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Luka Modric

Eibar defender Ivan Ramis had seemingly done enough to secure a point for the home side that would have left their visitors trailing second-placed Atletico Madrid by six points, but Ronaldo struck in the 84th minute to rescue the win and ensure Valencia can not leap above them later on Saturday.

Real Madrid won the match 2-1.

Eibar appeared to target Madrid's full-backs and their crosses from both flanks continued to trouble, even if they often just missed the intended target.

The 33-year-old's tally for club and country this season stands at 35 goals in 37 appearances.

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I thought the zone was effective. "At the start of the second half, they came down and flipped the table on us really quickly". However, Sexton capped off a tremendous game when he connected on the game-winner to snap the Tide's five-game losing streak.

"This victory makes me feel very good, because they were the better side for a while, they played very well", added the coach.

Toni Kroos and Luka Modric returned to the starting line up along with Gareth Bale.

Having already lost Raphael Varane to a head injury, Ramos headed off the pitch in the 73rd minute, causing confusion amongst media and spectators as Madrid had used all three substitutes.

Ronaldo put the European champions ahead in the 34th minute following a handsome pass from Luka Modric.

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However, the 31-run partnership was finally broken by Vijay Shankar as he got rid of Mushfiqur for 18. Forty-six per cent of the deliveries they faced didn't fetch them a run.

Eibar started the second half with confidence, and after a fierce cross from Gonzalo Escalante forced a diving save from Navas, the home side was soon level.

Ronaldo should have restored the advantage but failed to convert an excellent Bale cross and from the resulting corner, Bale flashed a glancing header just wide of the post.

The irrepressible striker had the final say, however, meeting a cross from Dani Carvajal in the area and powering the ball beyond the Serbian goalkeeper in the 84th minute, scoring a 13th goal in his last seven games in all competitions. His whipped cross found the leaping Ronaldo and the Portugese made no mistake.

And Zidane was impressed with Real's character against an Eibar side who were on top for long periods of the match.

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