Spanish La Liga
Eibar0Real Madrid2

Eibar 0-2 Real Madrid

Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo celebrate Real Madrid's second goal at Eibar
Real Madrid secured their fourth away win of the season at Eibar

Gareth Bale's header and Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty eased the pressure on manager Rafael Benitez as Real Madrid earned an unspectacular win at Eibar.

Bale glanced in a Luca Modric cross just before half-time to claim his third goal of the season.

Ronaldo then scored his 16th after Lucas Vazquez was tripped late on.

Real avoided a third successive league defeat for the first time since the end of the 2008-09 season to move six points behind leaders Barcelona.

Benitez had received the backing of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez following his side's 4-0 defeat by Barcelona in last weekend's Clasico.

But the position of the former Liverpool manager would have been placed under further scrutiny had Real failed to beat the smallest club in La Liga and lost more ground in the title race.

Gareth Bale wins an aerial challenge for Real Madred at Eibar
Bale scored his first La Liga goal since August

Seventh-placed Eibar had lost only twice in the league this season and held their own for long periods.

But despite fielding a makeshift defence missing the injured Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Marcelo, Real's lead was rarely threatened once Bale broke the deadlock before the interval.

Ronaldo missed good chances either side of the break when he had just goalkeeper Asier Riesgo to beat.

But he ended his frustration from the spot eight minutes from time after Dani Garcia brought down substitute Vazquez, as Real secured the result Benitez badly needed.

Benitez said: "We knew they were playing well, that they are an intense and aggressive team. That's why the victory has more merit.

"We are in November. We have had injuries and the games are getting tougher. We have a great team and we are going to keep fighting until the end."

Elsewhere in La Liga

Valencia had defender Joao Cancelo and midfielder Javi Fuego sent off either side of half-time as they lost 1-0 to Seville.

Afterwards, Valencia coach Nuno Santo confirmed that he would be leaving his position.

Villarreal missed the chance to move into the top four as a 2-0 defeat at Getafe means they have won only one of their last seven league games.

Angel Lafita and Alvaro Vazquez scored the goals which lifted Getafe four points clear of the relegation places.

Striker Aritz Aduriz, 34, scored a hat-trick and took his total for the season to 20 goals as Atletico Bilbao won 3-0 at Rayo Vallecano.

Real Madrid players celebrate Gareth Bale's goal at Eibar
Bale has now scored 31 times in 61 starts in La Liga
Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez
Benitez has overseen just two defeats since taking over at Real Madrid in the summer
Cristiano Ronaldo fails with an overhead kick at Eibar
Cristiano Ronaldo had failed to score in his last two La Liga games
Cristiano Ronaldo shows his frustration
Ronaldo was denied two penalty claims before he had the chance to score from the spot

Line-ups

Eibar

  • 13Riesgo
  • 7Capa
  • 15Dos SantosBooked at 31mins
  • 3Pantic
  • 17Juncà
  • 5EscalanteBooked at 89mins
  • 14García Carrillo
  • 24González MoralesSubstituted forVerdiat 70'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21Berjón PérezSubstituted forHajrovicat 85'minutes
  • 9Enrich AmetllerSubstituted forArruabarrenaat 86'minutes
  • 8Inui

Substitutes

  • 1Iruretagoiena Aranzamendi
  • 2Verdi
  • 4Ramis
  • 6Pascual Israfilov
  • 10Arruabarrena
  • 11Hajrovic
  • 19Luna

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 15CarvajalSubstituted forBenzemaat 85'minutes
  • 3PepeBooked at 61mins
  • 6Nacho
  • 23Danilo
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forVázquezat 65'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 19Modric
  • 8Kroos
  • 16KovacicBooked at 37minsSubstituted forCasemiroat 79'minutes
  • 11BaleBooked at 63mins
  • 7Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 9Benzema
  • 13Casilla
  • 14Casemiro
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 18Vázquez
  • 21Cheryshev
  • 33Lazo Romero
Referee:
Jesús Gil Manzano
Attendance:
5,892

Match Stats

Home TeamEibarAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home8
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home20
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Eibar 0, Real Madrid 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Eibar 0, Real Madrid 2.

Booking

Simone Verdi (Eibar) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simone Verdi (Eibar).

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Gareth Bale following a fast break.

Foul by Nacho (Real Madrid).

Mikel Arruabarrena (Eibar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Gonzalo Escalante (Eibar) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gonzalo Escalante (Eibar).

Pepe (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simone Verdi (Eibar).

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simone Verdi (Eibar).

Substitution

Substitution, Eibar. Mikel Arruabarrena replaces Sergi Enrich.

Substitution

Substitution, Eibar. Izet Hajrovic replaces Saúl Berjón.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Karim Benzema replaces Daniel Carvajal because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Eibar 0, Real Madrid 2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty Real Madrid. Lucas Vázquez draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Dani García (Eibar) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Casemiro replaces Mateo Kovacic.

Attempt missed. Takashi Inui (Eibar) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Booking

Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

David Juncà (Eibar) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Pepe (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Simone Verdi (Eibar).

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luka Modric with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Dani García.

Danilo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Takashi Inui (Eibar).

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Eibar. Simone Verdi replaces Adrián.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by David Juncà.

Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gonzalo Escalante (Eibar).

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