Real Madrid 2-0 Eibar: Hosts cut the gap on Atletico to three points

Real Madrid 2-0 Eibar: Hosts warm up for Liverpool clash with routine win and narrow the gap on leaders Atletico Madrid to three points as goals by Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio see off LaLiga strugglers

  • Asensio opened the scoring four minutes after having a goal ruled out for offside
  • The midfielder lifted the ball over the keeper despite slipping as he struck it
  • Benzema secured victory with a header from a cross by Vinícius Junior
  • Real take on Liverpool on Tuesday before facing Barcelona on Saturday

Karim Benzema warmed up for Liverpool by scoring for the seventh consecutive match for the first time in his Real Madrid career.

His header on 73 minutes from Vinicius’ cross made it 2-0 and finally finished off stubborn Eibar.

It was Brilliant Benzema’s 18th goal in LaLiga. He has scored nine in his last seven matches and has 24 now in all competitions.

Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema were on target as Real Madrid eased to victory on Saturday


REAL MADRID (3-4-2 -1): Courtois, Militão, Nacho, Mendy, Vázquez, Modric (Kroos 61), Casemiro, Marcelo (Vinícius Junior 68), Asensio (Rodrygo 61), Isco (Arribas 68), Benzema (Mariano 80)

GOALS:  Asensio (41), Benzema (73)

EIBAR (4-1-4-1): Dmitrovic, Pozo, Rodrigues de Oliveira, Arbilla, Soares Alves (Valdés Díaz 81), Álvarez, León (Rodrigues 76), Diop (Atienza 76), García (Enrich 61), Gil (Inui 45), Kike

He is on form and so are Madrid who are now three points behind leaders Atletico Madrid who play Sevilla on Sunday.

Benzema almost scored after just three minutes when he was gifted the ball by Alejandro Pozo’s slopp pass. 

He breathed a huge sigh of relief when Benzema tried to finish instead of picking out the unmarked Sergio Asensio and Marko Dmitrovic got down well to make a good save.

Two minutes later and Pozo was back in trouble with Marcelo turning away from him into space and crossing deep to Benzema who headed past Dmitrovic. Madrid celebrated but the flag was raised.

On minute nine Marcelo crossed again from the left where he was operating as a wing-back in Madrid’s 3-5-2. Casemiro went down under a challenge from Rafa Soares but VAR ruled that he had not pulled the Brazilian down.

Vinícius Junior stood up a cross for an unmarked Benzema to head home from eight yards.

Eibar were lucky to be on terms and their first chance came when Anaitz Arbilla tried to catch Thibaut Courtois out from his own half but was wide of the target.

The next audacious effort was from Asensio and it came back off the crossbar. Eibar defenders were expecting a cross but Asensio went for goal and hit the woodwork.

Pozo then got forward and skipped past Nacho before curling a shot just wide. The Madrid defender was one card from missing next weekend’s Clasico and not in the mood to rush in as the defender broke.

Marco Asensio opened the scoring just four minutes after having a goal ruled out for offside

Eibar’s greatest threat so often comes from 20-year-old Bryan Gil but he was having to chase Lucas Vazquez more than the Madrid man was chasing him. He was also booked for a shirt pull on his rival and almost saw a second for a foul on Casemiro.

On 36 minutes Madrid had the ball in the back of the net again and again it was ruled out for offside. Isco’s cross-shot was back-heel flicked through the legs of Dmitrovich who already had his hand up as he fell-back the victim of Asensio’s nutmeg.

At the third time of the asking Madrid finally took the lead. Casemiro lost the ball in midfield but in a flash won it back and played a killer ball through to Asensio whose first touch sent him into space from where he clipped his shot over the dive of Dmitrovic.

Asensio lifted the ball over the advancing goalkeeper despite slipping as he struck it

Gil was now hobbling and after a chat with Eibar coach Jose Luis Mendilibar on the touchline Takashi Inui began to warm-up. He came on for the winger at the restart. Pape Diop forced Courtois to make another save but Madrid more than deserved their half time lead.

Asensio had been the man of the first half and after the restart he went close to a second with another curling shot from distance that Dmitrovich tipped over.

Benzema had the next chance from Lucas’ pinpoint cross but he headed harmlessly over the crossbar.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema had a goal disallowed for offside in the first-half

For all their dominance Madrid were still only 1-0 up and with the rain now come down diagonally Courtois’ error almost gifted an equaliser.

Lucas played the ball back to the keeper who thought he had the measure of it but it picked up pace in the wind and went past him. He recovered sliding in to hook it clear and ending up tangled in the back of his own net but still with his clean sheet intact.

Casemiro then had the ball in the net once more, only for the flag to be raised again. Casemiro passed the ball into the net from outside the area but substitute Sergio Arribas had been offside.

Benzema falls over an advertising board during the Laliga encounter on Saturday

Benzema finally got the calming second from Vinicius’ perfectly weighted cross.

He has now scored 187 goals for Real Madrid and is the fourth highest scorer in the club’s history.

He has only Raul, Alfredo di Stefano and Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of him. It was a nice way to go into the biggest week of Madrid’s season when they face Barcelona between home and away meetings with Liverpool. They have a better chance with Benzema in this form.

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