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Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday led Real Madrid to prevail over Eibar 2-1 in the 28th round of La Liga, avoiding losing more ground to the first two teams in the Spanish top-divison football table.
Eibar stormed into the game, pushing Real Madrid onto the other half of the field, with the visitors unable to find the spaces they needed despite their best efforts, reports Efe.
After nearly half an hour, Real's coach Zinedine Zidane was forced to make the first change, bringing in Nacho for Raphael Varane, who left the field after a skull-to-skull collision with Kike Garcia.
The visitors unsuccessfully sought the equalizer before the break, but all they got were several corners.
At the other end of the field, Cristiano had a chance to double the score, but Dmitrovic's good save prevented things from worsening for Eibar before the half time whistle.
After the intermission, and with a goal in their pocket, Real Madrid tried to slow the game's pace, but Eibar did not allow them to.
With the game back to square one, Real Madrid again turned up the heat, while Eibar looked for more.
Kike had a chance to give his side the lead with 10 minutes to go before stoppage time, but lost control of the ball.
Ronaldo finally doubled Real's tally in the 84th minute on a header to give his team its second league victory in a row.
After the win, Real sits in the third spot with 57 points, four points behind second-placed Atletico Madrid, who are scheduled to take on Celta Vigo on Sunday.
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