Rayo Vallecano suffered a shock 3-2 loss to Real Madrid in LaLiga on Monday night, leaving the defending champions with their first loss of the season on Spain’s top flight.
Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema was rested as Real Madrid sought to return to the top of LaLiga in a nasty game that saw teams trade off goals in the first half and Oscar Trejo taking a free-kick. temple in the second half to help Rayo win big at the Estadio de Vallecas in Madrid.
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The hosts opened the scoring in the 5th minute thanks to a lovely volley from Santiago Comesana, who redirected Fran Garcia’s cross with a first shot that left Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois no chance to score. catch up.
Courtois was called on in the 30th minute to keep Madrid from conceding a single goal as Isi Palazon’s long-range shot went into the back of the net.
The first half ended with confusion. Luka Modric scored from the spot for Madrid after Marco Asensio was fouled inside the box, then Eder Militao headed home the visitors from a corner.
But Alvaro Garcia equaled Rayo just before half-time, smashing a volley past Courtois in a strange sequence in the Madrid box, sending the ball into the home forward’s feet behind to make it 2. -2 in the first half. .
A VAR review resulted in the goal taking the lead for Andoni Iraola’s team, with video showing Dani Carvajal touching the edge of the box to let Trejo take the lead over Rayo from a 67th-minute spot in the second. bridge. Courtois saved Trejo’s first attempt, but Carvajal was blocked while taking the kick and the Spaniard didn’t miss with the second attempt.
The referee showed a total of seven yellow cards in the match with one going to Vinicius Junior, who had left the field of play and was enjoying a rough play, and Rayo coach Iraola showed a direct red card for inappropriate behavior. right.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side struggled to get back into the game, but Rayo stood firm to see the results and left Madrid with 32 points from 13 games, two points behind leaders Barcelona. The hosts finish the day in eighth place with 21 points so far this season.
“I’m not surprised because we all know how they play, they played better and more accurately than we did today and it was a well-deserved win for them,” Ancelotti said after the game. “We lost too many challenges. They were overwhelming. It doesn’t matter if you have more quality if your opponent has more intensity than you.
“I think we started the season well, but the whole team felt the schedule was tired before the World Cup.”