Any hopes Eibar had of a positive result had always been extinguished, though, as Madrid put the pressure back on Barca and turned their attention to next week's crucial UEFA Champions League last-16 second-leg match with Napoli, which they lead 3-1.
James Rodriguez provided the cross for Benzema's second goal and the Frenchman returned the favour for his Colombian team mate to net his first league goal since September in the 29th minute.
"Now we're top with a game in hand and in a very good position".
You can see the full stat in the tweet below from our friends at WhoScored. He played a very complete match scoring two goals.
Ronaldo wasn't fit for the match but should be back this week, while Bale was serving the first match of his two-match suspension for his red card against Las Palmas midweek.
Manager Zinedine Zidane said Bale apologised for his actions and was disappointed by his behaviour.
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Karim Benzema (Real Madrid): Just when the consensus was that Alvaro Morata had nailed down the number nine spot in Zidane's side, Benzema turns in a performance like this.
Zidane's men will be confronted by an Eibar side launching the most unlikely challenge for a place in Europe next season.
"They want you to be in the fabric of their lives and I know it is not easy for players to move from England and assert themselves in Spain". It's hard when you don't habitually play and today he was one of the best players in the team.
Boateng has scored seven goals for the Canary club, that is better than he has done in the last three years. "They are hungry and that is going to help us aspire to winning titles", said Ramos.
According to Marca journalist Carlos Carpio, the risk of Real Madrid losing Isco to the Premier League this summer is "very high".
Real Madrid lost their grip on La Liga, falling behind Barcelona on the table!