Real Madrid Beats Eibar 3-1, Keeps Pace with Barcelona

Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid in 2018
Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid in 2018. Photo by Bagu Blanco/REX/Shutterstock (9664242da)

Spain’s La Liga returned to action this weekend after a three-month pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic which sent sports around the globe to a screeching halt.

The league, which featured a two-horse race between eternal rivals FC Barcelona and Real Madrid for the title before the stoppage, looks to be continuing on the same path after Los Blancos defeated Eibar 3-1 on Sunday, equaling Barcelona’s Saturday win.

Real Madrid dominated the match, which was held at its Alfredo di Stefano Stadium behind closed doors as the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium undergoes renovation work.

Madrid went into halftime up 3-0 against Eibar, which currently finds itself only two points above the relegation zone, and never looked to be in any danger of dropping points.

Toni Kroos opened the scoring in the 4th minute, blasting a long-range goal with his right foot. Defenders Sergio Ramos and Marcelo added goals in the 30th and 37th minutes, respectively, sending their team to the break with the game in hand.

While Pedro Bigas did score for Eibar in the second half of the match, it was too little, too late for the Basque side.

With their win, Real Madrid keeps pace in the standings. They currently find themselves in 2nd place, two points behind front runner Barcelona.