Ronaldo's brace rescues Madrid in Eibar

Ronaldo's brace rescues Madrid in Eibar

But, with Ramos back on the pitch Cristiano Ronaldo headed in his second of the game as Real snatched a 2-1 win.

Despite starting poorly, Cristiano Ronaldo gave Real Madrid a first half lead, getting on the end of a through ball played from deep by Luka Modric to smash home a clever finish at the neat post.

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.

However, it was Zinedine Zidane's charges got the all important second goal courtesy of a fine header from Ronaldo.

Ronaldo almost doubled Real's lead just before the break but goalkeeper Marko Dmitrović produced a superb to keep out Portuguese's effort from distance.

But he was back on the pitch to see Cristiano Ronaldo score his second goal of the game with what turned out to be the victor. "He knows that he will score". He is a different player, a special player.




Real are third in the Liga standings, trailing Liga leaders Barcelona by a remarkable 15 points in the standings and seven behind city rivals Atletico.

"For me, he's from another galaxy", Real coach Zidane said.

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

After securing a 5-2 aggregate victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last-16 on Tuesday, Real swapped the Parc des Princes for the smallest ground in La Liga, with a capacity of just over 7 000.

Eibar stormed into the game, pushing Real Madrid onto the other half of the field, with the visitors unable to find the spaces they needed despite their best efforts, reports Efe.

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