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Eibar v Real Madrid Live Commentary, 20/12/2020

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Kike García (28)
K. Benzema (6)
L. Modrić (13)
Lucas Vázquez (90+2)
Estadio Municipal de Ipurúa


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Real will look to close 2020 with victories against Granada and Elche in their final two games of the calendar year. Meanwhile, Eibar face Deportivo Alaves before taking on Barcelona.
Real Madrid move level on points with LaLiga leaders Atletico following a 3-1 victory over Eibar at Ipurua. Early goals from Karim Benzema and Luka Modric put the visitors in control and although Kike pulled one back for the hosts, Lucas Vazquez secured the win in stoppage time.
K. Benzema
Real Madrid
90' + 2' Benzema played a brilliant return pass for Vazquez to run onto.
Lucas Vázquez
Real Madrid
90' + 2' VAZQUEZ!!! 3-1! GAME OVER! Real put the game to bed after hitting Eibar with a devastating counter. Vazquez plays a neat one-two with Benzema, before racing away and beating Dmitrovic from a tight angle.
90' + 1' Great tackle! Bigas is the furthest man forward for Eibar as the clock ticks into stoppage time. But Ramos produces a brilliantly-timed sliding challenge to deny him.
90' We are going to have two additional minutes at the end of this game.
87' The hosts would be disappointed to leave this game with nothing, but it would only be their second LaLiga defeat since the end of September.
85' Just five minutes remain. Eibar are continuing to press for the leveller, but Real are standing firm.
Unai Arieta
Kike García
83' Unai Arieta also enters the action for the hosts, with Kike making way.
Sergio Álvarez
P. Diop
82' Eibar turn to the bench with Sergio Alvarez replacing Diop.
80' The hosts appeal for a penalty after the ball appears to strike the arm of Ramos in the area. But the referee is not interested on this occasion.
78' Eibar are yet to win on home soil this season. They must score two goals in the last 12 minutes here to change that unwanted record.
76' The visitors were inches away from making it 3-1 - the same scoreline by which they overcame Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday.
74' Oooooh! So close! Asensio straight into the action as Real are awarded a free-kick right on the edge of the box. He whips the ball towards the top corner, but sees it drift inches wide.
Marco Asensio
Real Madrid
72' Marco Asensio is also introduced for the visitors, with Rodrygo making way.
F. Valverde
L. Modrić
Real Madrid
72' Meanwhile, Real make a double-change. The first sees Federico Valverde replace Modric.
Pedro León
T. Inui
72' Eibar make their first change with Pedro Leon coming on in place of Inui.
71' Good movement from Muto as he darts towards the near post to meet Kike's cross. But he is unable to direct his header towards goal.
70' We are into the final 20 minutes at Ipurua, where Real still lead by two goals to one. Can they hold on for victory, or will there be a twist in the tale?
68' Good save! A terrific through ball from Kroos releases Rodrygo in behind the defence. However, Dmitrovic is quickly out of goal to deny the Brazilian.
66' The Real skipper enjoys playing against Eibar. In fact, he has found the net in each of the last two meetings between the sides.
64' Ramos has to intervene on this occasion as Eibar turn up the pressure in their quest for an equaliser.
63' Great tackle! After dealing with Real's corner, Eibar look to strike on the counter. It is a straight race between Kike and Mendy, but a perfectly-timed sliding challenge from the full-back denies his opponent a sight on goal.
62' Carvajal leads the charge for Real as he strides away down the right flank. The right-back looks to deliver a cross, but Arbilla deflects it behind for a corner.
60' The ball falls for Muto to strike from outside the box, but the Japanese forward's effort is always rising.
58' Encouraging signs for Eibar. They may not have taken those opportunities, but certainly have momentum in their hunt for an equaliser.
56' Another chance for Eibar as the ball breaks for Inui in the box, but he does not connect cleanly and drags his shot wide.
55' Good effort! At the other end, space opens for Diop to try his luck. There is plenty of ferocity in the midfielder's strike and it needs strong hands from Courtois to turn it away.
52' After getting to the byline, Mendy cuts the ball back for Rodrygo to strike. However, his shot takes a deflection and goes behind for a corner.
50' Real will move level on points with LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid with victory today. But Los Rojiblancos do have two games in hand on their city rivals.
48' Real look to go straight onto the attack with Ramos seeking out Benzema. However, the Frenchman is ruled offside.
46' Eibar get the ball rolling once more.
We are finely poised heading into the second half. You feel the next goal in this game will be crucial.
Real Madrid hold a precarious 2-1 lead over Eibar at the break. The visitors made a flying start; establishing a 2-0 lead inside 13 minutes through Karim Benzema and Luka Modric. But the hosts responded well and pulled one back through Kike's wonderful solo effort.
45' + 1' OFF THE LINE! Real look to counter once more with a long ball sending Vazquez on his way. He beats the onrushing Dmitrovic to it, but Bigas sweeps up well to clear in the nick of time.
44' Awarded a free-kick right on the edge of the area, Ramos steps up to the set-piece. However, his delivery is always rising.
Anaitz Arbilla
Yellow Card
43' A blatant handball from Arbilla to prevent Modric getting in behind the defence. He can have no complaints as the yellow card is waved in his direction.
41' They may be trailing, but Eibar will be encouraged by their response to falling 2-0 behind in this game. The hosts are still very much alive and just need to stick with their opponents.
39' Eibar not too far away at the other end. Muto looks to steer a low cross towards the far corner, but the ball goes high and wide of the target.
