Cristiano Ronaldo double sees Real Madrid edge past Eibar

Eibar Real Madrid PS

Eibar Real Madrid PS

Ronaldo put the European champions ahead in the 34th minute following a handsome pass from Luka Modric.

In the 84th minute, Pedro Leon gave away possession too easily, allowing Modric to feed Daniel Carvajal out wide.

His double means Ronaldo has now scored in seven consecutive games and has a remarkable 13 goals overall in that period.

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.

Ronaldo had two more excellent chances - on either side of Ramis' equalizer - to grab another goal but was denied by superb one-handed saves from goalkeeper Marco Dmitrovic.

Real Madrid won the match 2-1.

With two goals for Real Madrid vs Eibar on Saturday, Ronaldo has averaged 1.7 goals per match over his last 10 appearances.

"The worst part is that their goals both came from our mistakes", Dmitrovic said.

And Eibar's start gave every indication that Zidane's men were in for a long day, as they troubled through Leon in the first minute, the former Madrid winger's cross almost finding Kike Garcia.

The comprehensive 5-2 aggregate victory keeps them on course to win the competition for a third successive season, but Zidane insists he is not thinking of a hat-trick in Europe's elite club competition.

Madrid defender Raphael Varane was substituted in the 26th after a blow to the head.

It was Nacho Fernandez who replaced Varane following his aerial collision, however only Ramos and Theo Hernandez remain as Madrid's established central defenders now available for selection.

Real still have a mountain to climb if they are to topple LaLiga leaders Barcelona, but that has not stopped the Frenchman from believing his side can retain their title. Eibar was left in eighth place.

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