Well, Well. Mini-crisis at Madrid? That's four draws in succession now - three in the league against opposition that they expect to swat aside. Madrid never really found any rhythm here and looked sluggish and dull on the ball. Without Modric and Casemiro in their engine room they really aren't the same team. They move down to second (on goal difference) but that could be third by the end of the night if Barca see off Celta Vigo.
But blaming Real Madrid is giving too little credit to a fantastic Eibar outfit. José Luis Mendilibar has done a tremendous job with the Basques and tonight they were full value for the draw. They didn't sit back, but attacked in numbers at every possible opportunity. Every one of the men in red and blue ran their hearts out, and their first ever point against the mighty Real Madrid is Just reward.
I wouldn't want to Danilo right now!
Superb stuff from Eibar!
It was a pleasure covering this with you guys! Thank you for reading!
See you guys later tonight for Barcelona vs. Celta Vigo! Till then, this is Anirudh Menon signing out.
93' Riesgo gratefully gathers as Bale's cross is too deep.
It's extremely poor of the Stadium to boo one of their own here - Leon was cast off by Madrid, hardly his fault that is it?
91' SUBSTITUTION - The Excellent Leon OFF, Gonzalez ON
Three minutes added on. If the whistles are any indication, the Bernabeu is NOT HAPPY
89' Eibar continue to press high, its a tactic that has served them well. Pedro Leon does brilliantly to win the ball back, but his pass to Bebe is delayed just that too late, and the move peters out
88' Ronaldo is called offside. If looks could kill, that assistant ref would be six feet under. But the man was correct, Ronaldo is atleast two yards off
87' I of course jest about the legend bit, but Bebe will keep Madrid on their toes. He is a quick little bugger
86' SUBSTITUTION - Pena OFF, Manchester United legend Bebe ON
.... Mauro ALMOST SCORES ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR OWN GOALS EVER! The defender power-heads the ball straight at his own keeper. Riesgo gathers and has some choice words to share with his central defender
85' Capa does exceptionally well to stick to Ronaldo and smother his shot, which leads to a corner from which...
84' Asensio heads waaaay over after Carvajal swings one in from the right
84' YELLOW. Fran Rico absolutely wipes out Kovacic, and gets booked for his troubles. Such a silly, silly, foul that
83' Nacho gives away free kick, but the delivery is rubbish
82' Kovacic dances his way through a couple of defenders, but Riesgo is out exceptionally swiftly to smother the danger
81' Mendilliba has two substitutions left, Zidane none
80' Eibar are not sitting back here, they certainly haven't parked the bus. They continue to attack and Leon swings in yet another corner. It's headed high over the bar, though.
79' Capa embarks on a searching run down the right. He brings out his inner Liu Xiang as he hurdles two challenges before he is finally brought down by the no-nonsense Pepe
78' Morata has added some pace and incision to the Madrid attack, despite the diving, and he wins Los Blancos a corner. Nothing comes off it, but Madrid have a throw deep in Eibar territory
77' OH KIKE!! Just as reinforcements arrive, Kike ruins a counter by going for glory himself. His teammates are furious
76' Morata goes down a third time in the box, under extreme pressure from Lejuene. But the ref is having none of it
75' SUBSTITUTION - Enrich OFF, Kike ON. For your English football fans, Kike had played at Middlesborough during their last season in the Championship
74' Eibar are all over Madrid here! But Enrich takes too much time to get his shot away, and Pepe clears with an unceremonious boot upfield
74' Eibar break up a Real Madrid counter with utter contempt. This is magnificent from the Basques
73' THAT IS RIDICULOUS FROM KROOS. He may lucky to escape with a Yellow here, as he plants his boot on the face of Enrich. The very definition of high boot.
71' SUBSTITUTION - the very poor Isco OFF, Asensio ON. Isco's lack of any real game time can not have helped the young Spaniard. It's amazing how his career has nosedived after joining Madrid from Malaga
Pena got booked in that little exchange for kicking the ball away
69' Enrich with a shot, that is blocked by Pepe, but Kovacic does superbly well to win the ball back. He is fouled by Pena as he tries to dance his way through the width of the midfield.
68' OH RONALDO!!!!!! Isco keeps the ball in play well as he chases an overhit Bale pass, but Cristiano jumps a little too high and can't get under the ball. The balls flies off into the stands
67' Ronaldo wins a corner. Kroos delivers, but it's caught confidently by Riesgo
66' That's better from the Bernabeu, chanting and singing to lift their team. Ronaldo knows his cues when he hears them, and unleashes a left-footed howitzer. Unfortunately for him, and the crowd, it flies into row Z
65' Morata swings one in, Bale is put off by Ronaldo, and the ball is back with Eibar
63' Danilo swings one in, and the keeper Riesgo makes an absolute hash of it. The tenacious Morata knicks the ball off the keeper, but Mauro times his sliding tackle to perfection.
THE WHISTLES GROW LOUDER!
62' Eibar are on the front foot now, and win a succession of throws down the right
Bale, on the other hand, has been exceptional. It really was something how he beat Luna to the ball to win the header that clanged off the bar
60' RONALDOOOOO with a atypically poor first touch. He was through on goal there, but his touch let him down for once. He's been way below his best today
59' OH WOW! BALE! What a ridiculously good attempt on the ball. His effort ricochets off the bar - the keeper would have been nowhere near!
58' OOOO CHANCE FOR EIBAR!!! Enrich puts a header JUUUUUST high after another brilliant cross in from the right, this time from Leon
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