After victory at Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday ended a run of six trips to Dortmund without a win, Real Madrid were intent on recording their first home win in LaLiga on Sunday evening, with Espanyol the visitors.
They did indeed take all three points, as Isco scored a brace as part of a midfield masterclass.
Isco has enjoyed a quite wonderful eight months and he has carved out an almost guaranteed spot in Zinedine Zidane’s first-team lineup.
The 25-year-old’s performance at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday was a perfect illustration of his development, as he has added goals to his game and is able to combine this with fine creative play from a deeper midfield position.
His first goal came from a fine pass from Cristiano Ronaldo, as the Portuguese forward found Isco in space inside the penalty area and he duly slotted the ball past Pau Lopez just after half an hour.
Nerves well and truly took hold of Los Blancos in the second half and the pressure to record a home win in LaLiga was clear for all to see, with the visitors manufacturing several chances for themselves.
A poorly placed pass from Esteban Granero gave the hosts an opportunity to create some breathing space, as Real Madrid countered with pace from the middle of the pitch, with Marco Asensio cutting the ball back to Isco on the edge of the penalty area before the midfielder placed his shot into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.
Zidane then substituted Isco in the final minute of play, allowing him to enjoy the standing ovation afforded to him by the home crowd.