Isco netted a brace as Real Madrid struggled to overcome Sporting Gijon before claiming a late 3-2 win in their Primera Division clash at Estadio Municipal El Molinon on Saturday afternoon.
- Sporting Gijon 2-3 Real Madrid
- Cop on target on 14'
- Isco levels on 59'
- Vesga restores Sporting's lead on 50'
- Morata levels for Real on 59'
- Isco nets the winner in injury-time
Duje Cop opened the scoring with a well-taken volley from close range before a super Isco equaliser into the top corner of the Sporting net.
Mikel Vesga put the hosts ahead again with his looping header before Alvaro Morata's powerful header leveled the scores.
And with time running out, Isco popped up with another fine finish to hand Real all three points.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) April 15, 2017
Real boss Zinedine Zidane made a raft of changes for this tie and he nearly paid the price, only for Isco to secure his side a late winner.
Despite the change in personnel, Madrid started brightly and bossed possession early on.
Lucas Vasquez broke down the left flank and cut a good ball back from the byline, for the first real chance of the tie, but Jean-Sylvain Babin was well placed to head clear ahead of Morata.
Sporting then came close to an opener on eight minutes as Carlos Carmona looked set to steer a Cop knockdown on target, but Nacho got a vital deflection with his outstretched leg.
Vasquez then headed over the Sporting goal when free in the box before Cop gave the hosts a 14th minute lead. The striker raced onto a cheeky Mikel Vesga chip over the Madrid defence and hit his volley low past Kiko Casilla.
But before they could savour their lead, Real had equalised, through Isco, with 17 minutes played.
The midfielder beat three Sporting defenders inside the box before curling an unstoppable shot into the top left hand corner of the net.
Madrid continued to threaten as Vasquez crossed to Morata at the back post, but he only succeeded in heading over the crossbar.
Morata was correctly ruled offside as he netted on 29 minutes before James Rodriguez crossed from the left-hand side towards Vasquez at the back post, but Jorge Mere was on hand to turn the ball away from danger.
Real continued to boss the game at the start of the second half, and Pichu Cuellar made an excellent save to deny Nacho as he connected to a Rodriguez free-kick.
And the save proved to be important as Mikel Vesga put Sporting ahead again on 50 minutes The player met a Babin header from the left to loop his header over Casilla and into the far corner of the net.
James failed to beat Cuellar with a 54th minute effort before Morata found a second equaliser for the visitors, with 59 minutes played.
Morata rose the highest in the box to head home a Danilo cross from the right-hand side, and power his header back across goal.
Isma Lopez fired just wide as Sporting looked to find a third goal, before Morata was flagged offside after firing in minutes later.
Real pressed for a winner though, with Isco dancing his way into the box before finding Danilo, who in turn fed Marcelo at the back post, but his drilled effort was just inches off-target.
Mariano failed to find the target with his 81st minute header from a good Rodriguez delivery but Real were to finally find the goal their play deserved, as Isco swept home at the near post from the left hand side after a pass forward from substitute Marcelo.
— Real Madrid C. F. (@realmadrid) April 15, 2017