Cristiano Ronaldo brace edges Real Madrid to victory at Eibar

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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.

After the intermission, and with a goal in their pocket, Real Madrid tried to slow the game's pace, but Eibar did not allow them to.

After the win, Real sits in the third spot with 57 points, four points behind second-placed Atletico Madrid, who are scheduled to take on Celta Vigo on Sunday.

Cristiano Ronaldo's hot streak continued as he scored twice as Real Madrid won 2-1 at Eibar today.

But Ronaldo proved the difference again, the 33-year-old taking his tally for the season to 35 goals in 37 appearances.

Zidane added: 'He's from another galaxy.

Madrid had used all three subs already, one of which saw Raphael Varane replaced by Nacho after just 28 minutes.

Eventually Madrid appeared to exert a degree of control and Ronaldo - following a moment of Luka Modric inspiration - opened the scoring in the 34th minute, continuing his brilliant recent form.

In front, Real improved but five minutes into the second half and Eibar were level.

From the resulting corner, Bale got above the Eibar defence, only to divert his glancing header wide of the post, but the opportunity suggested that the visitors were starting to up the tempo.

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

Eibar should have put themselves ahead 14 minutes from the end when Escalante nodded the ball to Takashi Inui and he headed well over from close range. They would soon prove costly misses. His whipped cross found the leaping Ronaldo and he made no mistake.

Eibar stormed into the game, pushing Real Madrid onto the other half of the field, with the visitors unable to find the spaces they needed despite their best efforts, reports Efe.

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