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Karim Benzema drives Real Madrid to win over Eibar

Bale is set to miss La Liga matches against Eibar and Real Betis.

The French player scored the first goal just 14 minutes into the game.

The French striker scored twice, contributed an assist and created another as Real put a hard week, which saw them draw at home to Las Palmas and relinquish top spot, behind them with a comfortable victory.

Karim Benzema ended a goal drought of seven Liga games by scoring against Eibar.

Sergio Ramos has denied reports of a rift in the Real Madrid camp and insists he has never questioned Cristiano Ronaldo's attitude or work rate in matches.

Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez was delighted with victory over Eibar.

Real visit tiny Eibar hoping to get their bid for a first league title since 2012 back on track after losing top spot to Barcelona following Wednesday's 3-3 draw with Las Palmas but Zidane said he would not risk his team's talisman.

The hosts were in full control and went on to add a third goal in the 29th minute as Benzema turned provider to pick out James, who slotted into the top corner.

Salgado, who finished his career at Ewood Park, lives and breathes Madrid and is even married to the daughter of former club president Lorenzo Sanz.

With talisman Ronaldo unavailable and Bale suspended, Benzema was left to spearhead the Real attack alongside Asensio and Lucas Vazquez on each flank.

It's a remarkable streak made sweeter for Real Madrid fans because they can claim bragging rights over Barcelona once again.

Speaking after Madrid's 4-1 La Liga win at Eibar on Saturday afternoon eased some of the pressure around the Bernabeu, the Spain defender said in the Ipurua mixed zone that a meeting had taken place but the details reported were entirely wrong.

Zidane's men will be confronted by an Eibar side launching the most unlikely challenge for a place in Europe next season. "Every game is important, but the most important thing is for the player to be well that is why we will see what we do with Cristiano".

"We are a close-knit group, together, and this was very much reflected on the pitch".

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