Cristiano Ronaldo has been in amazing form recently and this continued in a big way on Saturday afternoon, as his two goals saw Real Madrid to a very important 2-1 win away from home against Eibar. The game saw Gareth Bale’s return to the starting 11, though he did not have his best game.
After the fantastic success against Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League through the week, it was important that Los Blancos did not let their performance levels drop in this one. With a good run of form between now and the end of the season, a second placed finish in La Liga is not out of the question.
With a 12pm kick off UK time, Saturday’s match kicked off and the hosts actually started the match pretty well. This came to nothing though, and Real Madrid took the lead through Ronaldo on 34 minutes. Luka Modric, starting his first game since coming back from injury, found Ronaldo with a great pass and the Portuguese superstar found the net.
You would have been forgiven for thinking Real Madrid would then go on to win the game comfortably from there but that was not necessarily the case. Five minutes after the break, Eibar equalised through former Wigan Athletic defender Ivan Ramis, who headed home.
It looked as though it may end all square and was level right up until the 84th minute. A mistake at the back from Eibar allowed Dani Carvajal to put the cross in, which Ronaldo headed home, his 13th goal in his last 7 matches.
This turned out to be the winning goal in the contest too, as Real held on for a crucial three points. This has meant that Zinedine Zidane’s side are 3rd in La Liga on 57 points, one point ahead of 4th placed Valencia.