Sports Desk- Real Madrid started with a win in La Liga, the football league that resumed in Spain between COVID-19. Real Madrid beat Eibar 3–1 in the first match. In the league being played without an audience, Marcelo of Madrid protest against apartheid after the goal. Marcelo bends kneeled and supported the #BlackLivesMatter campaign.
He scored the third goal for the team in the 37th minute. Earlier, Toni Kroos scored 1-1 in the fourth and Sergio Ramos in the 30th minute. A goal for Eibar was scored by Pedro Bigas in the 60th minute.
There were no fans at the 6,000-capacity Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium, which is used mostly by Madrid’s “B” team.
Madrid players walked a few hundred meters (yards) from the team’s housing facilities to the stadium for the match that marked the club’s return after a pause of more than three months because of the pandemic.
A large banner in the stands spanned from one goal line to the other with the image of a black ribbon and the message “in our hearts,” honoring the nearly 28,000 who have died with COVID-19 in Spain.
The league officially resumed on Thursday with third-place Sevilla defeating city rival Real Betis 2-0. The victory kept Madrid two points behind Barcelona, which returned on Saturday with a 4-0 rout at Mallorca. Eibar and Mallorca are both fighting relegation.