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24th Nov 2018

WATCH: Real Madrid suffer 3-0 defeat to Eibar in Solari’s first league game as permanent manager

Real Madrid were beaten convincingly 3-0 by Eibar in Santiago Solari's first league game since being given the manager's position

Reuben Pinder

Perhaps Solari doesn’t have all the answers

Real Madrid suffered a humbling away defeat to Eibar on Saturday afternoon, conceding three goals before the hour mark.

It was Madrid’s first league game since Santiago Solari was officially appointed as manager after a successful two week spell as interim boss.

During that fortnight, Madrid won four matches scoring 15 goals in total, but were brought back down to earth by Eibar, who cut through the European champions with ease.

Barcelona loanee Marc Cucurella caused all sorts of problems for Real Madrid, terrorising Álvaro Odriozola, whose heavy touch gifted Eibar their second goal.

The Basque side, whose stadium holds just 7,000 people, had only scored three goals against Real Madrid in their entire history before today. This afternoon, that tally doubled.

The first goal came after 16 minutes as Eibar broke down the left and a low cross fell to Gonzalo Escalante, who prodded the ball home to break the deadlock.

The referee consulted VAR, which confirmed that the goal should stand.

Eibar then doubled their lead after the break, when Sergi Enrich took advantage of some sloppy passing from Real Madrid in their own half.

The third and final goal of the afternoon was scored by Kike, who pounced onto a loose ball after Thibaut Courtois failed to collect a low cross, again.

You’d have been forgiven for thinking that Madrid’s run of form under Solari would continue, and the European champions were on track to return to winning ways. But evidently, there are still big problems to fix for Los Blancos, who sit below Espanyol and Deportivo Alaves in the LaLiga table.

Madrid face Roma in the Champions League midweek before welcoming Valencia to the Bernabéu next weekend.

Despite having won just two league games this season, with eight draws, Valencia will fancy their chances of taking home all three points after another lacklustre performance from Madrid this afternoon.