Routine win keeps Real pressure on Barcelona

MADRID: Real Madrid moved back to within five points of La Liga leaders Barcelona with a hassle free 3-0 victory over Eibar on Sunday.Madrid have struggled at the Santiago Bernabeu this season, dropping points in four of their previous six home games.However, Eibar did most of the damage for them as Paulo Oliveira's own goal and a goalkeeping mistake from Marko Dmitrovic to allow Marco Asensio's shot through his grasp handed the European champions a 2-0 half-time lead.Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to pick up FIFA 's 'The Best' award in London for his goals in helping Real land a Champions League and La Liga double for the first time in 59 years earlier in the year.Yet, the Portuguese's off colour La Liga form this season continued as it was Asensio who shone as his partner up front with Karim Benzema rested. "It is obviously better when Cristiano scores, but I am not worried," said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane "The season is very long and if he is top scorer in the Champions League then bit-by-bit (his form) will return in La Liga. "I've come through a difficult time," Gameiro, who missed the start of the season through injury, told BeIN Sports Spain. "Now that I am able to play, I can help the team and score goals. "Despite the sparse crowd at Balaidos caused by the closure of a stand on security grounds, Celta swarmed forward after the break.Jan Oblak produced fine saves to deny Iago Aspas and in stoppage time from John Guidetti, while Aspas also clipped the bar with a free-kick.Villarreal's revival under new coach Javier Calleja continued with a 4-0 thrashing of Las Palmas.Second-half strikes from Cedric Bakambu, Mario Gaspar and Nicola Sansone added to Ximo Navarro's own goal helped move the Yellow Submarine up to sixth.And Leganes sit fifth after Claudio Beauvue scored the only goal to beat off-form Athletic Bilbao 1-0.

October 23, 2017 03:33 UTC


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