Isco nets brace in Real Madrid win

Oct 02, 2017, 00:43
Isco nets brace in Real Madrid win

Gareth Bale has been left out of Real Madrid's squad to face Espanyol on Sunday, with the Wales global nursing a calf complaint.

Victory on Sunday means Real have won back-to-back league games for the first time this season, and while that may have seemed minor in recent years, every win will be cherished given the team's current standing.

Portuguese worldwide Cristiano Ronaldo provided the superb assist for the 25-year-old Spaniard who curled the ball at the far corner of the post.

Ronaldo was instrumental again as his surging run created the space for Isco - who started the move by winning possession - to collect Asensio's pass and slide into the bottom corner past Lopez.

Zinedine Zidane: "We will see tomorrow [how Gareth Bale is]".

Zidane said: "He has a strain, it's nothing important, but here we do not like to take risks if a player has something small".

"We would love to play all our games here at the Bernabeu", Zidane said when asked if his side were negatively affected by the demanding atmosphere of their stadium. The match starts at 19:45 on 1 October 2017.

"I am happy that he [Marco Asensio] has renewed".

"I'm not going to get involved in issues between the club and Cristiano Ronaldo, but I don't think that there's any problem between them", Zidane said.

See: Real Madrid v Espanyol live stream.

The pair are joined on the sidelines by Theo Hernandez, Karim Benzema, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo.

The Spain global was the star of the show and netted either side of half-time, but again Real looked to be lacking their usual bite, even with talisman Cristiano Ronaldo in the starting lineup for the third straight league game.

RCD Espanyol: Gerard Moreno has been in fairly decent goalscoring form, and has formed a promising partnership with Leo Baptistao. With Gareth Bale a doubt as well, things will revolve around Ronaldo and he simply has to deliver - a situation in which he thrives.

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Zinédine Zidane or Quique?

Spanish champions Real Madrid will return to action with a trip to capital rivals Getafe after the global break, while Espanyol's next league match is at home to Levante. Leaving Real Madrid in the shade when it comes to La Liga.