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Real Madrid struggles magnified in Eibar blowout

Marc Cucurella, Paulo Oliveira

Deportivo SD Eibar’s Marc Cucurella, top left, and Paulo Oliveira celebrate the third goal of their team during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and SD Eibar at Ipurua stadium, in Eibar, northern Spain, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)


Eibar took advantage of poor, poor defending, even getting the better of Raphael Varane as Real Madrid’s struggle of a season continued with a 3-0 loss at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium on Saturday.

Gonzalo Escalante, Sergi Enrich, and Kike scored for Eibar, as Real moved to 6W-2D-5L to start the season.

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Gareth Bale was out there, as was Toni Kroos. This was a full-strength Real Madrid side which continues its poor play in La Liga. And yes, Thibaut Courtois was between the sticks for all three Eibar goals.

Remember: Real finished third in La Liga last season, closer to fifth than first, but saw its problems under Zinedine Zidane masked by a historic UEFA Champions League win.

Eibar moves two points back of sixth place Real, who is four points back of leaders Barcelona. Barca faces third place Atletico Madrid later.

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