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Cristiano Ronaldo Brace Sees Real Madrid Past Eibar in La Liga

11 March, 2018, 01:53 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • He knows where he is,’ says Zidane after benching Bale

Ronaldo put Madrid ahead in the 34th minute after Luka Modric intercepted a ball from defender Aritz Arbilla and placed a flawless pass for the Portugal forward to control with his chest and fire in.

Eibar's Ivan Ramis had equalised in between to give the home side hope.

The irrepressible striker had the final say, however, meeting a cross from Dani Carvajal in the area and powering the ball beyond the Serbian goalkeeper in the 84th minute, scoring a 13th goal in his last seven games in all competitions.

Madrid - who lost Raphael Varane to a head injury - gained a foothold, though, with Gareth Bale forcing the approaching Marko Dmitrovic into action in the 32nd minute. He knows he is going to score. He is a different, special player.

Ronaldo has roared back from a feeble start to the season, when he scored just once in his first eight league games, to reach 18 goals in the campaign.

Real Madrid won the match 2-1.




After almost half an hour, Real's coach Zinedine Zidane was forced to make the first change, bringing in Nacho for Raphael Varane, who left the field after a skull-to-skull collision with Kike Garcia.

Real´s win in La Liga moves them to within four points of second-placed Atletico Madrid, who play at home to Celta Vigo on Sunday.

"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.

Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane sent on Karim Benzema and Lucas Vazquez to look for the victor.

But he returned just in time to see in-form Cristiano Ronaldo grab his second goal of the match - and 33 of the season - to secure a 2-1 victory.

Real Madrid's form prior to the last 16 clash against the French giants raised many questions as to whether they could withstand the attacking strength of Unai Emery's side.

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