Marcelo: 'No easy games for Real Madrid after Gijon scare'

Real Madrid will be without Ronaldo and Benzema, Bale this weekend as Champions League looms

At this point in the La Liga season, a win is all Madrid needs.

The first opportunity of the match came for Sporting in the eighth minute when Moi Gomez picked out the head of Duje Cop from a wide position, but the striker's downward effort was hacked clear by Nacho at the vital moment, before Vasquez headed a super Danilo cross over the crossbar down the other end.

Real can't afford to rest on their laurels as they now prepare for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Bayern, a fixture made simpler by last Wednesday's 2-1 turnaround in Germany. "I'm more than satisfied with my players' ability to deal with their frustration after what happened in the Champions League".

Madrid, which has a game in hand, hosts Barcelona next round in a "clasico" match that will go a long way to determining the league champion.

The Spain worldwide has struggled for first-team football this season and has only featured in 77 minutes of Madrid's Champions League campaign this season, despite being fully fit for the majority of the campaign.

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.

Isco struck twice in victory at Sporting Gijon on Saturday. When we want everyone, they're there. Although the team allowed two quick goals, they still were able to shine and dig out a win.

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The midfield magician's second goal was crucial as it handed Madrid the victory in the 90th minute.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said "there is no such thing as luck in football".

Following strikes from Mikel Vesga and Alvaro Morata, the 24-year-old midfielder then won the valuable three points for Los Blancos with a last-minute goal, taking his side to the top of the Liga table.

"It will be very hard in Madrid but we still have confidence". He nearly scored in the first minutes of the second half but Cuéllar prevented it with a great save.

At big clubs like Real Madrid, resting several key players together is often considered a taboo and has brought poor results along with it. Credit must be given where due to the Osasuna goalkeeper, Salvatore Sirigu, who is on loan from PSG, judged both the penalties (from Carrasco and Thomas Partey) correctly, and stopped Carrasco's hat-trick and further humiliation to team. "It is the difficulty of this job, having to leave very good footballers on the bench, but I have to make decisions".

It was a seventh win from eight in all competitions, while they will hope to stretch their unbeaten run to 11 games when they travel to northern Spain to take on Sporting Gijon, who will end the weekend in the bottom three even if they upset the odds on Saturday afternoon.

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