Zinedine Zidane believes Gareth Bale is fundamental to Real Madrid

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo gestures after missing a goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and SD Eibar at Ipurua stadium in Eibar northern Spain Saturday March10 2018. Real Madrid won the march 2-1. (AP

Cristiano Ronaldo was Real Madrid's hero yet again as the in-form Portugal star scored twice in Saturday's 2-1 win at Eibar, including the late victor that prevents them losing further ground on LaLiga's top two.

Eibar battled back after the break and levelled up on 50 minutes when Ivan Ramis headed home a corner.

Eibar conceded possession in manner like they did in the build-up to Real's first goal and the Portuguese nodded home the crucial goal off a Dani Carvajal cross.

After a slow start to the season, Ronaldo has netted 13 goals in his last seven appearances to take his total to 33 in 34 games this campaign.

Ronaldo scored twice, his second six minutes from the end, as Real won 2-1 and avoided another slip-up in La Liga.

Reporters and supporters were very curious about what happened to their captain late on in the game and Zidane didn't mind letting everybody know, in graphic detail, what had gone down.

After almost half an hour, Real's coach Zinedine Zidane was forced to make the first change, bringing in Nacho for Raphael Varane, who left the field after a skull-to-skull collision with Kike Garcia.

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"You've got to recognise the performance from Eibar, who put in a great display", Zidane added.

Bale struck his eighth Liga goal of the season by opening the scoring in Real's 3-1 win over Getafe on Saturday, though his half-hearted celebration was also seen as a sign of his discontent at being dropped from the starting 11.

Eibar appeared to target Madrid's full-backs and their crosses from both flanks continued to trouble, even if they often just missed the intended target.

The victory moves Real four points within second-placed Atletico Madrid.

Isco and Kroos made way for Karim Benzema and Lucas Vazquez with 19 minutes left but Eibar had two golden chances to score a second.

The Real Madrid vs Eibar match was just further proof he's once again at the top of his game.

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