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, The Canadian Press

BARCELONA, Spain – Karim Benzema scored one goal and set up another to lead Real Madrid to a 3-1 win in Eibar on Sunday The defending champion remained tied on points with Atlético Madrid at the top of the Spanish league

Zinedine Zidane’s side are behind leaders Atlético in terms of goal difference Atlético have played two games fewer than Madrid. Their city rivals are three points ahead of Real Sociedad and eight points ahead of Barcelona, ​​who are fifth behind Villarreal / p>

Benzema opened the goal in the sixth minute when he controlled an expert pass from Rodrygo before throwing the ball past goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic

The French striker assisted Luka Modric on Dec.after trickling around a defender and the Croatian midfielder arriving unmarked at the edge of the field Modric shot his right foot into the top of the net

Eibar stayed true to coach José Mendilibar’s style of play, which put pressure on the field and what looked like a possible Madrid router turned into a fun competition

Kike García brought Eibar on 28 back into play when the striker scored a brilliant hit from outside the box and shot a long shot out of reach of Thibaut Courtois and inside the far post

Both attacks continued to create scoring opportunities, but the defense kept the score from moving until the interruption

Moments after Sergio Ramos blocked an opportunity from Eibars Pedro Vigas, Lucas Vázquez beat Dmitrovic in an attack on the other end, sealing Madrid’s fourth straight win

“Our first 20 minutes were spectacular, we got the ball out of the back well, we moved well and when these players play like this it looks easy,” said Zidane. “But it’s normal for us to have ours Had Difficulties This is a difficult place to play against a rival who never lets up ”

Eibar remained at home without a win in eight games at Ipurúa Stadium As the lively performance against Madrid shows, the 14th Eibar’s place has been very hard to beat in recent weeks. It went into the game unbeaten in six games, a run in which it only conceded two goals

For Kike, Eibar is not the same team at home without his supporters Spain has not allowed fans to play since the COVID-19 pandemic in March

“We don’t have our people with us. They’re our fuel,” said García after his impressive goal didn’t put an end to his team’s confusing record at home

“Last year we were strong at home and struggled on the streets Now we miss our fans very much. We hope this is over soon and things get back to normal ”

The veteran striker converted a Luis Suárez penalty on Nov.before he went on to scored a second goal

Granada climbed to sixth place, tied with Barcelona. The Andalusian club will visit Madrid on Wednesday

“We’re going to try to win our next game at Real Madrid,” said Soldado. “We’re going to do everything we have We believe our hard work and style of play will allow us to take the three points””

Brais Méndez scored twice to ensure Celta Vigo maintain their convincing turnaround since Argentinian Eduardo Coudet took over last month’s 2-0 win over Alavés was fourth in a row, putting him in eighth Place

Juan “Cucho” Hernández tossed a long blow just under the bar to open for Getafe Nemanja Maksimovic added a second goal late

Raúl de Tomás scored a stunning goal to help Espanyol take the lead in Spain’s runner-up

The striker threw the ball over the head of a defender before triggering a goal from the center of the field that went over the Almeria goalkeeper

Real Madrid, Eibar versus Real Madrid

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Source: https://www.tsn.ca/karim-benzema-leads-real-madrid-to-win-at-eibar-1.1566823