SD Eibar 1-2 Real Madrid: 5 Talking Points
Cristiano Ronaldo saved Real Madrid's bacon yet again as he struck twice to sink Eibar in a hard-fought 2-1 win at the Ipurua.
Los Blancos found the going tough once again as the hosts portended with a bright start to the match.
However, one moment of concentration lapse at the back allowed Ronaldo to sprint into the gap and skillfully lash the ball into the bottom corner.
Ivan Ramis headed home the equaliser from a corner just five minutes into the second period, as another disappointing draw for the European champions beckoned.
But the Portuguese ace once again took the matters upon himself and showcased his pure poker instincts by heading Carvajal's cross into the back of the net from close range.
Another nervy outing for Zinedine Zidane's side, but wouldn't mind as long as they get the job done like they did today. Here are the major talking points.
#1 Ronaldo fast catching up in the Pichichi race
As we turned over a new chapter of life at the start of 2018, so did Ronaldo as he brushed aside all the anomalies of the first-half of the season to conjure his best again and ripple the net at terrifying frequency.
The Portuguese star struck twice on the night to extend his scoring spree to seven games in a row now, amassing 13 strikes in the process.
The Real Madrid No.7 has no doubt upped the ante this calendar year, and rose to the occasion once again as his team huffed and puffed.
Lacking the usual verve going forward, Ronaldo showed how its done when he expertly bombed into the box like a gazelle in a savannah and evaded his marker for a nonchalant finish from the outside of his boot.
The second though, had Ronaldo's trademark of intelligent positioning written all over it, as Carvajal let loose one inside the box that an on-rushing former, completely unmarked, leapt to direct it inside the post with another perfect header from the man.
Whilst the Merengues continue to blow hot and cold with another lackadaisical show, Ronaldo's stock continues to go through the roof.
He's now scored 17 goals since the turn of the year in 13 appearances, adding to the 16 he managed in the previous 21, while his twin strikes today takes him up to 18 goals in La Liga, just six behind the leading scorer Lionel Messi and three behind Luis Suarez, as Ronaldo look set to take the race for the coveted trophy, down to the wire.