La Liga: Marcelo scores, bends the knee as Real Madrid beat Eibar 3-1 on return

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Playing a house recreation however not at its famed Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Real Madrid resumed its Spanish league marketing campaign with a 3-1 win over Eibar on Sunday to maintain tempo with chief Barcelona. Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo scored a purpose every — with Marcelo taking a knee and elevating one among his palms within the air — as Madrid gained the sport on the membership’s coaching heart whereas main renovation work takes place on the 80,000-capacity Bernabéu, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) away.

Eden Hazard, who had been anticipated to overlook the remainder of the season due to a foot damage sustained earlier than the coronavirus pandemic, thrived on his return and arrange two of the targets within the recreation. There have been no followers on the 6,000-capacity Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium, which is used largely by Madrid’s “B” crew.

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Madrid gamers walked just a few hundred meters (yards) from the crew’s housing amenities to the stadium for the match that marked the membership’s return after a pause of greater than three months due to the pandemic.

A big banner within the stands spanned from one purpose line to the opposite with the picture of a black ribbon and the message “in our hearts,” honoring the practically 28,000 who’ve died with COVID-19 in Spain. The league formally resumed on Thursday with third-place Sevilla defeating metropolis rival Real Betis 2-0.

The victory stored Madrid two factors behind Barcelona, which returned on Saturday with a 4-Zero rout at Mallorca. Eibar and Mallorca are each combating relegation.

Madrid dominated from the beginning and Kroos opened the scoring with a shot into the highest nook within the fourth minute. Ramos added to the lead from shut vary within the 30th after a go by Hazard, who began the buildup for Marcelo’s strike from inside the realm within the 37th.

Eibar, sitting two factors outdoors the relegation zone, bought its solely purpose from Pedro Bigas within the 60th.

Ramos had scored the primary purpose on the Alfredo Di Stéfano when it was inaugurated with an exhibition match in 2006. Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane additionally was in that recreation that opened the ability named after the previous Argentina and Madrid nice.

Madrid is anticipated to play all of its remaining dwelling matches on the Alfredo Di Stéfano as a result of the Bernabéu will proceed to bear renovation work throughout the summer season. The membership is more likely to stay on the Alfredo Di Stéfano for the remainder of the season even when followers are allowed again earlier than then, which the league has stated is a chance.

ATLÉTICO HELD

Atlético Madrid’s struggles continued as its season resumed after being held 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao for its third straight league draw.

The setback stored Diego Simeone’s crew in sixth place, outdoors the Champions League spots.

The targets on the empty San Mamés Stadium got here a few minutes aside late within the first half, with Athletic’s Iker Muniain scoring within the 37th and Atlético equalizing with Diego Costa within the 39th for his first purpose since final October.

During the celebration, Costa held the jersey of Atlético girls’s crew participant Virginia Torrecilla, who’s recovering from mind surgical procedure to take away a tumor.

It was the 13th league draw for Atlético, which has solely two wins in its final 9 league matches.

“We earned a draw at a tricky place however we have to begin profitable three factors if we need to keep in rivalry to qualify for the Champions League,” Atlético midfielder Jorge “Koke” Resurrección stated. “It shall be troublesome if we don’t begin profitable matches.”

Atlético’s final match earlier than the break had been an away victory towards Liverpool that eradicated the titleholders within the Champions League spherical of 16. But Atlético had drawn its final two league matches — towards Sevilla and Espanyol — to drop within the standings and stay removed from the leaders. It trails Barcelona by 15 factors with 10 rounds left.

Atlético has the identical 46 factors as fifth-place Getafe and fourth-place Real Sociedad. Getafe misplaced at Granada on Friday, whereas Sociedad hosts Osasuna later Sunday.

Athletic, which had gained two in a row earlier than the break, stayed in 10th place.

It was Athletic’s first recreation since striker Aritz Aduriz introduced his retirement. The 39-year-old Aduriz determined to not come again as soon as the season resumed after docs stated he would wish a hip substitute.

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