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Real Madrid v Eibar Live Commentary, 09/04/2016

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J. Rodríguez (5)
Lucas Vázquez (18)
Cristiano Ronaldo (19)
Jesé (39)
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu


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Los Blancos score four first-half goals as they cruise to victory at the Santiago Bernabeu, restoring confidence ahead of Tuesday's crucial Champions League clash with Wolfsburg. It was a walk in the park in the end for Real Madrid, while it's back to the drawing board for Eibar who remain without a La Liga win since February 14.
There will be just two minutes added on at the end of the match.
GREAT GOALKEEPING! Danilo playing as a centre-forward as he chases down a ball over the top, getting behind a naive Capa, but Riesgo charges off his line and plucks the ball out of the feet of the right-back to deny a fifth goal!
STAT: Eibar are currently on their worst run of form away from home in the league this season, having gone seven games without a win - including today (D2, L5).
Eibar are doing everything they can to get on the scoresheet, throwing caution to the wind as they send bodies forward in attack. Real Madrid have plenty of bodies behind the ball themselves as they seem to have given up their pursuit of another goal.
OFF THE BAR! Real Madrid are let-off the hook as their clean sheet remains in-tact by the narrowest of margins! Borja Baston, who has been exceptional off the bench, gets on the end of a cross but sends a header off the underside of the bar and out! Terrible luck, that.
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
Danilo picks up a really needless booking, as he will be suspended for their match against Getafe next weekend as a result.
SHOCKING MISS! Ronaldo looks to the heaven's in disbelief as he fails to divert Lucas' deliver into an empty net, just unable to stretch enough as he knocks it wide of the far post! It was an excellent ball from Kovacic to pick out Lucas in the build-up. That's more like it from the Croatia midfielder.
Borja Mayoral
Real Madrid
Borja Mayoral is the third and final Real Madrid substitution of the afternoon, coming on to replace Jese for the final 15 minutes.
STAT: Real Madrid have the lowest rate of goals scored in the first 15 minutes of the second half across La Liga (nine per cent).
I. Hajrović
Eibar make their final substitution as Izet Hajrovic comes on for the remainder. The midfielder on loan from Werder Bremen has played just 25 minutes in La Liga this season, all off the bench. Keko is the one to give way.
Kovacic has really struggled to get involved in the game after replacing Casemiro. He's been absent from the active squad for the last three games and seems a bit off the pace as a result. This is an important 20 minutes for him to get his fitness back and work off the rust.
Yellow Card
Frustration sets in as Ivan Ramis is shown yellow for a clearly bookable offense, but that doesn't stop him from arguing with the referee after the card is show.
The tempo has slowed significantly yet again as Real Madrid manage to halt Eibar's momentum by getting back on the ball and playing keep-away from their opponents. We could be in store for a tedious final 20 minutes at the Bernabeu.
STAT: Real Madrid have the highest pass completion rate in La Liga this season (86.94 per cent), while Eibar have the lowest (67.63 per cent).
Real Madrid
The hosts make their second change, as both sides are down to one substitution remaining. Zidane brings on Danilo for Daniel Carvajal in a straight swap at right-back.
G. Escalante
Yellow Card
Escalante becomes the second player booked, for a late challenge in midfield.
Real Madrid are coming under a bit of pressure at the back, and despite the lopsided scoreline, the complacency being shown by Los Blancos is upsetting these fans and coach Zidane. They can't shut up shop with 30 minutes still to play. They have to stay sharp and continue preparations for Wolfsburg on Tuesday.
Possession has been fairly even in this second half, but the quality of this Eibar side on the front foot is clearly lacking. They're a team lacking in confidence having not won since the middle of February, but a goal here would certainly help their cause.
WIDE! That has to be better from substitute David Junca who sends an effort wide of the near post after being teed up brilliantly by Keko! The visitors are showing signs of life as they try to salvage a bit of pride from this match.
M. Kovačić
Real Madrid
Real Madrid make their first change of the afternoon as Casemiro is replaced by Mateo Kovacic. The Brazilian may not have the same quality on the ball as the bulk of his team-mates, but his impact in the side can not be questioned.
STAT: Eibar's Jose Luis Mendilibar has won just one of his 12 games as a La Liga coach against Real Madrid (D2 L9) – that win came during his time at Valladolid.
An incredibly wide-open start to the second half sees Eibar create a pair of chances, with substitute Borja Baston getting on the end of them both! A ball is whipped in towards the near post with pace by Keko, but the striker's back-heel drifts beyond the far post.
