiblancos – remain in 18th spot with nine points.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) November 26, 2016
In a game played earlier in the day, Malaga and Deportivo de La Coruña were involved in a classic.
Malaga managed to edge Branquiazuis 4-3 at the La Rosaleda in their seven goal thriller with the visitors now six games without a league win.
Celso Borges opened the scoring for Depor from the spot in the fourth minute before Malaga hit three with Michael Santos, Sandro Ramirez and Michael Santos all netting.
Romanian forward Florin Andone made it 3-2 for the visitors and with nine minutes to go Borges grabbed his second to equalise but it wasn't to be for Gaizka Garitano – as a stoppage time winner from Javi Ontiveros won it for Malaga.
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) November 26, 2016