Author: John Mawuli Atidigah
Real Madrid beat Eibar with solvency (2-0), in a match in which those led by Zinedine Zidane dominated to take the three points and put pressure on Atlético de Madrid and Barcelona.
The French coach again bet on the 3-5-2, with Militao, Nacho and Mendy in the back; Lucas Vásquez and Marcelo as lanes; Casemiro, Modric and Isco in the midfield and Benzema with Asensio up front.
The whites, knowing that any result other than a victory would take them out of the fight for LaLiga, they left hungry. They dominated supported by the leadership of Modric and Isco and in the amplitude that Vásquez and Marcelo gave by band. It was, through the Brazilian, that the first chances would come. In the 5 ‘, the winger put a measured center into the area so that Karim pushed the net with his head. However, the referee signaled offside.
The winger showed a great level in that position. With Mendy covering his back and free of defensive tasks, he brought all his imagination in attack and his measured centers to the area.
Madrid continued, supported by the Brazilian, patiently trying to knock down Eibar’s wall. But it seemed that, like so many games this season, the whites were blind in the last meters. They dominated and were superior, but the ball seemed not to want to enter. When it was not a goal disallowed for offside, Asensio smashed it on the crossbar. When the post did not prevent the goal, Dmitrovic became great to defend his goal. Everything indicated that it was one of those many afternoons in which the whites seemed angry with the goal.
However, a steal by Casemiro in three quarters of the court was what was necessary to find the visitor behind. The Brazilian put a pass to Asensio, who with an oriented control went straight to the area. In the one-on-one game against Dmitrovic, he crossed the shot and made it 1-0. A goal that allowed Madrid to go ahead at half-time and gave Zidane peace of mind on the bench.
After halftime, that dominance shown by the whites did not come to light in the first minutes of the complement. The Madrid afternoon began to get darker, with a heavy rain falling on the Alfredo Di Stéfano. And as the sun went down, it seemed that Madrid did too.
Eibar came out with another face, planting themselves with greater attitude in the opposite field and denying the locals the exit. It was then that Zidane, realizing this situation, looked for a reaction by putting Kroos and Rodrygo on the field in 60 ‘, and Vinícius and Arribas in 66’.
The changes gave another face to the whites, who were revealed by the good pressure of Eibar and the heavy rain. It was precisely one of the players who entered who unlocked the match and gave his team greater peace of mind.
Vinícius was the protagonist. The one that usually gets cloudy in the final meters, ironically it was clearer than ever on a rainy day. He did what he does best, breaking the waist of his marker, and hit a measured center with his left foot so that Benzema, this time qualified, headed to the net.
The Frenchman, who received the LaLiga best player award this Saturday in March, continued his scoring streak. In the last five games he has scored seven goals, showing himself as the true offensive leader of the White House.
With the 2-0, the meringues regained control and tied the result. Zidane took the opportunity to continue moving the bench and rest important players thinking about next week. They will play the series against Liverpool (April 6 and 14) and the Spanish Classic against FC Barcelona (April 10) in just eight days, games in which a good part of the season will be played.