Real Madrid seal comfortable win over Eibar to keep pressure on Barcelona in La Liga

Kroos, Ramos and Marcelo on target as Los Blancos cut rival's lead at top back down to two points

MATCH INFO

Real Madrid 3 (Kroos 4', Ramos 30', Marcelo 37')

Eibar 1 (Bigas 60')

Real Madrid made a winning restart to La Liga action as Zinedine Zidane's side defeated Eibar 3-1 at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano.

First half goals from Toni Kroos, captain Sergio Ramos and Marcelo gave Real a 3-0 half-time lead – and a big score looked on the way.

But Eibar made a game of it in the second half and a mistake by Real keeper Thibaut Courtois allowed Pedro Bigas to pull one back.

The win means Barcelona's lead at the top is now back down to two points over old rivals Real.

German midfielder Kroos opened the scoring with an unstoppable drive after just four minutes.

Brilliant movement and passing from Real left Eibar helpless on the half-hour mark and ended with Eden Hazard laying the ball off for Ramos to slot home the second from close range.

Marcelo made it 3-0 in fine style after 36 minutes. Eden Hazard cut in from the wing to force a save from Eibar goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic, the ball is then scrambled into path of the Brazilian defender who smashed home from 15 yards.

Eibar pulled a goal back from out of the blue after an hour when Courtois somehow failed to keep out Bigas' shot from just inside the penalty area.

Zidane brought Gareth Bale and Vinicius Junior off the bench as his side attempted to recover from that shock setback.

But Eibar almost grabbed a second when Pedro Leon found himself in space a but Courtois produced a fine stop.

MATCH INFO

Real Madrid 3 (Kroos 4', Ramos 30', Marcelo 37')

Eibar 1 (Bigas 60')

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