Rayo Madrid 2: Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez on the right track in Vital Win
Cristiano Ronaldo’s 48th objective of another outstanding season set Real Madrid in order to a battling 2- victory over Rayo Vallecano.
La Liga leaders Barcelona eased to some 4- make an impression on battling Almeria previously Wednesday and Real suffered an even more testing encounter against their tireless near-neighbours.
Rayo attacked with verve and intelligence because they enjoyed the greater from the first half and, although Real improved following the interval, the prolific form showcased during Sunday’s 9-1 destruction of Granada eluded them.
Ronaldo netted a outstanding five occasions for the reason that game, but his solitary 68th-minute header here was perhaps of greater importance with regards to the title race.
The Ballon d’Or holder switched provider for that impressive James Rodriguez to help make the points safe with 17 minutes left – making certain Real remain four points behind Barca and five in front of reigning champions Atletico Madrid in third.
Rodriguez entered for Ronaldo to volley wide within the seventh minute prior to the Colombia playmaker was thwarted by David Cobeno, who began in goal for Rayo after Cristian Alvarez was hurt throughout the warm-up.
Among individuals two chances, Gael Kakuta sent a 25-yard effort whizzing narrowly off target and Iker Casillas did well to help keep out a minimal strike from Alberto Bueno as Paco Jemez’s men performed a complete part within an entertaining opening period.
Gareth Bale netted a controlled volley within the 23rd minute but was properly ruled to become offside around the finish of Luka Modric’s lofted throughball.
It had been an uncommon moment of encouragement throughout the first half legitimate as Rayo, buoyed with a run of 4 wins within their previous five matches, dominated possession and pressed to stifle Real’s creativeness.
Manucho almost switched a 34th-minute corner past Casillas and also the The country goalie made a much better reaction save from Roberto Trashorras’ back-publish header.
Real boss Carlo Ancelotti had plenty to ponder in the break as Rayo were rapturously applauded in the field.
FINAL: Rayo Vallecano -2 Real Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 68’ James, 73’) #RVMvsRealMadrid #RMLive pic.twitter.com/3plESw2AOM
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The visitors started the 2nd half in additional encouraging fashion, as Bale sent a diving header agonisingly wide from Rodriguez’s searching mix.
Ronaldo was booked for simulation as he had penalty claims rejected prior to the Portugal star coupled with Bale for Karim Benzema to drag a go beyond the far publish within the 53rd minute.
Marcelo and Bale hit rasping drives just wide just as real started up pressure further – Rodriguez showcasing some dazzling hard work before crashing a left-footed shot over and done with 65 minutes performed.
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Finally, pressure told when full-back Dani Carvajal raced lower the best flank and Ronaldo stooped to mind home his mix.
Rayo surged forward in reaction as Nacho stung Casillas’ mitts from 20 yards but Rodriguez got the aim his efforts deserved, slotting in to the bottom corner with 17 minutes to experience.
Casillas added an additional flourish to some fine evening’s work when Manucho headed towards the end corner and Rayo full-back Tito lashed a go wastefully wide, meaning Ancelotti’s side happily prevented a grandstand finish.