Spain worldwide Isco offered a sublime demonstration of his value to Real Madrid with two excellent goals in the 3-2 win at Sporting.
Real Madrid have scored 18 goals after the 80th minute in #LaLiga this season; more than any other club.
Luis Enrique's men have now kept just two clean sheets in their last 13 games.
Real Madrid avoided a setback in the La Liga Santander title race as Isco's late victor saw them beat Sporting Gijon 3-2 to maintain their lead atop the table. They need any points they can get even if that involves a superhuman effort against Real.
Real Madrid full-back Marcelo explained how "there is never an easy game" for the club after Saturday's 3-2 win at Sporting Gijon.
"This Is a relief in order to score and take the three points, that was what we needed".
Isco hinted that he could sign a contract extension with Real Madrid after his two-goal heroics against Sporting Gijon. But, in the end, we have played a lot of hard games. There is little time to rest and those who played today were phenomenal.
The decision comes with Madrid facing crucial matches against Bayern Munich and Barcelona in the week following the Sporting clash.
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"I've already said many times that I want to stay here for a long time and I hope that is what happens", Isco told Spanish outlet AS. He finished the game without a yellow card that would prohibit him play El Clásico next weekend.
Sporting's joy was short-lived as Isco was allowed a touch too much room inside the area, shuffled away from Carlos Carmona, skipped past Vesga and Fernando Amorebieta, and lashed a shot into the top corner for a similarly high-quality equaliser.
Madrid survived an almighty scare in its 3-2 victory at Sporting on Saturday, overturning a 2-1 deficit as Isco struck the victor with eight seconds of regulation time remaining.
A looping header from Mikel Vesga put the Asturian side back in front five minutes into the second half but Real equalised again just before the hour through Alvaro Morata before Isco bagged a late victor.
"Bale won't feature, " Zidane said.
Atletico Madrid rested forward Antoine Griezmann ahead of Tuesday's Champions League match at Leicester, when it will defend a 1-0 first-leg victory. Atletico had two penalties saved, Salvatore Sirigu making two saves in two minutes.
Earlier on Saturday Deportivo La Coruna beat Malaga 2-0 to move nine points clear of the relegation zone, with Sporting Gijon still 18th, on 22 points.