Real Madrid Beat Eibar To Close Gap On Barcelona

Real Madrid beat Eibar 3-1 to move back within two points of Barcelona on Sunday.

With Real’s home ground Estadio Santiago Bernabeu undergoing renovation, the game took place at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.

Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo scored the goals for Madrid in a rampant first half on what was Zinedine Zidane’s 200th game in charge of Los Blancos.

Pedro Bigas scored on the hour mark for Eibar who were much improved in the second half.

Barcelona had beaten Real Mallorca to open up a five-point lead on Saturday.

Madrid, unbeaten at home all season were off to flyer after just three minuted as Kroos beat Eibar’s goalkeeper Dmitrovic with a delightful first-time shot from just outside the area.

A fit-again Eden Hazard then unselfishly squared for Sergio Ramos to tap home in the 30th minute following a move instigated by the centre-half.

Brazilian left-back Marcelo made it three with eight minutes to the interval scoring from a loose ball after Hazard was thwarted by Dmitrovic in a one-on-one.

Eibar were resurgent in the second-half after Madrid made a raft of changes that slowed their momentum and Bigas got a richly deserved consolatory effort for the visitors.