Ronaldo hits brace against Eibar
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid followed up their Champions League win at Paris St-Germain with victory at Eibar in La Liga.
The hosts started well but Ronaldo opened the scoring with a neat finish from Luka Modric’s ball.
Former Wigan defender Ivan Ramis headed in an equaliser for Eibar and it looked like they would secure a point.
But a defensive error allowed Dani Carvajal to cross and Ronaldo headed in.
Ronaldo, who scored in the 2-1 win at PSG on Tuesday as Real Madrid moved into the Champions League quarter-finals, has now scored 13 goals in his last seven games.
The game also marked a return to the starting line up for Gareth Bale after he was dropped for the trip to Paris in midweek.
Real boss Zinedine Zidane insisted before Tuesday’s game that Bale remains a fundamental part of his plans, but he was not at his best against Eibar.
The Wales international was largely anonymous, although he did play one brilliant cross behind the defence in the second half that should have ended with a Ronaldo goal, but the Portuguese forward’s strike was superbly saved.
But Bale was not the only player to be below his best on Saturday with Real struggling to impose themselves on an hardworking Eibar side.