Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos not letting Cristiano Ronaldo off defensive duties

Zidane conceded that Isco deserves more time on the pitch after recent performances

Zidane conceded that Isco deserves more time on the pitch after recent performances

Just before their match, Barcelona simply destroyed Sporting Gijon by 6 - 1 and so, they replaced Real and claimed the top position.

There were goals from James Rodriguez and Marco Asensio, two players who had fallen out of the first-choice squad.

Despite rallying to secure a positive result, the dropped points allowed Barcelona to move above Real after they had earlier beaten Sporting Gijon 6-1.

You can see the full stat in the tweet below from our friends at WhoScored.

Scoring goals could be a problem for Real Madrid in this match, with Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Alvaro Morata all out of this game.

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He then squared for James, whose curling effort bounced off the post before Asensio reached the rebound and produced an impressive left-footed finish from a hard angle. "Today we got back to playing well from the very start, playing with intensity", Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.

Madrid soon doubled their advantage when Rodriguez's wicked in-swinging free-kick left Benzema with the simplest of tasks to knock the ball home from point-blank range. The biggest point of concern for Zidane will be the loss of key men in his attack due to suspensions. In a season, there are lots of different moments and a team can't always play well. We have a great group of young and experienced players, who are fighting for the same objectives.

Keylor Navas had still not been troubled by the time Madrid scored their fourth after an hour and Benzema was involved again with his chip sending Asensio racing towards goal. We knew that it would be a tough pitch to play on.

"We have performed well in all of our home games and if we perform to a high standard, then we can make Real Madrid's life hard".

Bale will be suspended after the first red card of his Real career in midweek as Madrid fell a point behind Barcelona at the top of the table.

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