Real Madrid beat Eibar 2-1 in La Liga

Real Madrid beat Eibar 2-1 in La Liga

As Eibar floundered to take opportunities in front of goal, Real crowned an improved second-half as Dani Carvajal set up CR7 who dispatched a powerful header into the roof of the net.

Ronaldo headed in an 84th-minute victor at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium, having earlier put Real in front with an emphatic near-post finish.

Eibar defender Ivan Ramis had seemingly done enough to secure a point for the home side that would have left their visitors trailing second-placed Atletico Madrid by six points, but Ronaldo struck in the 84th minute to rescue the win and ensure Valencia can not leap above them later on Saturday.

"He knows he's going to score, he's unique and special".

Zinedine Zidane had insisted the success in Paris was now "forgotten" and his starting line-up suggested as much, with Karim Benzema the only key player rested. His figures speak for themselves.

The win leaves Madrid third in La Liga, four points behind Atletico Madrid and 12 points off Barcelona at the top of the table.

Ronaldo now has 17 goals in his last 10 games in all competitions and his 18 league goal tally has him closing in on Lionel Messi who has 24.

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Ramos celebrates in the Champions League.

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.

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

Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane sent on Karim Benzema and Lucas Vazquez to look for the victor. His whipped cross found the leaping Ronaldo and he made no mistake.

Real Madrid have won their three league trips to Eibar, scoring 10 goals on aggregate (3.3 on average).

Sevilla trailed Valencia by eight points before kickoff, but that gap was stretched to 11 after two goals from Rodrigo Moreno sealed a comfortable victory.

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