Real Madrid defeated Eibar 3-1 on Sunday in their first competitive match at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium following La Liga’s three-month break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Toni Kroos got Real off to an ideal start at the empty stadium by scoring in the fourth minute while captain Sergio Ramos struck on the half-hour mark before Marcelo netted in the 37th.
Real did ease off after the interval and Eibar forward Sergi Enrich struck the woodwork before Pedro Bigas pulled a goal back for the visiting side on the hour mark.
Real coach Zidane used all five of his substitutions allowed for all post COVID 19 competitive matches.
The win keeps Real on Barcelona’s heels with 59 points after 28 games. They are two points behind Barca after the Catalans beat Real Mallorca 4-0 on Saturday.
With the win tonight, Madrid move within two points of FC Barcelona again. Barça face a tricky away day in Seville next Friday as Zidane’s men welcome Valencia a day earlier.