Eibar 0-4 Real Madrid: three things we learned

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Plucky Eibar hosted reigning European champions Real Madrid at Ipurua in a game that brought together two teams from the opposite end of La Liga's spectrum.

If any perspective was required, then four of Madrid's players earn more in a week than the entire yearly sporting budget of the hosts.

The entire Basque town would fit inside the Santiago Bernabeu stadium and leave 55,000 empty seats!

Yet Eibar had proved the commentators wrong before now with some high-quality performances and results.

Let's take a look at three things we learned from Saturday night's game.

Refereeing standards low

The standard of refereeing is a bit of a sore point at the moment, and once again decisions from the officials here brought their own performance to the fore.

Eibar had more than held their own for the first 20 minutes and indeed looked comfortable, despite the obvious gap in class.

In the build up to James Rodriguez's opener, Karim Benzema was at least three yards offside when touching the ball. 

Somehow, such a blatant breach of the rules went unpunished.

Back to school for the officials...

The continued improvement of Gareth Bale

There's little point in denying it any longer...Gareth Bale is world class.

The Welshman could've allowed a €100 million price tag to become a millstone around his neck, but instead he has worked hard to justify his weekly presence in the first team.

Here again, Bale's performance was out of the very top draw.

Although a brilliant save stopped Bale's free-kick from opening the scoring, the quality of the strike was as good as anything team mate Ronaldo has produced.

Covering the ground at breakneck speed but always in control of the football, Bale was a thorn in Eibar's side all game long. 

Class told in the end

Whilst the scoreline is a little harsh on the hosts, when the dust settles it will show the gulf in class between the sides.

Los Blancos knew how to finish on the day, Eibar couldn't make the most of the half chances that came their way.

Eibar's presence in the top division is well-deserved and there will surely be a sense of disappointment at the final outcome, given how well the opening period had gone.

Carlo Ancelotti and his men can look upon the game as a job well done, and one which keeps them atop La Liga for another week at least.

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