Cristiano Ronaldo Double Gives Real Madrid Narrow Win Over Eibar

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Ronaldo scored twice, his second six minutes from the end, as Real won 2-1 and avoided another slip-up in La Liga.

Former Wigan defender Ivan Ramis headed in an equaliser for Eibar and it looked like they would secure a point.

The Portuguese forward now has 14 league goals in his last eight matches and has scored in each of his last seven games in all competitions, netting 13 in total in that sequence.

Despite the victory, Zidane's men remain 12 points shy of league leaders Barcelona and four short of Atletico Madrid, and they have played a game more than both of their rivals.

Ronaldo couldn't poke a 54th minute shot with the outside of his boot on target following some good build-up play, while Modric probably should have passed to an unmarked Ronaldo at the back post after breaking through the Eibar defence, and pulling his shot just wide.

Toni Kroos and Luka Modric returned to the starting line up along with Gareth Bale.

Isco and Casemiro formed the top and tail of a midfield diamond.

Raphael Varane had to be replaced by Nacho early on after taking a bang to the head but, against the run of play, Real edged ahead in the 33rd minute.

Ramos nodded the ball into the bottom corner after meeting Pedro Leon's corner.

Isco and Kroos made way for Benzema and Lucas Vazquez with 19 minutes left but Eibar had two golden chances to score a second.

Zinedine Zidane's side was under some real pressure though, and Keilor Navas was forced to tip a curling Kike from 20 yards wide of his post. They would soon prove costly misses.

Ronaldo put Madrid ahead in the 34th minute after Luka Modric intercepted a ball from defender Aritz Arbilla and placed a flawless pass for the Portugal forward to control with his chest and fire in. His whipped cross found the leaping Ronaldo and the Portugese made no mistake.

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