REAL MADRID VS SPORTING GIJON: 3-2
Isco late goal keeps Real Madrid on the hunt of LaLiga title race. Isco and Morata help Real Madrid to edge past Sporting Gijon in a narrow 3-2 victory. Spanish star forward Isco showed his sublime form with two excellent goals.
As the match started in El Molinon Stadium Coach Zinedine Zidane took some tough decisions to rest their key players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, and Karim Benzema they played a tough game earlier this week against Bayern Munich. A new frontline striker was introduced as to test their bench strength capabilities in form of Lucas, Morata and Marco. These players showed the great skill of character by pulling off a thriller in last minutes of the match. Real Madrid took the fields with a formation of 4-3-3 showing a great emphasis on defence, whereas Gijon placed a formation of 3-2-3-2. If we look at the stats Real Madrid has defeated Gijon each time they played against them. Both the teams started to attack each other but it was Gijon who got successful to score a goal in 14’of the game when Mike Vesga plays a delightful chipped pass over the top of Madrid defence into the penalty box where Cop did no mistakes to put one into the nets. Real Madrid was not going to sit back and repent as they counter-attacked in 17’ as Madrid Midfielder Isco shows some wonderful footwork to skip past Gijon defenders and scored from the left-footed strike from 12 yards. Madrid kept on testing Gijon defence when Kovacic pushed an overlapping run into the danger area but couldn’t hold the ball as Gijon managed to clear the danger. Overall Real Madrid took 18 shots out of which 6 were on target. At the end of half-time scores were on tie with 1-1.
Madrid started the second half from where they left by putting huge pressure on Gijon defenders. In 50’ Once again it was Gijon who managed to score when Babin gets well behind the back post and heads an angled cross into the far corner away from the goalkeeper. Coach Zidane was seen angry with players as they allowed them to take the lead. In 59’orata comes to rescue Madrid with Danilo superb right-hand side cross where Morata at the back post headed the ball powerfully across and into the nets. As the match progressed Madrid played more aggressively as they had almost 69% of ball possession in the entire match. In the 90’ Isco goal finally, put the game into Madrid favour. Isco picked the ball 20 yards away from nets and then fired a low shot to the bottom corner of the nets. Thus, at the end of Full-time Real Madrid just managed to pull the game into their favour with a score of 3-2.
• Real Madrid is among the top five European League with most headed goals. Real Madrid lead by Barcelona to six points at the top of the table toppers.
• Isco now had 9 goals this season with 7scored and 2 assist in his last eight LaLiga matches.
• Alvaro Morata has scored 12 goals this season 3 more than Benzema.