Zinedine Zidane's side is behind Atletico on goal difference. The city rivals are three points ahead of Real Sociedad and eight points ahead of Barcelona, which is in fifth place behind Villarreal.
Eibar vs Real Madrid: Real Madrid's Karim Benzema kicks the ball between Eibar's Kevin Rodriguez and Eibar's Anaitz Arbilla during the Spanish La Liga match between Eibar and Real Madrid, at Ipurua stadium, in Eibar, northern Spain. (AP Photo)
Karim Benzema scored one goal and set up another to lead Real Madrid to a 3-1 win at Eibar, keeping the defending champions level on points with Atletico Madrid at the top of the Spanish league.
Zinedine Zidane’s side is behind Atletico on goal difference. The city rivals are three points ahead of Real Sociedad and eight points ahead of Barcelona, which is in fifth place behind Villarreal.
Benzema opened the scoring in the sixth minute on Sunday when he controlled an expert pass from Rodrygo before knocking the ball past goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic.
The French striker assisted Luka Modric in the 12th after he dribbled around a defender and found the Croatia midfielder arriving unmarked at the edge of the area. Modric fired a right-footed strike into the upper part of the net to score what proved to be the winning goal.
Eibar stayed true to coach Jose Mendilibar’s playing style of pressuring high up the field, and what looked like a Madrid rout became an entertaining contest.
Kike Garcia got Eibar back in the game in the 28th when the striker scored a brilliant strike from outside the area, curling a long shot beyond the reach of Thibaut Courtois and inside the far post.
Both attacks continued to create scoring chances but the defenses kept the score from moving until stoppage time.
Moments after Sergio Ramos blocked a chance by Eibar’s Pedro Vigas, an attack at the other end saw Lucas Vazquez beat Dmitrovic for Madrid’s third goal.