Real Madrid 2-0 Eibar: Hosts warm up for Liverpool clash with routine win and narrow gap on leaders Atletico Madrid to three points as goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio fend off LaLiga wrestlers
- Asensio opened the score four minutes after disallowing a goal for offside
- The midfielder lifted the ball over the goalkeeper despite sliding away
- Benzema secured the victory with a header from a Vinícius Junior cross
- Real will take on Liverpool on Tuesday and Barcelona on Saturday
Karim Benzema warmed up for Liverpool by scoring for the first time in his Real Madrid career for the seventh consecutive game.
His header at 73 minutes from Vinicius’ cross made it 2-0 and eventually finished the stubborn Eibar.
It was Brilliant Benzema’s 18th goal in LaLiga. He has scored nine in his last seven games and now has 24 in all competitions.
Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema were on track when Real Madrid drove to victory on Saturday
REAL MADRID (3-4-2-1): Courtois, Militão, Nacho, Mendy, Vázquez, Modric (Kroos 61), Casemiro, Marcelo (Vinícius Junior 68), Asensio (Rodrygo 61), Isco (Arribas 68), Benzema (Mariano 80)
GOALS: Asensio (41), Benzema (73)
EIBAR (4-1-4-1): Dmitrovic, Pozo, Rodrigues de Oliveira, Arbilla, Soares Alves (Valdés Díaz 81), Álvarez, León (Rodrigues 76), Diop (Atienza 76), García (Enrich 61), Gil (Inui 45), Kike
He is on form and that also applies to Madrid, which is now three points behind leader Atletico Madrid, who will play against Sevilla on Sunday.
Benzema almost scored after three minutes when he got the ball endowed by Alejandro Pozo’s sloppy pass.
He breathed a sigh of relief as Benzema tried to finish instead of picking out the unmarked Sergio Asensio and Marko Dmitrovic landed well to make a good save.
Two minutes later, Pozo had problems again with Marcelo turning away from him into space and crossing deep into Benzema passing Dmitrovic. Madrid celebrated, but the flag was hoisted.
At minute nine, Marcelo crossed again from the left, where he operated as a fullback in Madrid’s 3-5-2. Casemiro went down under a challenge from Rafa Soares, but VAR ruled that he had not brought the Brazilian down.
Vinícius Junior stood a cross for an unmarked Benzema to go home from eight meters.
Eibar was lucky to be on the terms and their first chance came when Anaitz Arbilla tried to catch Thibaut Courtois in his own half, but he was wide of the mark.
The next daring attempt was from Asensio and he came back off the crossbar. Eibar defenders expected a cross, but Asensio went for goal and hit the woodwork.
Pozo then stepped forward and skipped past Nacho before curling a shot just wide. The Madrid defender was one card from missing next weekend’s Clasico and in no mood to run in when the defender broke.
Marco Asensio opened the score barely four minutes after he disallowed a goal for offside
Eibar’s biggest threat so often comes from 20-year-old Bryan Gil, but he had to chase Lucas Vazquez more than the Madrid man was after him. He also got a yellow card for a shirt pull on his rival and saw almost a second after a foul on Casemiro.
After 36 minutes, Madrid had the ball in the back of the net again and again and was again rejected for offside. Isco’s cross-shot was shot backwards by the legs of Dmitrovich, who already had his hand in the air when he fell backwards as the victim of Asensio’s nutmeg.
At the third time of the question, Madrid finally took the lead. Casemiro lost the ball in midfield but won it back in a flash and passed a great ball to Asensio whose first touch sent it into space from where he cut his shot over Dmitrovic’s dive.
Asensio lifted the ball over the advancing goalkeeper, despite slipping when hitting
Gil was now bumpy and after a talk with Eibar coach Jose Luis Mendilibar on the sidelines, Takashi Inui started to warm up. He came in for the winger at the restart. Pape Diop forced Courtois to make another save, but Madrid more than deserved their lead at halftime.
Asensio had been the man of the first half and after the restart he came close to second with another curling shot from distance that knocked Dmitrovich over.
Benzema got the next chance from Lucas’s accurate cross, but he headed harmlessly over the bar.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema got a goal disallowed in the first half for offside
Despite all their dominance, Madrid were only 1-0 ahead and with the rain now coming down diagonally, Courtois’ mistake nearly equalized.
Lucas played the ball back to the goalkeeper who thought he had the beat, but he picked up the pace in the wind and passed him. He recovered from sliding in to hook it clear and became entangled in the back of his own net, but still with his clean sheet intact.
Casemiro then had the ball back in the net, only to raise the flag again. Casemiro shot the ball from outside the goal into the net, but substitute Sergio Arribas was offside.
Benzema falls over a billboard during the Laliga meeting on Saturday
Benzema finally got the calming second of Vinicius’ perfectly weighted cross.
He has now scored 187 goals for Real Madrid and is the fourth highest scorer in the club’s history.
He has only Raul, Alfredo di Stefano and Cristiano Ronaldo in front of him. It was a fun way to enter Madrid’s biggest week of the season when they face Barcelona between home and away meetings with Liverpool. They have a better chance with Benzema in this form.