Zinedine Zidane heaps praise on Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Dean Simpson
March 11, 2018

Eibar responded well to going a goal behind, though, and restored parity just minutes into the second half, with Ivan Ramis losing Sergio Ramos from a corner kick to head past the helpless Keylor Navas.

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.

But Ronaldo's two goals mean he has now scored in seven consecutive games and boasts a remarkable 13 goals overall in that period.

But Ronaldo proved the difference again, the 33-year-old taking his tally for the season to 35 goals in 37 appearances.

They were below their best and rode their luck late on when Eibar should have converted a pair of excellent chances.

Zidane added: "Neymar is a very good player".

The comprehensive 5-2 aggregate victory keeps them on course to win the competition for a third successive season, but Zidane insists he is not thinking of a hat-trick in Europe's elite club competition.

Real were ragged early on as Takashi Inui, Kike Garcia and Joan Jordan all went close to giving Eibar the lead.

Having already lost Raphael Varane to a head injury, Ramos headed off the pitch in the 73rd minute, causing confusion amongst media and spectators as Madrid had used all three substitutes.

Eventually Madrid appeared to exert a degree of control and Ronaldo - following a moment of Luka Modric inspiration - opened the scoring in the 34th minute, continuing his brilliant recent form.

Ronaldo subsequently punished that miss, meeting Dani Carvajal's right-wing cross with a powerful header that gave Dmitrovic no chance and sent Madrid back to the capital victorious.

Later on Saturday, Valencia moved back to within a point of Real and all but ended Sevilla's hopes of finishing in the top four by beating Los Rojiblancos 2-0.

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