Santiago Solari’s winning start as Real Madrid coach since he was appointed ended with a shameful defeat as Eibar won 3-0 to claim a first La Liga victory over their opponents.
Despite the away team enjoying the greater possession of the ball, it was the home team that actually did the damage with a resounding 3-0 victory that saw the home take a first half 1-0 lead.
Although Gareth Bale had a goal rightly disallowed for offside and Karim Benzema’s close-range effort was cleared off the line by Cote, Eibar remained on top to enjoy their fifth victory since this season.
Escalante’s first goal for the host in the 16th minutes was first ruled out for an offside position, but it took a lengthy VAR stoppage investigation before the goal was awarded to put the host in the lead.
Gareth Bale and Luka Modric gave the home goalkeeper Asier Riesgo a test from just outside the 18-yard-box but Eibar’s defense was intact despite taking a comfortable 3-0 lead with 33 minutes to go.
Obviously, this is a type of game where Real will appreciate the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo, who is now enjoying a new career in the Juventus.
The loss means Madrid remain sixth on the table ahead of their European encounter during the week.