Today, Eibar came to Santiago Bernabeu, with whom the Real do not have the best memories. In November last year, Benzema and the company lost 3:0 at the exit. In the last league match, Zidane's charges presented themselves very poorly and fell in a battle with Valencia. Now the loss of points was no longer an option.
Real Madrid: Navas- Reguilon, Nacho, Varane, Odriozola- Isco (91' Diaz), Valverde, Modric (77' Vazquez)- Asensio, Benzema, Bale (77' Kroos)
Eibar: Dmitrovic- Angel, Oliveira, Ramis (54' Orellana), De Blasis- Alvarez, Cucurella (84' Charles), Jordan, Escalante, Cardona (74' Pena)- Enrich
The Real trainer has to deal with the plague of injury to his team. Thibaut Courtois, Daniel Carvajal and Vinicius were not present for today's match. Despite staffing problems, the hosts from the very beginning went to mass attacks on the rivals' goal. Already in the 5th minute Gareth Bale was alone with the goalkeeper, which he could not use. In the 8th minute the ball landed in the net for the first time. Karim Benzema defeated the goalkeeper with his heel, while the referee did not give consolation to the Frenchman for too long. A few seconds later he whistled the burned one and the gate was not recognized.
After a strong start of the hosts, the pace of the game has slowed down a little. Eibar players tried to attack their rivals with high pressing. The defenders of the Real were forced in this way to kick the ball from their own penal field, which usually resulted in a loss. The hard work of the guests was rewarded in the 39th minute, when Marc Cardona opened the result of the meeting. The Spanish attacker received a perfect perpendicular pass from his friend with help and defeated Keylor Navas with a certain shot.
Real players were not able to respond to the hitting of guests. They still had no idea how to threaten the opponent's goal. After a good start, Zidane's charges looked worse and worse with each passing minute. The French trainer certainly had a lot to say to his players in the locker room.
After a break, Real players finally regained their peace of mind in playing football. Eibar players did not approach so high and played more conservatively. In the 56th minute Benzema defeated the goalkeeper for the second time in this game and was on fire for the second time when the shot was fired. Three minutes later fate finally smiled to the Frenchman. Marco Asensio crossed the ball straight over Karim's head and Real's sniper couldn't be mistaken in this situation. So we had a draw and further rivalry was promising to be very interesting.
In the second half Isco looked very good. The Spaniard played the ball in the middle of the field and was the most frequently fouled player on the field. After the break we had a lot of fighting in the middle of the field and everything indicated that the match would end in a draw. However, I was in a huge mistake, because ten minutes before the end of the regular game time, again the captain of Real remembered about himself. The hosts briefly played a corner throw, Toni Kroos sent the ball into the penalty field, and it was there that the French sniper, who defeated the goalkeeper of Eibar for the second time, found the best.
After losing another goal, the guests clearly fell off their strength and were unable to carry out any more attacks. At the end of the match they desperately defended themselves against subsequent attacks of their rivals. In the added time of the game no goal was scored and the final result of this competition is 2:1. Certainly the players of Eibar deserve praise after this meeting, because in the first half of the game they did not leave the higher ranked rival. Real players, on the other hand, should bet Benzema on triple beer.