Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Laliga: Ronaldo strikes double against Eibar

Laliga: Ronaldo strikes double against Eibar

But Real Madrid were not to be denied the three points and it was Ronaldo, in the 84th minute, who grabbed the victor.

There was no embarrassment from Ramos after the game, as he joked about the incident on Instagram, posting a picture of him celebrating with Ronaldo.

Eibar attempted to get back into the match for the second time, but Real were able to hold on to an important win which effectively keeps the club in the race for the runners-up spot in Spain's top flight.

Modric returned from a hamstring injury and was Madrid's most influential player through the 90 minutes, with Zidane saying he had changed an initial plan to substitute him in the second half.

Gareth Bale and Isco returned, having been on the bench at Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, with the Spain global in particular having a quiet game.

Isco's not been having a disco in 2018.

Barcelona increased its lead in the Spanish league without star Lionel Messi, who took leave to attend the birth of his third son on Saturday. "He went to the bathroom".

Ronaldo struck against the flow of play in the 34th when Luka Modric intercepted a pass and set him up.

After struggling early in the season to find the net in La Liga, Ronaldo has scored 14 goals in his last nine games in the competition.

Raphael Varane had to be replaced by Nacho after taking a bang to the head and, against the run of play, Real edged ahead in the 33rd minute. After the home side equalised the score after halftime, the Portuguese goal machine came from behind and rescued three crucial points for Zinedine Zidane's men.

The Whites have won eight out of the past 10 matches in La Liga but shipped goals regularly in that period and looked susceptible to crosses into the box. The 31-year-old reappeared to finish the game but the question remained, where did he go?

Rodrigo Moreno netted his 11th and 12th league goals.

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