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Edward Snyder | 11 March, 2018, 01:52

Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday led Real Madrid to prevail over Eibar 2-1 in the 28th round of La Liga, avoiding losing more ground to the first two teams in the Spanish top-divison football table.

A sloppy pass out from the back by Anaitz Arbilla conceded possession to Luka Modric who quickly picked out Ronaldo with a sublime bending pass. Ronaldo chested the ball down and slammed it in at the near post.

Ivan Ramis headed in a deserved equaliser shortly after half-time but Ronaldo popped up six minutes from time to convert Dani Carvajal's cross, leaving Zidane delighted.

And that miss would ultimately cost them as Ronaldo netted his second of the match, on 84 minutes, to secure a 2-1 win for Real Madrid.

"He knows he's going to score, he's unique and special".

"This is a very hard ground to come to and they know how to play here". His figures speak for themselves.




The five-time Ballon D'Or victor has scored 14 goals in his last eight LaLiga matches after netting just four times before the turn of the year.

That result sees Real gain three points on city rivals Atletico, though they are still four points adrift of second spot and Diego Simeone's side have a game in hand.

They were below their best and rode their luck late on when Eibar should have converted a pair of excellent chances.

"He's an important player and there are other players in the team that are also important", Zidane told a news conference ahead of his side's Liga game away to Eibar on Saturday.

Isco and Kroos made way for Benzema and Lucas Vazquez with 19 minutes left but Eibar had two golden chances to score a second.

Raphael Varane is now under observation by Real Madrid's medical staff after being forced off with a head injury in Saturday's LaLiga win at Eibar.

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