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Summary

  1. Real seek to bounce back from Wolfsburg defeat
  2. Eibar have won just one of last 11
  3. Real: Kiko Casilla; Carvajal, Pepe, Nacho, Arbeloa; Isco, Casemiro, Rodriguez; Lucas, Jese, Ronaldo
  4. Eibar: Riesgo; Capa, Echaide, Ramis, Luna; Escalante, Garcia; Keko, Jota, Gonzalez; Enrich

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By Mike Whalley

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FULL-TIME

Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

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A comfortable victory for Real, with all of the hard work done in the first half. Eibar's poor run continues: It's eight matches without victory for them. Real move up to second, but remember that Atletico Madrid kick-off at 17:15 BST away to Espanyol. The leaders Barcelona are at Real Sociedad this evening, at 19:30, and we'll have a live text commentary on that match too.

Thanks for your company. Bye for now.

Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

The first step towards redemption for Danilo? The Real full-back races on to a through pass, takes it nicely on his chest and is only denied as keeper Asier Riesgo advances smartly to gather. There's something that sounds suspiciously like applause from the home fans.

Two minutes of added time to play.

Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

Eibar deserve a goal on their second-half performance. Real minds - players and fans alike - appear to be at least partly on Tuesday's Champions League return against Wolfsburg. That's understandable, but it has made this second half a bit of a non-event.

Real substitute Borja Mayoral takes a tumble under David Junca's challenge as he attempts to reach a deflected through pass. The forward's appeals for a penalty disappear into the air, unheeded.

HITS THE BAR

Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

If Danilo is going to win back the support of Real's fans, he needs to do better than this. The right-back is caught napping as Borja Baston flicks on an Eibar corner, allowing Gonzalo Escalante to plant a header against the bar from about three yards.

Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

One concern for Zinedine Zidane is that Jese, having just come off, is sitting on the bench with an ice pack on his knee. Zidane will hope that is nothing too serious.

Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

Real Madrid make their final change. Jese, who has played well today, makes way for Borja Mayoral.

There are long shadows across the pitch as the sun begins to set behind the stand.

Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

It's been a quiet second half, but Cristiano Ronaldo finally has a say. The Portugal forward dashes to the six-yard line to meet Jese's low cross from the right, but cannot stretch enough and turns the ball wide of the far post. Ronaldo rolls his eyes and looks skywards, like a 70s sitcom dad whose garden shed has just fallen down.

Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

Eibar make their final change. Keko comes off and Bosnian midfielder Izet Hajrovic, on loan from Werder Bremen, is on.

Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

A lucky escape for Real keeper Kiko Casilla here, as he charges out to deal with the through ball and sees his clearance loop up and away off the onrushing Borja Baston.

Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

Eibar have been much more disciplined in this second half, which is why the Real Madrid run rate has slowed. Real are still enjoying plenty of the ball, but are struggling to create openings with the ease they did in the first half.

Danilo is being whistled by his own fans every time he touches the ball. He has the air of a struggling stand-up comic in a bear pit.

Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

Another change for Real, as Danilo replaces Dani Carvajal. He enters to boos and whistles from the home fans, who were unimpressed by Danilo's poor display against Wolfsburg on Wednesday. They're an unforgiving lot at the Bernabeu...

In other news, I've just been passed some very tasty biscuits. No advertising, I'm afraid, as this is the BBC, but they're just what I need at this stage of proceedings.

Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez has been in the wars today. He got over a first-half knock when he fell awkwardly on his ankle; now he's been stamped on (accidentally, it would seem) by Eibar substitute Borja Baston. Nacho's a tough cookie, though. He's up on his feet and on he goes.

Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

Keko is looking lively for Eibar in this second half. He bursts down the right and cuts back a low ball to the edge of the penalty area, where David Junca charges in to drive wide. Chance, that.

Just to clear up Eibar's half-time substitutions, by the way, Junca and Borja Baston came on for Adrian Gonzalez and Jota. So we've lost the Brentford connection. Sorry about that. I'm sure Jota will be pleased to know that the Bees lead 1-0 at 10-man Ipswich in the Championship, anyway.

Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

Real are still creating plenty of chances of their own, though. Jese is played down the left, and his low cross looks certain to set up Lucas Vazquez in the centre - but Ivan Ramis, who has not had a great afternoon to this point, makes a fine interception for Eibar.

Zinedine Zidane makes a change, giving midfielder Casemiro a rest and sending on Mateo Kovacic.

Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

Another chance for Eibar. Keko cuts back from the byeline, and Borja Baston attempts a little back flick - but just takes the ball away from fellow striker Sergi Enrich as it rolls beyond the far post. This is better from the visitors. It's too late to make a difference, surely, but it's better.

Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

Borja immediately gets involved. The Atletico Madrid loanee quick to react as the ball falls to him 15 yards out, but Kiko Casilla saves well.

Then Cristiano Ronaldo stoops into a free header at the other end, and Asier Riesco dives to his left to push the ball aside.

KICK-OFF

Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

A couple of changes for Eibar at half-time. Borja Baston, their leading scorer, and David Junca, their first-choice left-back, are both on. I don't really understand why Jose Luis Mendilibar didn't start them.

First-half goals galore

Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

By my reckoning, that is the sixth time this season that Real have hit four or more first-half goals; they did it both home and away when they faced Espanyol, and at the Bernabeu against Getafe, Rayo Vallecano and Sporting Gijon - against whom they scored five before the break.

That match against Rayo Vallecano in December was arguably the most extraordinary of Rafa Benitez's short and unhappy seven-month reign as manager. Real won 10-2 that day. What chance a repeat?

30 up for Ronaldo

Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Cristiano Ronaldo's straightforward first-half finish means that he has now reached a target of 30 La Liga goals for the sixth successive season - the first player to do that in La Liga history. Not bad for a player who may well be moving on from the Bernabeu at the end of the season, with Paris St-Germain and Manchester United touted as potential destinations.

HALF-TIME

Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

I would imagine Eibar will stop defending quite so high up the pitch in the second half.

Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

It could have been five for Real there, as Isco worked some space in the penalty area, but the angle was tight, and his shot was deflected wide for a corner that came to nothing.

Eibar's heaviest defeat of the season so far came when they were beaten 4-0 at Barcelona on 6 March, although they did concede more goals in losing 5-2 at Athletic Bilbao in January.

Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

At the other end, Real keeper Kiko Casilla gets a chance to show off, diving to his left to beat out a header from Aleksandar Pantic after Eibar win a corner. A chance for the visitors, who have been monumentally hopeless in this first half. Ivan Ramis is carrying on, by the way, following his knock a couple of minutes ago.

GOAL - Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar (Jese)

Jese celebrates
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Another Real counter attack, another goal. This is training ground stuff. Cristiano Ronaldo surges away down the left, unencumbered by opposing challenges. When he rolls the ball across goal, Lucas Vazquez draws the defenders to the near post, then leaves it for Jese to tap in at the far.

Real Madrid 3-0 Eibar

Eibar defender Ivan Ramis goes flying into a challenge with Jese and is left groggy after smacking his head on the turf as he falls. James Rodriguez curls the resulting free-kick over the bar from the right edge of the penalty area.

Real Madrid 3-0 Eibar

Casemiro, who I thought had a great game for Real in last Sunday's El Clasico, goes piling into Eibar midfielder Gonzalo Escalante with a challenge that was so late, it's tempting to wonder if he misread the timetable...

My lovely horse

The play has slowed a little here - so let me tell you about horses for a moment. It's the Grand National today at Aintree, in Liverpool - the one horse race of the year that even my mum has a bet on. We've got it covered via a live text commentary on the site.

Real Madrid 3-0 Eibar

Gareth Bale, left on the bench today to keep him fresh for Tuesday's crucial Champions League quarter-final second leg against Wolfsburg, watches on. What would he give to be involved in this? Real could score a bagful here if they wanted to.

Real Madrid 3-0 Eibar

Eibar have won a corner. I can now tell you that their attacking set-pieces are no better than their offside trap.

Real Madrid 3-0 Eibar

That goal, by the way, puts Ronaldo four clear of Barcelona's Luis Suarez in the race for the Pichichi.

There's a bit of a worry here for Zinedine Zidane, though, as Real centre-back Nacho Fernandez falls awkwardly and needs treatment on his right ankle.

