Real Madrid 2 – 1 Eibar: Karim Benzema double rescues Los Blancos

Zinedine Zidane suffered his first defeat since returning as Real boss in a 2-1 loss at Valencia on Wednesday, and saw his side go behind again when Marc Cardona struck after 39 minutes.

Real Madrid needed a late Karim Benzema strike to complete a comeback victory against Eibar in La Liga.

But Benzema levelled up in the second half, heading in Marco Asensio’s cross.

And the Frenchman secured three points with another header 10 minutes from the end, converting Toni Kroos’ delivery.

Benzema almost completed his hat-trick late on, striking the woodwork, but now has 26 goals in all competitions this season.

Gareth Bale, who was jeered by home supporters earlier in the season, received whistles from the Bernabeu crowd after being ruled offside three times in the first 15 minutes and firing well wide from distance.

There were further whistles as Real left the pitch a goal behind at the interval, and it looked like it may not be the home side’s day when Benzema saw a goal disallowed by the video assistant referee for offside after the break.

Captain Sergio Ramos was rested and left out of the matchday squad entirely, while Thibaut Courtois remained absent as Zidane continued with Keylor Navas in goal. His son, Luca Zidane, was on the bench.

Real remain third in La Liga, 10 points behind leaders Barcelona, who face second-placed Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

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