Isco Leads Real to Malaga Win

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MADRID (Dis­patches) - Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and Gareth Bale were both rested and Real Madrid hardly broke sweat as they beat Malaga 2-1 on Sun­day to climb to third in La Liga.

Isco scored one and set up an­other at La Ros­aleda in a com­fort­able vic­tory for a much-changed Real side, fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day’s last-gasp Cham­pi­ons League win over Ju­ven­tus.

Diego Rolan grabbed a con­so­la­tion for Malaga with the last kick of the game but the re­sult was never in doubt. “To­day I can be happy with a job well done,” Real coach Zine­dine Zi­dane said. As well as Bale and Ron­aldo, Luka Mo­dric and Raphael Varane were left out, with the all-im­por­tant Cham­pi­ons League semi-fi­nal against Bay­ern Mu­nich loom­ing next week.

But Isco did his chances of a start in Ger­many no harm at all by bend­ing in a free-kick that both Ron­aldo and Bale would have been proud of, and then gen­er­ously tee­ing up Casemiro when he might eas­ily have fin­ished him­self.

After scor­ing his first Real goal in nine ap­pear­ances against his for­mer club, Isco held his hands up apolo­get­i­cally, and he en­joyed a warm re­cep­tion from the Malaga fans when sub­sti­tuted in the sec­ond half.

“He has al­ways been im­por­tant, de­spite what ev­ery­one thinks,” Zi­dane said of Isco. “He is im­por­tant, even if some­times you think I have some­thing else in my head.” Vic­tory means Los Blan­cos leapfrog Va­len­cia, who were beaten by Barcelona on Satur­day, but re­main four points be­hind Atletico Madrid in sec­ond.

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