Messi nets 2 as Barca rebounds before Juve and Madrid games

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Isco was the main protagonist in this afternoon's meeting between Sporting and Real Madrid.

Real Madrid suffered a set back in La Liga last week, conceding a late goal in the Madrid derby to draw 1-1 with Atletico Madrid.

"We've given every last bit in a hard game".

The Spanish worldwide starred by scoring twice, including a 90th-minute victor, as a much-changed Real side remained three points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a 3-2 win at Sporting Gijon on Saturday. They had two chances and scored two goals, we created a lot of chances.

Barcelona hosts Real Sociedad on Saturday, its first match since losing 3-0 at Juventus in the Champions League this week. But, in the end, we have played a lot of hard games.

"This is the difficulty of this position, to put good players on the bench from time to time".

"It is a relief to be able to take the three points, that is was what we wanted". "I've already said many times that I want to stay here for a long time and I hope that is what happens". "We didn't control the game like we should have", he added.

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Isco then scored his second and his team's third goal through a long-range effort to seal a 3-2 victory for Madrid in the final minute of regulation time. He received the ball on the edge of the area, beat two opponents with a lovely bit of skill with his heel, then fooled the next defender before placing the ball in the top corner of Cuéllar´s goal with a precise left-footed shot.

It was Sporting that made the breakthrough in the 14th minute when Cop allowed a wonderful pass from Mikel Vesga to drop straight onto his left foot, and the striker's volley found a route past Kiko Casilla in the Real Madrid goal.

He gave a brilliant assist to Morata in the second goal for Los Blancos and he nearly scored in the 61st minute from a header.

Goalkeeper Keylor Navas has also been left out of Madrid's squad for the Sporting game, leaving Zidane with depleted numbers to choose from.

Nevertheless, Zidane is putting his eggs in the Champions League quarterfinals basket, when Bayern Munich will be looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit on Wednesday.

Carrasco was denied his hat-trick by a fine save from Salvatore Sirigu before the Italian 'keeper made an even better stop to deny Thomas Partey seconds later.

Saturday kicks off with Deportivo la Coruna desperate for a win at home against a Malaga side that has climbed away from the relegation zone, thanks to consecutive wins, reports Xinhua news agency.

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