Benzema back on song as Madrid show more urgency without Ronaldo & Bale

Benzema back on song as Madrid show more urgency without Ronaldo & Bale

Real Madrid defeated Eibar 4-1 to keep their momentum going in the title race.

Madrid looked set for a first home league defeat in a year as Las Palmas took advantage of Bale's dismissal early in the second-half to lead 3-1 with just three minutes remaining.

Though they'll certainly be expecting to pick up all three points, Eibar could prove to be more stubborn opponents than you'd expect.

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In a list of players for the game published on the club website, Ronaldo was an absentee as was Welsh star Gareth Bale who has been banned for two matches following his red card against Las Palmas this week.

Mundo Deportivo suggested the Madrid squad turned on Ronaldo and his refusal to work off the ball after Wednesday's 3-3 draw with Las Palmas, prompting Ramos to stick up for the Portuguese.

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Karim Benzema (Real Madrid): Just when the consensus was that Alvaro Morata had nailed down the number nine spot in Zidane's side, Benzema turns in a performance like this. "I'm glad with the game he has done", Zidane affirmed.

"Beforehand the tie is lost, but with some marvellous circumstances.we can get ourselves back into the tie if we play very well", Enrique told Spanish TV station Movistar.

Keylor Navas had still not been troubled by the time Madrid scored their fourth after an hour and Benzema was involved again with his chip sending Asensio racing towards goal. "We are very happy with very good work done, picking up points to battle with our challengers".

Leon knows all about the demands of being a Madrid player after he was ostracised by Mourinho during his one season at the Bernabeu in 2010/11.

Real are now two points above Barcelona at the top of La Liga, but Barca will go back to the top if they beat Celta Vigo.