Zidane's Gamble Pays Off As Real Win Five-Goal Thriller

Real Madrid stayed on course to win the Spanish league title on Saturday as Los Blancos picked up a 3-2 away win at Sporting Gijon.

The result puts the pressure back on Barcelona, who must beat Real Sociedad later on Saturday to avoid the gap at the summit being greater than three points when the Santiago Bernabeu hosts El Clasico next weekend.

Sporting took the lead via Duje Cop who finished brilliantly past Kiko Casilla (as Keylor Navas was rested for the tie), from a lovely dinked ball from Mikel Vesga.

However, as they have done so many times this season, Real grabbed the winning goal in the 90th minute as Isco bagged his second goal with another fine finish into the bottom corner.

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Sporting always appeared destined to welcome a barrage of pressure after manager Joan Francesc Ferrer started with five in defence, meaning Real's midfield was able to develop an iron grip over possession early on.

Bale underwent surgery on his right ankle at the end of November, sidelining him until he made a return as a substitute against Espanyol on February 18.

The key today was Isco´s performance, who capped off a great game by scoring the victor in the 90th minute.

Madrid should have extended their lead at the start of the second half.

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Ramos sent his header off target from a corner before Isco finally broke through Sporting's tiring rearguard when he drilled a right-foot shot past Cuellar which nestled just inside the post.

"I am at the best team in the world, there is no bigger team than Madrid and I feel fortunate", said Isco. With the team we have, we can do damage to any side - our DNA at Real Madrid is to fight to the end and we have done that.

The Spanish giants took a giant stride towards the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday after coming from behind to see off 10-man Bayern Munich 2-1 at the Allianz Arena.

Far from being bitter with head coach Zidane, having made only his 15th league start of the season, Isco says he can not fault the former Galactico as Madrid sit pretty at the top of the table.

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From then until the end of the first half it was all Real Madrid, who had two clear opportunities to go in the front, before the break.in front.

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