REPORT | 06/04/2019 | Alberto NavarroReal Madrid get three points thanks to the Frenchman's headed brace. He has been on target in his last three games for the Whites.
- La Liga
- Matchday 31
The first half was neck and neck, with both sides sharing possession evenly until the guests took the upper hand, firing in the opener. The goal came on 39’ after some clinical collective play from Éibar, finished off neatly by Cardona in the six-yard box.
A game of two halves
The game turned on its head after the break. Real Madrid looked to have pulled level on 55’ but Benzema was ruled offside. That was to be the second goal from the Frenchman that was ruled out, as he had previously put in a heeled effort, beating Dimitrovic after Bale's previous effort was ruled offside. On the third time of asking, the Frenchman could be held back no more, he scored a perfectly good goal on 58’ to level the tie. Asensio sent in a right-footed cross and Benzema headed in to leave the visiting keeper helpless.
The goal spurred the home side on and they set up camp outside the opposition box with increasing intent. Asensio tried his luck on 61’ but his shot across goal ended up in Dimitrovic’s gloves. Zidane brought on Lucas Vázquez and Kroos for Modric and Bale with 76 on the clock. The German was soon involved in the match-winning goal, when he crossed from the right-hand side for Benzema to head home for the second time in the game.
Benzema comes close to a hat-trick
From there to the end, Real Madrid were in complete control and Benzema could even have completed his hat-trick but Dimitrovic stood strong when the Frenchman was through one-on-one on 87’. One minute later, following a mistake by the visiting keeper, Lucas Vázquez laid on a pass for the striker once more but he was unable to find the target from just yards out. In time added on, with a move almost identical to the winning goal against Huesca just a week ago, Benzema could only find the post, but Real Madrid ran out winners for the third consecutive game at the Bernabéu.