Ronaldo 'from another galaxy' - Zidane

Lynette Rowe
March 11, 2018

The Frenchman was substituted in the first half, according to the Sun, after a clash of heads with Eibar's Kike Garcia during an aerial battle with the score still at 0-0.

Real Madrid have closed the gap on second-placed Atletico Madrid with a hard-fought 2-1 win in Saturday's La Liga clash at Eibar.

Punch Reports that Ramos left the field to go to the toilet after 73 minutes at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium, with the match delicately poised at 1-1.

They were below their best and rode their luck late on when Eibar should have converted a pair of excellent chances.

Zinedine Zidane had insisted the success in Paris was now "forgotten" and his starting line-up suggested as much, with Karim Benzema the only key player rested.

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The visitors eventually took the lead in the 34th minute through Cristiano Ronaldo's close-range finish from 12-yards out.

However, when his French manager was asked about his player's absence following Cristiano Ronaldo's late victor, the former midfielder was only too happy to explain the somewhat vomiting-inducing reason behind it.

A sloppy pass out from the back by Anaitz Arbilla conceded possession to Luka Modric who quickly picked out Ronaldo with a sublime bending pass. Ronaldo chested the ball down and slammed it in at the near post.

Eibar equalized in the 50th when defender Ivan Ramis broke free of Sergio Ramos to head home a corner kick by Pedro Leon.

Real responded immediately with a good passing move resulting in Modric laying off for Ronaldo but his effort flew over the crossbar, before the Croatian dragged another shot wide of the post after a driving run. His whipped cross found the leaping Ronaldo and he made no mistake.

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