Video: Eibar 1 – 4 Real Madrid [La Liga Highlights]
Zinedine Zidane will have been delighted with the reaction of his compatriot as he came up big to guide a weakened Madrid squad to victory
Karim Benzema starred in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo as he scored twice and set up another to give Real Madrid a 4-1 La Liga victory at Eibar.
Madrid – without Ronaldo through injury – also had to cope without suspended duo Gareth Bale and Alvaro Morata, Zinedine Zidane deprived of his three starting attackers from the draw with Las Palmas last time out.
But Benzema, who had not scored in his previous seven LaLiga games in his worst top-flight run for three years, struck twice to send the visitors on their way to a vital win in the title race.
James Rodriguez then got his first league goal for five-and-a-half months as Zidane’s men opened up a three-goal lead within 29 minutes.
Marco Asensio capitalised on his first league start of 2017 with Madrid’s fourth after the break, before Ruben Pena scored a consolation for Eibar.
The victory puts Madrid back on top of LaLiga, two points clear of Barcelona ahead of their match against Celta Vigo at Camp Nou later on Saturday.
Eibar had been chasing what would have been a club-record fourth straight home league win, but stay seventh after a convincing defeat.