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Isco has said that he wants to stay, but he also wants to play on a regular basis; given his recent form Madrid should give him the assurances he needs and get him to put pen to paper as soon as possible.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were left out of the squad entirely alongside the injured Gareth Bale, whilst Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Marcelo had to settle for a place on the bench.

"I feel unfair to all of those who do not play - there are 24 players and it will always happen".

Isco has squashed speculation that he is to leave Real Madrid this summer, saying that he wants to remain at the "biggest club in the world" for many years to come. "But this is the spirit of Real Madrid, we have shown it before and we'll show it again".

Not to count out Sporting, but they've beaten Real Madrid just one time in the league since the 1996/97 season.

But Alvaro Morata headed Madrid level again in the 59th, and the pacesetters kept pushing until Isco netted the victor.

The second, in the 90th minute, was especially sweet as the Andalusian shaped to curl a 20-yarder to the far post, but instead cut his shot back through the legs of his marker to totally surprise Sporting goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar.

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Real Madrid's struggling defence will probably have to keep Bayern Munich's deadly striker Robert Lewandowski at bay in the Bernabeu to reach the Champions League semi-finals.

"It's hard, there isn't time to rest, but we have been working very well and we're good physically".

The gesture bore a resemblance to the "sign of the horns", which you might often see at heavy metal concerts but Isco was not coming out as a metal-head. They had two chances and scored two goals, we created a lot of chances. We were not playing like we should.

Real Madrid were behind for less than three minutes, however, with Isco producing a wonderful piece of skill inside the Sporting box before picking out the top corner with a curling effort to level the scores in Gijon.

A looping header from Mikel Vesga put the Asturian side back in front five minutes into the second half but Real equalised again just before the hour through Alvaro Morata before Isco bagged a late victor.

Yannick Carrasco struck twice and Filipe Luis added another goal as third-placed Atletico eased past bottom-side Osasuna, 3-0. Atletico had two penalties saved, Salvatore Sirigu making two saves in two minutes.

Joselu Sanmartin and Pedro Mosquera scored to help Deportivo move away from the relegation zone.

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