Published: Sun, March 05, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Benzema steps up as Madrid thump Eibar

Benzema steps up as Madrid thump Eibar

The opener arrived on 14 minutes when Benzema followed up after Yoel had saved his initial effort to register just his second league goal since October.

Real Madrid: Navas 6, Pepe 5, Ramos 5, Nacho 6, Danilo 5, Casemiro 7, Modric 6, Asensio 8, James 8, Vazquez 6, Benzema 9. From his cross Rodriguez leant back and smacked the post, and Asensio mopped up the rebound. Meanwhile, the France centre-back remains on the sidelines after having already missed the last two games due to a hamstring injury.

Failed to win the last match against Las Palmas yesterday at Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid has lost their top ranking position to their most rival club another Spanish giant Barcelona.

In addition to injured Coentrao and Raphael Varane, Zidane won't be able to play Gareth Bale and Alvaro Morata who are both suspended - the Welshman received a direct red card against Las Palmas, while Morata accumulated five yellow cards. He got on the end of a James delivery and knocks it into the net completely unmarked.

With the La Liga title chase getting tighter and tighter with every passing game, Real Madrid will want to pile the early pressure on Barcelona and Sevilla by getting the better of Eibar on Saturday.

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Real Madrid have been handed a signficiant transfer blow after news broke that top target Paulo Dybala is on course to sign a new deal with Juventus.

Karim Benzema ended a goal drought of seven Liga games by scoring against Eibar. But with its stars out, the team struggling, and Eibar playing well at home, the visit looked a challenging one for Madrid.

Marco Asensio made it 4-0, before Pena managed to grab a consolation for the hosts.

"It is very different to English football in terms of style and then you have the levels of scrutiny and attention, especially if you are at Real Madrid".

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