REAL MADRID VS EIBAR
EIBAR 3 – 0 REAL MADRID
Eibar claimed their first ever win over Real Madrid in spectacular fashion to hand Santiago Solari his first defeat at the helm of the Spanish giants on hi first game in charge as permanent manager.
Solari had made the best start by any manager in Real’s history with four successive victories after taking over on an interim basis and he was given a permanent deal until 2021 during the international break.
But any notion of extending his honeymoon period was emphatically closed as goals from Gonzalo Escalante, Sergi Enrich and Kike condemned Real to a 3-0 defeat at the Municipal de Ipurua.
It was a scruffy finish and Escalante was initially flagged for offside but the decision was correctly overturned by the video assistant referee. Emboldened by the early breakthrough, Eibar continued on the front foot although Bale went close before the break, with his free-kick tipped around the post by Riesgo.
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Real had lacked any sense of haste in the first half and their passive approach was punished seven minutes after the interval when Enrich doubled Eibar’s lead. Álvaro Odriozola was dispossessed in a dangerous area, leading to the influential Cucurella finding Enrich, who composed himself before drilling past Courtois.
The two Eibar players linked up again five minutes later, Cucurella’s cross reaching Enrich, who touched on for Kike to get on the scoresheet and leave Real thoroughly shell-shocked.
Eibar were three goals to the good before the hour mark but they still kept pouring forward and only a fine save from Courtois denied Fabian Orellana’s flash at goal.
Real could not even score a consolation in the closing stages as Enrich and Kike were greeted with raucous cheers as they were substituted late on.
Eibar move up to seventh following this success, one place and two points behind Real, who succumbed to their fifth La Liga defeat of the season.
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