GOAL - Real Madrid 3-0 Eibar (Cristiano Ronaldo)

Cristiano Ronaldo
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I'm not entirely sure what Eibar's tactics are here, but they don't appear to involve defending. Their back line is playing much too high up the pitch, and they are caught out again as Jese races through on the break and tees up an unmarked Cristiano Ronaldo to score his 30th La Liga goal of the season.

GOAL - Real Madrid 2-0 Eibar (Lucas Vazquez)

Lucas Vazquez celebrates
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So, so simple. Isco plays a ball down the left, Cristiano Ronaldo swats aside a feeble challenge from Eibar's Serbian defender Aleksandar Pantic, and rolls the ball square for Lucas Vazquez to sweep in from 12 yards. And before there's time to draw breath...

Real Madrid 1-0 Eibar

Real Madrid have won five in a row in La Liga since they were beaten at home by neighbours Atletico on 27 February. Yet few expect them to make up a seven-point gap on leaders Barcelona in seven games. They will move up to second if they avoid defeat today (which they certainly should do on the evidence of a very comfortable first 15 minutes), but Atletico can regain that spot when they visit Espanyol in the 17:15 BST kick-off.

Real Madrid 1-0 Eibar

Dani Carvajal, given the nod at right-back by Zinedine Zidane today, gives away possession with a hopelessly ambitious crossfield pass inside his own half. Eibar midfielder Keko, with a chance to run at goal, ends up blasting a mile over the bar from about 30 yards out. They don't look very high on confidence, the visitors.

Real Madrid 1-0 Eibar

Eibar, playing only their second season in Spain's top flight, were sixth in La Liga after beating Granada 5-1 on 18 January, but have gathered five points from 11 matches since.

They're under pressure here; James Rodriguez crosses from the right to an unmarked Cristiano Ronaldo, whose header is well off target. A surprisingly iffy finish by La Liga's leading scorer there.

GOAL - Real Madrid 1-0 Eibar (James Rodriguez)

James Rodriguez celebrates
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Well, that didn't take long. Jese charges through the centre and is hauled down right in the edge of the penalty by Dani Garcia.

James Rodriguez steps up and steers the resulting free-kick around the wall and into the corner. It's Rodriguez's sixth La Liga goal of the season, his seventh overall, and the natural order is established early.

KICK-OFF

Real Madrid 0-0 Eibar

It's a sunny day in Madrid. We're off, with the home side in white, and Eibar in claret and blue stripes.

Today's games

Real Madrid v Eibar (15:00 BST)

A quick run through today's four La Liga matches before kick-off: Granada, just above the relegation zone, drew 0-0 with Malaga last night.

Real Madrid v Eibar (15:00 BST)

Espanyol v Atletico Madrid (17:15 BST)

Real Sociedad v Barcelona (19:30 BST)

Real Betis v Levante (21:05 BST)

Team news

Real Madrid v Eibar (15:00 BST)

Perhaps the most significant of Eibar's four changes is the dropping of 18-goal top scorer Borja Baston to the bench. Borja, on a season's loan from Atletico Madrid, was in terrific form earlier in the season, but has scored just once in his last eight games, so Sergi Enrich gets a chance in attack instead.

The visitors are without goalkeeper Jaime and defender Borja Ekisa through injury, while defender Mauro dos Santos is suspended.  

Eibar: Riesgo; Capa, Echaide, Ramis, Luna; Escalante, Garcia; Keko, Jota, Gonzalez; Enrich

Real Madrid v Eibar (15:00 BST)

Jota
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Fans of English football may be interested to see a couple of familiar names in Eibar's line-up. Centre-back Ivan Ramis had two-and-a-half injury-hit years at Wigan Athletic, while attacking midfielder Jota is on an 18-month loan from Brentford, who he helped to the Championship play-offs last season. Here's the proof - a picture of Jota taking on Lee Tomlin.

Real Madrid v Eibar (15:00 BST)

Eibar really are on the crest of a slump at the moment; just two points from their last seven matches, and one win in 11. Jose Luis Mendilibar's side, on 38 points, probably have enough in hand to avoid getting sucked into a relegation battle, but they are hardly primed to cause an upset today. So it seems, anyhow.