Real Madrid won 2-3 against Sporting Gijón at the 31st week of the regular season doing another great comeback. The team managed by Zinedine Zidane didn’t play their best game in the season but finally they achieved the three points that maintains the distance with Barcelona.
Zinedine did many changes in the line-up thinking on Tuesday’s game against Bayern Munich. The French manager decided to introduce the “Spanish Real Madrid” two weeks later after beating Leganés 2-4 with a similar line-up.
Sporting Gijón started really good the match with a lot of intensity and they had the first chances of the match. In the 16th minute the Asturian side opened the score board from a good goal of Cop, unstoppable for Kiko Casilla. Only five minutes later, Isco tied the clash with a brilliant goal. The Andalusian player did a great play, dribbling two opponents and finishing with a powerful shot. After Isco’s goal, Los Blancos started to control the game, having the ball possession with Isco, and Kovacic being the most active players in the midfield. Sporting Gijón were defending with many players in their box and it was quite difficult to create a chances.
Real Madrid had a great chance to score in the first minutes of the first half from a header of Nacho, but in the 49th minute Sporting Gijón scored their second goal from a header of Mikel Vesga. Los Blancos were not defending good and the team managed by Rubi took advantage of Real Madrid’s mistakes. Now Los Blancos had to do another comeback and it was not going to be easy because Sporting Gijón were very focused, defending good. In the 56th minute Zinedine Zidane decided to introduce Marcelo by Coentrao, the Portuguese left back did a very poor match in maybe his last game with Real Madrid’s shirt.
In the 59th minute Morata tied the game with a great header from a good cross of Danilo. Now it was a good chance to score the third goal because Sporting were having several doubts and Real Madrid started to create very good opportunities being very superior to the Asturian side. In the last minutes the French manager introduced Casemiro by Kovacic with the goal of having the balance in the midfield. In the 89th minute Isco scored the third goal with another wonderful goal guiding another incredible come back.
Real Madrid achieved the victory at El Molinón in a very difficult match against a team that defended really good. We can say that the MVP of the game was Isco because besides he scored two goals, he was the player who guided Los Blancos, being the reference in the midfield. Now the team managed by Zinedine Zidane must prepare Tuesday’s match against Bayern Munich in the second leg of Champions League quarter finals before they receive Barcelona in a crucial week for Los Blancos.