Ronaldo leads Real Madrid to 2-1 win over Eibar

Gareth Bale Zinedine Zidane

Eibar, playing at home, equalized off a corner kick in the 50th minute and looked like it might steal a point from the reigning league champs.

Los Blancos had a couple more chances to extend their lead before the halftime break, but Eibar shot-stopper Marko Dmitrovic did well to keep the visitors at bay.

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.

Not the flawless situation at the best of times; however, Ramos' plight could have been made even worse in Madrid's famous all-white dress. "He's an important player and there are other players in the team that are also important", Zidane told a news conference ahead of his side's Liga game away to Eibar on Saturday.

Two goals by Cristiano Ronaldo, either side of an equaliser by Iván Ramis, saw Zinedine Zidane's men run out 2-1 winners in the Basque Country.

Los Blancos were forced into a first-half change as Nacho replaced Raphael Varane, who sustained a knock to the head in the 28th minute.




In front, Real improved but five minutes into the second half and Eibar were level.

Eibar appeared to target Madrid's full-backs and their crosses from both flanks continued to trouble, even if they often just missed the intended target.

Ronaldo seemed destined to restore their lead when Bale passed into the area just after the hour mark, but Dmitrovic produced a sensational save to deny him.

Isco and Kroos made way for Benzema and Lucas Vazquez with 19 minutes left but Eibar had two golden chances to score a second.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his second goal beside Lucas Vazquez after scoring during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and SD Eibar at Ipurua stadium, in Eibar, northern Spain, Saturday, March 10, 2018.

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