Real Madrid struggles magnified in Eibar blowout

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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.