Ron­aldo hits brace against Eibar

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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.

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo

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