Published: Tue, April 09, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Real Madrid recover with Benzema brace to beat Eibar

Real Madrid recover with Benzema brace to beat Eibar

However, he did get on the scoresheet a few minutes later, when Marco Asensio's good work on the right wing allowed the Spain worldwide to cross and Benzema finished with a downward header at the far post. After the first 45 minutes brought zero shots on target and just one foul, it seemed some harsh words at half-time improved the work rate and focus after the break.

Asked if he had made any decisions on incomings and outgoings this summer, Zidane said: "No, I haven't".

Zidane was not best pleased with his teams first half performance, adding: "We had to change our performance because we could not continue like in the first half".

"At halftime Zidane told us to show character and be more confident".

In the second half, Bale was replaced by Toni Kroos - and as he left the field he was once more on the receiving end of whistles.

So it perhaps shouldn't have been too much of a shock when Madrid lost on Wednesday to Valencia, who have been steadily rising up the table since that odd early-season period in which they couldn't stop drawing matches. Zidane won the Champions League in all three seasons in-charge of Real Madrid before departing from the club previous year.

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"The situation is hard", he said. But the players have to accept this situation.

"In this situation, we will go out little by little, insisting on working and thinking positively", he said. They are also eliminated from the Champions League by Ajax, who simply outplayed them in the second leg of their Round of 16 fixture. "We have seven games left and will have to keep battling as a team".

Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale reacts during the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid CF and SD Eibar at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on April 6, 2019.

Bale's half began badly as he failed to control Valverde's overhit pass and then got worse as he missed a one-on-one when his finish was saved by Marko Dmitrovic.

"We will see", he said.

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