It was one of the rare moments when somebody would steal the thunder from Cristiano Ronaldo.
In Real Madrid’s latest win in the La Liga, it was Isco who got most of the limelight.
He struck twice as champions Real Madrid beat Espanyol 2-0 to register their first home win of the season in the Spanish top-tier tournament over the weekend.
The Spanish playmaker, whose full name is Francisco Roman Alarcon Suarez, found the back of the net in each half.
His inspiring feat enabled Zinedine Zidane’s men to stay stayed within seven points of early leaders Barcelona.
Espanyol mounted a comeback after the break but Isco’s second after 71 minutes all but dashed their hopes.
The 25-year-old Isco was brilliant throughout the match at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
He had his first chance with just 22 seconds on the clock.
Espanyol had not even touched the ball when Sergio Ramos made a long pass forward and Isco chased it into the box.
He tried to put it past Pau Lopez but the Espanyol goalkeeper keeper made a stop.
Isco opened the scoring just before the half-hour just like his missed earlier chance.
This time it was Real main man Ronaldo who played the through-ball and this occasion Isco made no mistake as he sent the ball past the advancing Lopez.
Isco has been enjoying a good run of form lately, thus adding to his popularity.
This has led some overzealous fans to try to approach him, just like what happened in Israel last Monday.
After Spain’s 1-0 win over Israel in their last qualifying game, a fan carrying a knife rushed forward to meet him but security personnel were quick to intervene and led the man away.
Isco just shrugged off the incident and appears raring to start for Real Madrid in their Saturday match at Getafe in the La Liga.
With Isco showing he, too, can be relied upon when the going gets tough, Real Madrid are sure to rebound in a big way as they continue to chase rivals Barcelona.