Easy win for Real Madrid over Eibar in La Liga

Madrid, April 10 (IANS) Real Madrid prepared for Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final at home to Wolfsburg with a comfortable 4-0 home win against Eibarin La Liga.

The game was over as a contest as soon as the 20th minute when Cristiano Ronaldo scored from close range to make it 3-0 here on Saturday and add to earlier goals from James Rodriguez and Lucas Vazquez to leave the visitors with an uphill task.

With his side needing to overturn a 0-2 deficit in the Champions League on Tuesday night, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane named a side filled with fringe players and opted to rest regulars such as Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Tony Kroos and Sergio Ramos.

James opened the score as soon as the third minute from a free-kick after Jese Rodriguez had been brought down on the edge of the Eibar penalty area as he exploited space behind an advanced visiting defence.

The second goal came after 18 minutes when Lucas Vazquez was given a simple finish as Ronaldo broke through the middle to allow him to score with a left foot shot. The third goal was scored by Ronaldo in similar fashion after Jese’s pace had seen him break through.

Ronaldo returned the favour after 38 minutes as he again exploited the space behind the Eibar defence to slip the ball through for Jese to tap into an empty net.

Eibar made two changes at the break with Borja Baston and Junca getting into the action, but the second half with Real Madrid again on the attack and Asier Riesgo produced a good save to deny Ronaldo.

Madrid went into cruise control after the break and with the crowd showing signs of restlessness, Baston was unlucky to see his header bounce off the bar.

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