Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema scored in a 2-Zero win over Eibar on Saturday as Actual Madrid tightened the Spanish league title race earlier than its assembly with Liverpool within the Champions League.
Asensio had already hit the woodwork earlier than he opened the scoring within the 41st minute. Benzema added a second purpose with a header within the 73rd.
Madrid moved to inside three factors of chief Atlético Madrid, which faces a troublesome take a look at at fourth-place Sevilla on Sunday. Barcelona is 4 factors again earlier than it performs Valladolid on Monday.
Madrid hosts Liverpool on Tuesday within the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Champions League. 4 days later it would play Barcelona in a key match within the Spanish league, adopted by its second leg at Liverpool on April 14.
“We face an necessary week, and the primary necessary factor was to win at this time,” mentioned Asensio, after scoring a 3rd purpose in as many video games.
“Now we now have the primary leg in opposition to Liverpool after which Barcelona. They are going to be very demanding matches and we now have to be as much as the problem.”
With Sergio Ramos out with a left-leg harm, Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane rested his different first-choice centerback, Raphael Varane, for the matches forward. Backups Nacho Fernández and Éder Militão began in a three-man backline together with Ferland Mendy. Toni Kroos was additionally rested, giving Isco Alarcón a spot within the beginning 11.
Madrid dominated the sport all through. Eibar wanted goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic to avoid wasting a one-on-one probability for Benzema three minutes into the match after defender Alejandro Pozo made a horrible go that was poached by the Madrid striker within the field.
Asensio bent a free kick off the crossbar earlier than he took the opener.
Casemiro intercepted a go and instantly despatched the ball ahead for Asensio, who used excellent management to go previous defender Anaitz Arbilla earlier than curling a shot over Dmitrovic.
Eibar had been restricted to 2 long-range efforts from midfielder Pape Diop within the first half. Its assault was additional diminished when ahead Bryan Gil, who debuted for Spain final week, needed to be substituted at halftime for an obvious leg harm.
However the guests had been virtually gifted an equalizer with half an hour to play after heavy rain and powerful winds. A tame-looking go from Lucas Vázquez again to Thibaut Courtois slipped previous him and the Madrid goalkeeper needed to slide to kick the ball clear earlier than it crossed his goal-line.
After that scare, Benzema put the end result past doubt when substitute Vinícius Júnior crossed for him to attain his 18th league purpose of the season.
Eibar remained within the relegation zone after 12 rounds with out a win. “We barely bothered them within the first half,” Eibar striker Kike García mentioned. “We knew this might be a tough sport.