WONDERFUL SAVE! How Ronaldo got so free inside the area, I'll never know! The forward is teed up for a header off a cross from Isco, but Riesgo is able to dive down to his left and knock the effort behind for a corner!
Jota Peleteiro
David Junca is the other Eibar player introduced at the break, with Jota giving way.
Borja Bastón
Borja Baston is brought on at the interval, replacing former Real Madrid Castilla player Adrian Gonzalez.
Back underway in the capital!
Real Madrid cruise into half-time with a commanding lead, on the back of four different goal scorers. James Rodriguez got them started with a delightful free-kick inside five minutes, before Lucas doubled their advantage. It took less than a minute for Ronaldo to extend the lead to three, before Jese got in on the act late on. Eibar have provided minimal resistance as they're in for a long night in the capital.
There will be one minute added on at the end of this first half.
The second half will prove to be nothing more than a formality at this point - 45 minutes which Eibar will want to play no part in. There's no telling just how out of hand this scoreline can get, but it's a question of whether or not Real Madrid will take their foot off the gas.
EXCELLENT SAVE! It's the first time of the match Kiko Casilla has been called into action, and he's up for the task! Pantic rises to meet a corner, unmarked in the centre, but his effort is pushed aside brilliantly by the keeper!
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
Another excellent assist from Ronaldo who has been outstanding in this first half, and surprisingly unselfish given the fact that he's chasing down the golden boot.
Real Madrid
LOS BLANCOS RUNNING RIOT! Another terrific build-up from the hosts! Ronaldo gets into the area, hesitating as he waits for support to arrive, before carving the Eibar defence apart with a ball across the face of goal, which Lucas dummies brilliantly, giving Jese the simplest of finishes into the empty net.
Ramis is good to return, it would appear, but he has to wait on the touchline as Real Madrid take their subsequent free-kick. The hosts fail to make the most of their numerical advantage, however, as James' effort sails just over the bar, grazing the roof of the net.
Another stoppage here as Ramis is down and quite shaken up after a coming together with Lucas. The contact was nothing significant, but the defender's head bounced off the turf as he was unable to brace himself for the fall.
Casemiro picks up his first warning of the afternoon, after putting in a hard tackle near the halfway line. It was actually an excellent challenge from the Brazilian, who made contact with the ball first, but his momentum took him through Escalante. The midfielder has been such a vital component of this Madrid team, making his eighth consecutive start under Zidane.
Wonderful tracking back! Jota shows incredible pace and desire to stay stride for stride with Ronaldo, running half the length of the pitch to not only deny the forward passage through on goal, but also block his attempted cross behind for a corner!
STAT: Real Madrid have won their last 18 league games at the Santiago Bernabeu against Basque sides – which is their best ever run against them - scoring an average of 3.83 goals per game.
Zidane's logic behind his team selection was relatively straightforward, with the only question being why Ronaldo wasn't afforded a rest. The answer is glaringly obvious now. The forward was much more in need of an injection of confidence than a match off. This performance will do much more to help his cause than sitting on the sidelines would have done.
The tempo has slowed as Real Madrid settle into possession and work the ball around calmly near the halfway line. Eibar are showing little urgency to press high up the pitch, and the odd time they do, the hosts punish them for it. The Gunners are at sea in this first half.
Well it was always going to be difficult for Eibar, but not many would have predicted it getting out of hand this quick! If Real Madrid play this way on Tuesday, they could easily turn around the 2-0 deficit they're facing. Meanwhile, Nacho has been taped up and is back out there now giving his ankle a go.
A real worry here for Real Madrid, who are already without Raphael Varane (injured) and Sergio Ramos (suspended). Nacho lands awkwardly after going up for a header, and seemed to roll his ankle. The training staff comes out to take a look and are forced to carry him off as play resumes with the hosts down to 10 men for the time being.
STAT: Before today, just three of the last 16 Real Madrid goals in La Liga had been scored in the first half of their games.
Real Madrid
Jese is credited with the assist, serving that up on a platter for Ronaldo to finish off.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
MAKE THAT THREE! It's getting ugly at the Bernabeu! The hosts can't stop scoring! Almost immediately after the restart it's Jese who is played through on goal down the right. He could go for goal himself, but instead rolls a pass across for Ronaldo who has a simple finish with Riesgo stranded.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
Ronaldo is credited with the assist, thanks to some physical and stylistic play.
