Madrid - Zinedine
Zidane labelled Cristiano Ronaldo as "from another galaxy" after the
striker's double dragged Real Madrid to a 2-1 win over Eibar in La Liga
Ronaldo headed in an 84th-minute winner at the Ipurua Municipal
Stadium, having earlier put Real in front with an emphatic near-post
finish. Eibar's Ivan Ramis had equalised in between to give the home
But Ronaldo's two goals mean he has now scored in seven consecutive
games and boasts a remarkable 13 goals overall in that period.
The 33-year-old's tally for club and country this season stands at 35 goals in 37 appearances.
"For me he's from another galaxy," Real coach Zidane said.
that he will score. He is a different, special player. The statistics
speak for themselves."
Real move four points behind second-placed Atletico Madrid, who can
restore that gap to seven with a win over Celta Vigo on Sunday. Eibar
After securing a 5-2 aggregate victory over Paris Saint-Germain in
the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, Real swapped the Parc des
Princes for the smallest ground in La Liga, with a capacity of just over
They were below their best and rode their luck late on when Eibar
should have converted a pair of excellent chances, before Ronaldo made
Gareth Bale started up front alongside the Portuguese, while Luka
Modric and Toni Kroos, fit enough only to come off the bench in midweek,
Modric was excellent throughout, the Croatian providing a sublime pass with the outside of his foot for Ronaldo's opener.
"It's true that after 15, almost 20 days, Luka came in and made a great game," Zidane said.
"He is an important player for us and what he has done, he has done very well."
Raphael Varane had to be replaced by Nacho early on after taking a
bang to the head but, against the run of play, Real edged ahead in the
A sloppy pass out from the back by Anaitz Arbilla conceded possession
to Modric, who quickly picked out Ronaldo. He chested the ball down and
slammed it in at the near post.
In front, Real improved but five minutes into the second half and
Eibar were level. Sergio Ramos lost his man at a corner and Ramis nodded
in from six yards.
Ronaldo should have restored the advantage but failed to convert an
excellent Bale cross and from the resulting corner, Bale flashed a
glancing header just wide of the post.
Isco and Kroos made way for Benzema and Lucas Vazquez with 19 minutes left but Eibar had two golden chances to score a second.
First, the unmarked Takashi Inui headed over from seven yards out and
then Kike Garcia hit the side-netting with only Keylor Navas to beat.
They would soon prove costly misses.
In the 84th minute, Pedro Leon gave away possession too easily,
allowing Modric to feed Dani Carvajal out wide. His whipped cross found
the leaping Ronaldo and he made no mistake.