Register Login Scores

International

The Isco Kid Heads For Real Stardom

Isco is sure to be the hero for Real Madrid many times in his career.

The young Spanish international midfielder joined Los Blancos from Malaga with great fanfare at the end of last season, and he has already started repaying his hefty transfer fee after just one La Liga outing.

In Isco’s bright future there will be countless dead ball masterpieces, perfectly weighted assists, dribbles, passes and the occasional expert finish. But even after all the highlights that are certain to come, Isco will never forget his La Liga debut for Real Madrid.

The Madrid giants were made to sweat by Real Betis in their season opener, and in the end, their hard fought win came from the unlikeliest of sources: Isco’s head.

Surging into the box from midfield late into the game, Isco rose above the stretched Betis defence to power home an expert, and unexpected, winning header.

It was a dream debut for the amiable youngster, and he was overjoyed to announce himself as a Madrid man in such heroic circumstances.

“It’s the first goal I’ve scored from a header in La Liga and I’m very happy to win three points,” Isco said breathlessly after the game.

“We were a little surprised by Betis, but it’s the first match of La Liga, we need to improve but it was important to win.”

Meanwhile, it was relief for Carlo Ancelotti after his own league debut for Madrid.

Having fallen behind to an early goal, Madrid looked in trouble. And itchy fingers were already trembling, waiting to get the knives out for a new manager who made the brave political decision to keep club legend Iker Casillas on the bench.

The Italian says that for now he will reassess who will be his first-choice ‘keeper on a game-by-game basis.

He was generally satisfied with the way Real got their league campaign underway, but accepts that his team must make steady improvements, especially as far as their defence is concerned.

“We can improve, it’s normal,” Ancelotti said after the game.

“We created lots of opportunities to score by combining well, especially on the wing. The problem was defence, on the whole.

“In the first-half there was no balance, we didn’t play together and we had problems. In the second-half we were better in this regard. In my opinion that was the problem in this match, the defence”.

Do you agree that Real’s first priority should now be to sort out their defence? Tell us in the comments section below.

Isco Amazing Goal Debut Real Madrid 2 1 Betis ) 18 08 2013 HD

Funny Penalty Pepe Elche vs Real Madrid 1-2

Aguero Refutes Real Madrid Transfer Rumours

14 comments

Top 5

Chiefs To Put Billiat On The Market

134 Feb 26, 2021 09:58 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Another Multimillion-Rand Claim Against Celtic?

5 Feb 26, 2021 01:42 PM in Siyagobhoza

20 Nominees For Stadium Of The Year Revealed

4 Feb 25, 2021 08:27 PM in World News

Can Sundowns Trio Emulate ‘CBD’?

24 Feb 26, 2021 03:59 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Chiefs To Put Billiat On The Market

134 Feb 26, 2021 09:58 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Chiefs In Talks To Sign Swallows Star

68 Feb 28, 2021 09:01 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

R3m For Benni’s Influential Duo?

2 Feb 26, 2021 03:01 PM in Siyagobhoza

20 Nominees For Stadium Of The Year Revealed

4 Feb 25, 2021 08:27 PM in World News

Chiefs Confirm Special Flight, Release Travelling Squad

172 Feb 25, 2021 01:02 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

18 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Another Ex-Bafana Star To Land PSL Coaching Job

Feb 25, 2021 05:01 PM in Siyagobhoza

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Injury Update On Pirates’ Lorch

7 Feb 26, 2021 07:24 AM in Orlando Pirates