Marcelo scores as Real Madrid mark La Liga return with 3-1 win over Eibar
With construction work currently ongoing at the Santiago Bernabeu, Los Blancos played their first fixture at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano where their remaining home games this season would be played.
With Barcelona winning on Saturday, Real Madrid needed nothing but a win and it took only three minutes before they opened their account.
Toni Kroos scored with a sublime finish from just inside the area after Karim Benzema made a good cut back. There was initial suspicion of offside, but the goal stood after a VAR check.
Sergio Ramos added the second on the half hour mark when he connected to a pass from Eden Hazard as both men were clear on goal.
Seven minutes later, Marcelo would be getting himself on the scoresheet as well. A brilliant play started by Karim Benzema found its way to Hazard on the right flank. His shot at Eibar goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic was parried away but came right to the path of the Brazilian who fired home.
Marcelo stole headlines with the manner of his celebration. He became the latest footballer to ‘take a knee’ in solidarity with Black Lives Matter that has seen a lot of support from players and clubs all over the world as well.
The likes of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Thuram and Achraf Hakimi have all produced similar gestures in solidarity after scoring in Bundesliga.
Marcelo recently joined in a FIFA campaign that starred the likes of Gianluigi Buffon and Gerard Pique with the sole aim of the video to kick against racism. Hence, his celebration didn’t come as a surprise.
The Brazilian has seen less action in the current campaign for Real Madrid compared to other seasons. The 32-year-old has only managed 12 La Liga appearances this season.
His goal against Eibar was his first La Liga goal for Los Blancos this season.