37' Almost! Vazquez is whiskers away from providing the vital touch! The Spaniard slides in at the far post as he looks to connect with Mendy's drilled cross, but cannot quite get on the end of it.
36' OFFSIDE! NO GOAL! Almost a second for Benzema as he raced onto Kroos' long ball over the top of the Eibar defence, before producing a lovely finish with the outside of his boot. However, the Frenchman's joy is cut short by the offside flag.
34' Eibar may only have three LaLiga wins to their name this season, but victory here would move them into the top half of the table. They demonstrated their credentials with a hard-earned point against high-flying Real Sociedad last weekend, so will not be afraid by the task at hand here.
32' The hosts go in search of an equaliser and send a high ball into the box. But Courtois reads the flight and easily gathers.
30' Out of nothing, Eibar halve the deficit and their hope has been rekindled. Momentum is on their side and they must look to capitalise.
Kévin Rodrigues
28' Rodrigues found Kike, who did the rest in emphatic fashion.
Kike García
28' WHAT A GOAL FROM KIKE! 2-1! Eibar are right back in this! Real are caught in possession and the hosts ruthlessly capitalise as the skipper receives the ball in space, before beautifully bending it into the top corner from 25 yards.
26' WASTED! After dealing with Eibar's corner, Real launch a quickfire counter. Benzema leads the charge with Vazquez in acres of space to his left. The number nine feeds the Spaniard but, rather than shoot, he steps inside a couple of challenges before switching the play. A chance eventually falls to Casemiro, but he is flagged offside. Vazquez should definitely have got shot away sooner there.
24' Can the hosts get back into this game? They have forced a corner on the far side and the centre-halves are forward...
22' Mendilibar's men arrived in this game having only conceded once in their last five. However, maintaining that run was always going to be challenging against an in-form Real.
20' Eibar look to respond as they are awarded a free-kick around 30 yards from goal. Arbilla ambitiously goes for goal, but his effort goes over and isn't troubling Courtois.
18' Speaking of Benzema, he has also now found the net five times in Real's last four meetings with Eibar. The Frenchman should have done better with his header not so long ago, but will be confident of adding more goals here.
16' BENZEMA MUST SCORE! The man in form proves he is human after heading a glorious opportunity wide from inside the six-yard box. He had been brilliantly found by Modric's precise cross.
15' We have only played a quarter of an hour at Ipurua, but it already looks a long way back for Eibar here. Real are cruising and will definitely be keen to add to their tally.
K. Benzema
Real Madrid
13' Good vision by Benzema, who found Modric with too much space inside the area.
L. Modrić
Real Madrid
13' MODRIC!!! 2-0! Los Blancos press home their advantage! The scorer of the first goal, Benzema is the provider of the second as he gets in behind the defence before cutting the ball back for Modric, who sweeps it into the roof of the net.
11' That early goal has enabled Real to quickly settle into their rhythm. The visitors comfortably pass the ball around and maintain possession as Eibar look to gain a foothold in the contest.
9' Benzema continues his rich vein of form. That was the Frenchman's fifth goal in Real Madrid's last four games.
7' Rodrygo involved again as Real go in search of a second goal in quick succession. The Brazilian picks out Vazquez at the far post with his cross. The latter hits the ball first time on the volley, but the goalkeeper gathers.
Real Madrid
6' Rodrygo demonstrated brilliant awareness and execution in picking out the run of Benzema.
K. Benzema
Real Madrid
6' BENZEMA!!! 1-0 REAL! The visitors have the early lead! Benzema times his run to latch onto Rodrygo's lofted through ball, before slotting under the dive of Dmitrovic.
4' Eibar will certainly be confident. Los Armeros are unbeaten in their last six matches coming into this contest.
2' Inui tries his luck from distance with an ambitious dipping effort. It is easy enough for Courtois to gather, but Real's number one had to watch it all the way.
1' The referee blows his whistle and Real Madrid get the action underway.
The teams are coming out onto the pitch and kick-off is moments away.
Real have won each of their last three games against Eibar. Although, the hosts have suffered just one league defeat since the end of September.
Zinedine Zidane also makes a couple of alterations from Real Madrid's win over Athletic Bilbao. Casemiro returns from suspension in the heart of midfield, while Rodrygo is given the nod on the left of the front three. Federico Valverde drops to the bench alongside the likes of Luka Jovic and Martin Odegaard, who have overcome recent injury struggles.
Jose Luis Mendilibar makes two changes to the Eibar side that began last weekend's 1-1 draw with high-flying Real Sociedad. Kevin Rodrigues shakes off an injury to start at left-back, while Takashi Inui comes in on the right side of midfield. Rober Correa misses out through injury, Esteban Burgos is suspended.
SUBS: Andriy Lunin, Nacho, Mariano, Eder Militao, Marco Asensio, Luka Jovic, Federico Valverde, Alvaro Odriozola, Marcelo, Martin Odegaard, Diego Atube.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos (captain), Ferland Mendy; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Lucas Vazquez, Karim Benzema, Rodrygo.
SUBS: Yoel, Unai Dufur, Pedro Leon, Sergio Alvarez, Recio, Roberto Olabe, Rafa Soares, Unai Arieta.
EIBAR (4-4-2): Marko Dmitrovic; Alejandro Pozo, Pedro Bigas, Anaitz Arbilla, Kevin Rodrigues; Takashi Inui, Pape Diop, Edu Exposito, Bryan Gil; Yoshinori Muto, Kike.
Real could move level on points with leaders Atletico Madrid today with what would be a sixth consecutive victory in all competitions.
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