REPORT | 22/10/2017 | Javier GarcíaReal Madrid record fourth consecutive victory in LaLiga with an own goal from Paulo before Asensio and the Brazilian added the rest.
- La Liga
- Matchday 9
With five changes to the starting XI after Tuesday's Champions League game, the Whites went in search of an early goal and with just two minutes on the clock, good play by Asensio put Isco through, but Dmitrovic kept the effort from the Málaga-born midfielder out. The opening goal came after 18 minutes. Asensio put in a cross from the right which was worth half a goal and Paulo went up with Ramos and turned the ball into his own goal.
The second goal
At 1-0 Madrid gained greater control of the game with Éibar hardly troubling Casilla in the Real Madrid goal. The movement from Isco and Asensio was what stood out for Zidane's team. Both were involved in the second goal. Just before the half-hour mark, Isco crossed from the left and the Mallorcan connected well with a first-time shot to double the hosts' advantage. This goal saw Madrid go in at the interval with a comfortable 2-0 lead.
The Whites came out for the second period intent on putting the game beyond the visitors' reach as early as possible. In a repeat of the first action of the opening period, Isco was involved in the early exchanges when he was sent clean through, only for Dmitrovic to deny him in the one-on-one. Luka Modric started the boss the game from the middle third for the hosts in the second half, and after trying his luck from the edge of the area, he then teed up Cristiano Ronaldo, who came a whisker away from claiming Madrid's third of the night.
Great Marcelo goal
The minutes ticked by and no further goals were forthcoming. However, Madrid were dictating proceedings and their backline was untroubled. Zinedine Zidane, who had earlier introduced Karim Benzema, further shuffled his pack as Lucas Vázquez and Marcelo entered the fray. A fine piece of play from the Brazilian created another chance for the Whites, which Cristiano Ronaldo failed to convert. This, however, proved to be nothing more than a forewarning for what was to come, with Benzema producing a sublime piece of play in which he linked up with Theo and Marcelo, before the latter fired the ball home into the far corner to make it 3-0 on 82'. This was a routine win at the Bernabéu ahead of a sequence of three away games for Madrid, the first of which takes place on Thursday and sees the Whites open their Copa del Rey campaign at Fuenlabrada.