Eibar 1-2 Real: Ronaldo brace saves Los Blancos blushes - FCNaija
La Liga By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 10/03/2018
Cristiano Ronaldo's brace was enough to save Real Madrid sloppy display against Eibar at the Ipurua Stadium on Saturday as Los Blancos edges dominant Eibar 2-1 to claim the three points.Eibar dominated the game in the early minutes as the home team created few chances but failed to capitalise on the Real Madrid sloppy defence.Real Madrid had their first ball in the opponent area but Cristiano Ronaldo was flagged off-side in the 16th minute. Keylor Navas put in an excellent performance to stop Eibar counter attack.Eibar made Real Madrid struggle in the opening 26 minute as the Champions were made to chase the ball all around without creating a threat up front.Pedro Leon played in a free-kick but Jordan couldn't get the right contact to connect ball. Zinedine Zidane made his first substitute as Raphael Varane was substituted for Nacho Fernandez.Bale was shown a yellow card in the 30th minute for raising his boot high, he was almost on the verge of scoring Real Madrid first goal but he wasted the effort and Ronaldo was unable to finish it up.Ronaldo broke the deadlock in the 34th minute to give Real Madrid the opener after he was let loose from the edge area.Sergio Ramos almost give Real Madrid the second goal but his heading went wide the post after Kroos played in a corner kick in the area.Ronaldo fired in a shot but Eibar goalkeeper was up to the task to prevent further damage to Eibar in the 42nd minute and Luka Modric had a decent run in the Eibar area but the goalkeeper was equal to it in the 43rd minute of the encounter.Real Madrid ended the first half with a slim lead 1-0 over the host.Ivan Perez was shown a yellow card for his complaints to the referee as the players head into the dugout.Real Madrid started the second more ball possession but the Champions quickly fell behind after Ramis equalised for the home side in the 50th minute through a beautiful heading from a corner kick.Real Madrid pushed out to get their second goal after as Ronaldo effort went over the crossbar in the 53rd minute of the match. Modric dribbled his way into the opponent's area but his delivery couldn't find any Real Madrid player for a tap-in in the 54th minute.Ronaldo was denied the second goal for Real Madrid as Eibar goalkeeper was on the full stretch to save the attacker's effort. Ronaldo had another chance to put Real Madrid ahead after he controlled the ball excellently with his ball but the Portuguese forward was unable to cap it with a good finish.Zinedine Zidane opted for double substitution as Isco made way for Lucas Vazquez and Toni Kroos for Karim Benzema. Eibar had a better opportunity to the lead but they were wasteful and unable to capitalise on their chances.Ronaldo gave Real Madrid the lead with just six minutes to end the game as he headed in the second goal for the champions to claim a brace.Real Madrid will welcome Girona in their next La Liga game on Sunday.