Real Madrid host Eibar in the Spanish La Liga game on Sunday and it proved a difficult test for Zidane’s side who found themselves trailing inside first 6 minutes of the game. Eibar took the lead through Fran Rico’s goal but Real Madrid bounced back in 18th minute when Gareth Bale scored to bring them back into the match.
Real Madrid 1-1 Eibar Highlights
[ Spanish La Liga Match ]
06′ 0 – 1 Fran Rico scored inside first five minutes to put Eibar in surprise league.
18′ 1 – 1 Gareth Bale scored in 18th minute to make it 1-1 as Real Madrid started to get the grip on game.
Real Madrid absolutely blitz past Eibar in the Spanish La Liga game this Saturday and prepare themselves in best possible way ahead of return leg of Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Wolfsburg. Zidane started with several players rested but it did not take long for Rodriguez to open the scoing in 8th minute while Lucas Vazquez made it 2-0 followed by Ronaldo’s strike within a minute. Madrid went into the break 4-0 up with Rodriguez scoring against just before the halftime.
Match Preview: Real Madrid hit the high and low point in the same week when they defeated Barcelona in their own backyward and it looked to have turned things around for struggling Madrid but 3 days later they were humbled away in Germany when Wolfsburg absolutely hammered them in Champions League quarterfinal first leg. Now Zidane will have a dilemma on team selection with probably the most important match (2nd leg of champions league tie against Wolfsburg) set to take place on Tuesday night and Madrid might rest several first team stars in order to keep them fit. Which gives Eibar an opportunity to exploit already shaky Real Madrid defense on Saturday.
Real Madrid has been the most in from team at home having won 13 of the 16 home games so far and their only two defeats came in the hands of Atletico and Barcelona. Eibar on the other hand has only won three games away from home and that makes Real Madrid heavy favourites for the weekend clash even with their second string side.
Team News & Lineups: I expect Real madrid to go with several second string players as Zidane will have his one eye in the midweek clash against Wolfsburg. Lucas, Jese, Rodriguez and Isco might be given starts while Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema are sure to be rested. At the back Sergio Ramos is suspended which means Rafael Varane will play alongside Pepe and Dani Carvajal is expected to start at right back.
Real Madrid has meet Eibar in the spanish top division only three times and they won all of those fixtures. In the earlier league game between the two Madrid ran out comfortable 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Ronaldo and Bale. I expect a under strength Real Madrid side to get yet another home win.