Cristiano Ronaldo brace edges Real Madrid to victory at Eibar

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to lead Real Madrid past Eibar and up to third in La Liga.

The home side dominated the first 30 minutes and created several chances to break the deadlock but against the run of play, a delightful Luka Modric pass sliced through the Eibar defence for Cristiano Ronaldo to open the scoring.

The Spain global had been partly at fault for Eibar equalising early in the second half through Ivan Ramis, with Madrid's defence guilty of producing a sloppy performance.

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Alves led his team to reach the competitions' finals and they lost to Real Madrid 4-1 to lose the Champions League finals for the first time. What he does, is always very positive for us; he knows he is going to score.

Dmitrovic produced another wonderful save to thwart Ronaldo from 12 yards after a great cross from Bale before the Welshman glanced a header just wide of the far post as a second Madrid goal looked imminent. This year, Ronaldo scored 17 goals before January, a number he's already equaled in 2018 and we're not even halfway through March.

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Luck appeared to have deserted Madrid after they wasted several chances, with Ronaldo among those guilty, but the Ballon d'Or holder produced an emphatic late header with his 17th goal in 10 games, moving them to within four points of Atletico, who face Celta Vigo on Sunday.

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Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane sent on Karim Benzema and Lucas Vazquez to look for the victor.

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His double against Eibar allowed him to move into the top three scorers in the league, trailing Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez on 24 and 20 respectively.

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