Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo double sees Real Madrid edge past Eibar

Luka Modric GETTY Luka Modric could be set for a move to Liverpool or Arsenal
Betsy Taylor | 11 March, 2018, 01:51

The Spain worldwide had been partly at fault for Eibar equalising early in the second half through Ivan Ramis, with Madrid's defence guilty of producing a sloppy performance.

Real Madrid have closed the gap on second-placed Atletico Madrid with a hard-fought 2-1 win in Saturday's La Liga clash at Eibar.

Real Madrid have only won three of their last nine league away games (D4 L2), failing to score in three them.

But Ronaldo proved the difference again, the 33-year-old taking his tally for the season to 35 goals in 37 appearances.

Currently, the club is in the best shape possible and their form means they can go all the way to make more history in the Champions League.

Zidane added: "Neymar is a very good player".

Bale struck his eighth Liga goal of the season by opening the scoring in Real's 3-1 win over Getafe on Saturday, though his half-hearted celebration was also seen as a sign of his discontent at being dropped from the starting 11.


However, Ronaldo seized on a mistake from Eibar's defender Anaitz Arbilla and used a brilliant pass from Luka Modric to find the back of the net in the 33rd minute.

Real were ragged early on as Takashi Inui, Kike Garcia and Joan Jordan all went close to giving Eibar the lead.

And from the resulting corner, Ramis lost Sergio Ramos and headed beyond the helpless Navas to equalise.

Ronaldo subsequently punished that miss, meeting Dani Carvajal's right-wing cross with a powerful header that gave Dmitrovic no chance and sent Madrid back to the capital victorious.

Lucas Vazquez and Karim Benzema replaced Isco and Toni Kroos as Zidane looked to raise the tempo and find a second goal. His whipped cross found the leaping Ronaldo and he made no mistake.

The Real Madrid vs Eibar match was just further proof he's once again at the top of his game.

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