Spanish La Liga
Real Madrid2Sporting Gijón1

Real Madrid 2-1 Sporting Gijon

Cristiano Ronaldo scores penalty
Real Madrid were wearing a one-off shirt partly made from plastic waste found in the ocean

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice but Real Madrid rode their luck to beat Sporting Gijon and go six points clear at the top of La Liga overnight.

The European champions looked in control when Ronaldo scored twice in the first 18 minutes.

His opener was a penalty and his second was a header from Nacho's cross - his eighth La Liga goal in four games.

But Carlos Carmona pulled one back and Duje Cop missed a penalty for the visitors with 13 minutes left.

The Croatia international, who appeared to check his pulse just before taking the kick, fired high and wide after Nacho was penalised for fouling Victor Rodriguez.

Real went seven points clear briefly, but Sevilla beat Valencia 2-1 on Saturday evening to trim that lead by one point. Champions Barcelona can take it back down to four points on Sunday at Real Sociedad (19:45 GMT).

Ronaldo's double takes him up to 10 La Liga goals for the season, two above Barcelona pair Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the golden boot race.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 23Danilo
  • 3Pepe
  • 4RamosSubstituted forMarceloat 72'minutes
  • 6NachoBooked at 77mins
  • 19Modric
  • 16KovacicSubstituted forIscoat 81'minutes
  • 17Vázquez
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forAsensioat 72'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 9Benzema

Substitutes

  • 2Carvajal
  • 12Marcelo
  • 13Casilla
  • 14Casemiro
  • 18Mariano
  • 20Asensio
  • 22Isco

Sporting Gijón

  • 13Mariño
  • 2Pereira dos Santos
  • 16Castellano Castro
  • 4Meré Pérez
  • 5AmorebietaBooked at 40mins
  • 18López Blanco
  • 19CarmonaBooked at 66minsSubstituted forVigueraat 76'minutes
  • 6Álvarez Díaz
  • 8Ait AtmaneBooked at 61minsSubstituted forCases Moraat 81'minutes
  • 23Gómez BardonadoSubstituted forRodríguez Romeroat 76'minutes
  • 24Cop

Substitutes

  • 3Babin
  • 7Rodríguez Romero
  • 10Cases Mora
  • 15Canella
  • 21Torres Buigues
  • 25Viguera
  • 30Whalley Guardado
Referee:
Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
Attendance:
67,118

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamSporting Gijón
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home19
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 2, Sporting de Gijón 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 2, Sporting de Gijón 1.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Lillo.

Attempt blocked. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Isco.

Corner, Sporting de Gijón. Conceded by Nacho.

Attempt blocked. Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Isco.

Attempt saved. Duje Cop (Sporting de Gijón) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Isma López with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Sporting de Gijón. Nacho Cases replaces Rachid.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Isco replaces Mateo Kovacic.

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Duje Cop (Sporting de Gijón) right footed shot is high and wide to the right. Duje Cop should be disappointed.

Booking

Nacho (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Nacho (Real Madrid) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Sporting de Gijón. Víctor Rodríguez draws a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Sporting de Gijón. Víctor Rodríguez replaces Moi Gómez.

Substitution

Substitution, Sporting de Gijón. Borja Viguera replaces Carlos Carmona.

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

Lillo (Sporting de Gijón) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo with a cross following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Marcelo replaces Sergio Ramos.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Marco Asensio replaces James Rodríguez.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lillo (Sporting de Gijón).

Attempt missed. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic.

Foul by James Rodríguez (Real Madrid).

Rachid (Sporting de Gijón) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Carlos Carmona (Sporting de Gijón) is shown the yellow card.

Pepe (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carlos Carmona (Sporting de Gijón).

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luka Modric with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Jorge Meré.

Attempt blocked. Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pepe.

Danilo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Moi Gómez (Sporting de Gijón).

Attempt saved. Nacho (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Booking

Rachid (Sporting de Gijón) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rachid (Sporting de Gijón).

Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

Isma López (Sporting de Gijón) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 26th November 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid13103036112533
2Sevilla138322418627
3Barcelona1282232131926
4Villarreal126421981122
5Real Sociedad127142113822
6Atl Madrid1263325111421
7Eibar136342016421
8Ath Bilbao126241613320
9Malaga135442119219
10Espanyol134631717018
11Celta Vigo125251822-417
12Las Palmas124442120116
13Real Betis134271425-1114
14Alavés123451116-513
15Leganés134181125-1413
16Valencia133281724-711
17Dep La Coruña132471323-1010
18Sporting Gijón132381227-159
19Osasuna121471223-117
20Granada120571026-165
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