Eibar 1-2 Real Madrid: Varane forced off with head injury

  • Eibar 1-2 Real Madrid: Varane forced off with head injury

Eibar 1-2 Real Madrid: Varane forced off with head injury

Real move four points behind second-placed Atletico Madrid, who can restore that gap to seven with a win over Celta Vigo on Sunday.

Los Blancos were being held to a 1-1 draw at Ipurua as Cristiano Ronaldo's opener had been cancelled out by Ivan Ramis when, after 76 minutes, the centre-back left the field of play without explanation. Spain global Rodrigo Moreno scored either side of halftime to inflict a third home defeat in little more than two months on Sevilla, whose best chance of getting back into Europe's elite competition now likely rests on them winning the tournament.

Zinedine Zidane had insisted the success in Paris was now "forgotten" and his starting line-up suggested as much, with Karim Benzema the only key player rested.

Ronaldo put Madrid ahead in the 34th minute after Luka Modric intercepted a ball from defender Aritz Arbilla and placed a flawless pass for the Portugal forward to control with his chest and fire in.

However, when his French manager was asked about his player's absence following Cristiano Ronaldo's late victor, the former midfielder was only too happy to explain the somewhat vomiting-inducing reason behind it.

And the visitors were ahead after 34 minutes when Modric intercepted a pass from Anaitz Arbilla before playing a sumptuous through-ball for Ronaldo to drill home at the near post. Sergio Ramos lost his man at a corner and Ramis nodded in from six yards.

REAL MADRID defender Raphael Varane was forced after a nasty clash of heads with Eibar forward Kike Garcia. They would soon prove costly misses.

Dmitrovic produced another wonderful save to thwart Ronaldo from 12 yards after a great cross from Bale before the Welshman glanced a header just wide of the far post as a second Madrid goal looked imminent. His whipped cross found the leaping Ronaldo and the Portuguese made no mistake.