Isco insists his future is at Real Madrid

Isco insists his future is at Real Madrid

Isco insists his future is at Real Madrid

Lionel Messi kept Barcelona's title hopes alive with two goals and an assist to see off Real Sociedad 3-2 as Spain's top two edged five-goal thrillers ahead of next weekend's El Clasico.

After the match, Isco said, "The girl asked me to make the sign that means "I love you" if I scored".

Antoine Griezmann slotted past Kasper Schmeichel last Wednesday night in the Champions League for his first successful penalty attempt of his club season, suggesting that Atletico Madrid's trouble from 12 yards out was behind them.

Centerback Sergio Ramos was the only first-choice player in Madrid's starting 11, which included rare showings by backs Fabio Coentrao and Danilo and midfielders Marco Asensio and James Rodriguez. It is not over yet; they have got quality players who are risky. The goal came from the club's forward, Duje Cop, at minute 14 of the match.

Zidane said it was Isco's best match with Madrid.

However, Barca passed up the chance to enjoy a comfortable evening in a three-goal spell in as many minutes just before half-time.

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to reach 100 European goals with a brace in Munich, and Zidane added: "We have to be pleased that he says he'll be firing on all cylinders until the end of the season". Isco avoided three defenders inside a crowded area before lashing a left-footed strike just inside the top corner of the goal frame.

Mikel Vesga's looping header put Sporting, who started the day five points adrift of safety, back in front at the start of the second half.

Lucas' angry kick at the bench when he was substituted late was a useful summary of the frustration consuming his Madrid team-mates until Isco bailed them out magnificently - making his most convincing argument to date that he deserves to be more than a supporting character under Zidane.

"I've said it many times", Isco said.

Zinedine Zidane's side are unbeaten in their last 10 fixtures, having won 8 and drawn 2 of them - the latest of which came against Atletico Madrid last week, when they were handed a reprieve after Barcelona suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Malaga. I'm anxious about it because I don't like to see players out injured and all the more so during the run-in.

First, Osasuna goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu brought down Correa, only to save Carrasco's spot-kick with two minutes left.

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

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