Lucas Vázquez
Real Madrid
TWO GOALS IN LESS THAN 20 MINUTES! It all starts from the ball forward from Isco, giving Ronaldo one to chase. The forward physically dominates Pantic, shouldering the defender to ground before unselfishly laying off for Lucas, and the winger makes no mistake, capping the move off with style with a tidy finish at the near post.
Possession has been virtually non-existent for Eibar, who have just twice ventured into the attacking half, with neither foray lasting more than a few seconds. They have to show more desire to keep possession, and it starts by getting more movement off the ball to provide the carrier with an option for a pass.
You have to respect the attempt! Lucas is looking very lively out on the right, and the youngster does well to get around Luna before chipping a cross in for Ronaldo at the far post. It's a bit behind the Portuguese forward, so he tries an acrobatic overhead kick, but just fails to make the desired contact. That had the potential to be quite special.
Eibar are keeping their shape well and making it difficult on Madrid to build in attack, but they're undoing all this strong defensive work with some incredibly careless play in possession. They have to stop giving the ball away so cheaply, because as the hosts have shown, they will punish them for it.
A loose touch from Capa gifts Jese possession in the final third as the hosts build again. Play is switched for James, who floats an exceptional cross in to pick out an unmarked Ronaldo, but the forward uncharacteristically heads wide from the top of the six-yard box!
STAT: Eibar have kept just one clean sheet in their last 16 matches across all competitions, including today, a 2-0 victory at home to Levante.
J. Rodríguez
Real Madrid
SENSATIONALLY STRUCK FREE-KICK AND MADRID LEAD! It takes some time for the referee to sort everything out, but once the free-kick is set to be taken, James curls an exquisite left-footed shot around the wall, off the post and in! That's impeccable placement from the Colombian!
Dani García
Yellow Card
NEARLY A PENALTY! A cheap giveaway in midfield allows Real Madrid to break three against two. Jese sprints forward and tries to go at it alone, before being tripped up from behind by Dani Garcia. The hosts think they have a penalty, but the referee awards a free-kick on the very edge of the area.
Underway at the Bernabeu!
Eibar will attempt to punish Real Madrid's complacency in their team selection, with the visitors making four changes of their own. Ivan Ramis replaces the suspended Mauro Dos Santos at centre-half, while Antonio Luna gets the nod ahead of David Junca on the left. Things remain the same in midfield following their narrow 2-1 defeat to Villarreal, but up top it's Sergi Enrich who is chosen to lead the line. Borja Baston is dropped to the bench to make room, as is Takashi Inui, with Adrian selected in the number 10 role, pushing Jota Peleteiro to the flank.
Zidane has rotated his squad a great deal as he looks to keep his players fresh between the first and second Champions League quarter-final legs. Keylor Navas, Danilo, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema are all rested ahead of Tuesday's date with Wolfsburg, while Sergio Ramos is suspended, meaning their are eight new faces in the Real Madrid team today. Kiko Casilla gets the nod in goal behind Pepe and Nacho, with Daniel Carvajal and Arbeloa the preferred wing-backs. Isco and James Rodriguez are brought into midfield alongside Casemiro, while Cristiano Ronaldo is joined in attack by the likes of Jese and Lucas Vazquez.
SUBS: Irureta, Ansotegi, Inui, Hajrovic, Junca, Borja, Saul Berjon.
EIBAR (4-2-3-1): Riesgo; Capa, Pantic, Ramis, Luna; Escalante, Dani Garcia; Keko, Adrian, Jota; Sergi Enrich.
SUBS: Ruben Yanez, Kroos, Bale, Marcelo, Kovacic, Danilo, Borja Mayoral.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Kiko Casilla; Carvajal, Pepe, Nacho, Arbeloa; Isco, Casemiro, James; Lucas, Ronaldo, Jese.
Eibar are destined for a mid-table finish, sitting in ninth place after 31 games. Their spot in the top half of the table comes as a bit of a shock, given the fact that nearly two months have passed since their last victory, as defensively they have come undone. It’s not about to get any easier for the Gunners either today, as they take on a Real Madrid side who have been known to score in bunches when they’re angry.
Hello and welcome to live coverage from the Santiago Bernabeu as Real Madrid try to right the ship following Wednesday’s defeat to Wolfsburg when they play host to mid-table Eibar. It was a difficult week to say the least for Los Blancos, in a surprising follow-up to their Clasico victory last weekend, falling 2-0 in Germany as their Champions League hopes hang in the balance. They play host to the German outfit on Tuesday as they try and turn the tie around, but it will be anything but straightforward. They desperately need to work out the kinks today and get their confidence back ahead of their most important match of the season.