Wales forward Gareth Bale scored twice as Real Madrid ended a run of two successive defeats with an emphatic victory over Rayo Vallecano.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a cool finish from Bale's pass for his 44th goal of the season.

Right-back Dani Carvajal side-footed in a second from Ronaldo's lay-off before £85m summer signing Bale tapped in.

The former Spurs player scored a fine solo effort soon after, before Alvaro Morata curled in a stunning fifth.

It was the perfect response from Real after losing lost 4-3 to Barcelona last weekend and 2-1 to Sevilla on Wednesday.

Brilliant Bale

  • Gareth Bale now has 12 La Liga goals and 12 assists
  • He has 15 goals in 34 games in all competitions

Carlo Ancelotti's side move onto 73 points but remain third, two points behind Barcelona and three adrift of leaders Atletico Madrid.

Perhaps conscious of the fact their title rivals had both won earlier on Saturday, Real started at a high tempo as they looked to grab an early goal.

Karim Benzema forced Rayo Vallecano goalkeeper Ruben into a decent save from six yards, before Fabio Coentrao saw his inviting cross stabbed away by visiting midfielder Roberto Trashorras.

And given Real's blistering start, it was little surprise when they took the lead with 15 minutes on the clock.

Ronaldo sliced through the Vallecano defence to latch onto a Bale through-ball and the Portuguese forward placed a low shot beyond Ruben.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo's goal means he has scored in eight consecutive games

The visitors were struggling to make a telling impact and had only once chance of note before the interval, with Jose Carlos flashing an effort well wide.

And any hope they had of mustering a fightback in the second half was ended when Bale scored twice in quick succession.

His first was a simple tap-in following Angel Di Maria's cross, but his second was one of real quality as he sprinted towards the Vallecano box from his own area and beat a defender before rifling home a low shot beyond Ruben.

Though victory was assured, Real continued to attack as they looked to add gloss to an already dominant scoreline.

Ronaldo looked certain to score again when he raced into the area but took one touch too many, allowing the visitors to clear.

A fifth duly arrived, though, when Morata found space on the edge of the area and curled a superb shot into the far corner.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Real Madrid

  • 25 López
  • 15 Carvajal Booked
  • 05 Fábio Coentrão
  • 14 Alonso
  • 03 Pepe
  • 04 Ramos
  • 24 Illarramendi (Isco - 62' )
  • 22 Di María (Casemiro - 70' )
  • 09 Benzema (Morata - 73' )
  • 11 Bale
  • 07 Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 01 Casillas
  • 02 Varane
  • 12 Marcelo
  • 16 Casemiro
  • 18 Nacho
  • 21 Morata
  • 23 Isco

Rayo Vallecano

  • 13 Martínez
  • 21 Arbilla
  • 15 Rat-Dinca
  • 22 Ñíguez
  • 18 Rosa Vale Castro
  • 40 López Menéndez
  • 16 Rochina (Fernández Vázquez - 25' )
  • 10 Trashorras
  • 20 Larrivey (Longo - 70' )
  • 23 Bueno (Viera Ramos - 59' )
  • 24 Falque

Substitutes

  • 01 Cobeño
  • 03 Martínez García
  • 04 Baena
  • 07 Bangoura
  • 09 Fernández Vázquez
  • 12 Longo
  • 19 Viera Ramos
Ref: Carlos Delgado Ferreiro
Att: 60,174

Match Stats

Shots

16 15

On target

7 2

Corners

4 6

Fouls

13 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Real Madrid 5, Rayo Vallecano 0.

90:00 +1:55 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Real Madrid 5, Rayo Vallecano 0.

90:00 +1:53

Attempt missed. Iago Falqué (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Roberto Trashorras.

90:00 +0:39

Attempt missed. Jonathan Viera (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

88:50

Foul by Razvan Rat (Rayo Vallecano).

88:50

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:30

Offside, Real Madrid. Xabi Alonso tries a through ball, but Fábio Coentrão is caught offside.

85:35

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Isco with a cross following a set piece situation.

85:05

Foul by Saúl Ñíguez (Rayo Vallecano).

85:05

Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:07

Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Isco with a through ball following a set piece situation.

83:42

Foul by Jonathan Viera (Rayo Vallecano).

83:42

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:29

Attempt blocked. Pepe (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

83:26

Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

82:54

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Borja López.

81:33

José Carlos went off injured after Rayo Vallecano had used all subs.

80:11

Attempt blocked. Saúl Ñíguez (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

79:01

José Carlos (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:01

Foul by Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid).

77:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Madrid 5, Rayo Vallecano 0. Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Isco.

74:51

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Isco with a through ball.

73:18

Foul by Borja López (Rayo Vallecano).

73:18

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Morata replaces Karim Benzema.

72:24

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Fábio Coentrão.

69:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Madrid 4, Rayo Vallecano 0. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pepe following a fast break.

69:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Casemiro replaces Ángel Di María.

69:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rayo Vallecano. Samuele Longo replaces Joaquín Larrivey.

68:35

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

68:33

Attempt blocked. José Carlos (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Viera.

67:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Madrid 3, Rayo Vallecano 0. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

66:29

Attempt missed. Iago Falqué (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Roberto Trashorras.

64:04

Attempt missed. Jonathan Viera (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

62:49 Booking

Booking Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

62:45

Jonathan Viera (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:45

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

61:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Isco replaces Asier Illarramendi.

58:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rayo Vallecano. Jonathan Viera replaces Alberto Bueno.

58:27

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:27

Foul by Joaquín Larrivey (Rayo Vallecano).

57:21

Attempt saved. Saúl Ñíguez (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

57:11

Attempt blocked. Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Anaitz Arbilla.

56:11

Saúl Ñíguez (Rayo Vallecano) hits the left post with a header from the left side of the box. Assisted by José Carlos with a cross following a corner.

55:45

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Pepe.

55:44

Attempt blocked. Joaquín Larrivey (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anaitz Arbilla with a through ball.

54:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Madrid 2, Rayo Vallecano 0. Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

51:35

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

49:32

Offside, Real Madrid. Ángel Di María tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

48:43

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:43

Foul by Joaquín Larrivey (Rayo Vallecano).

48:14

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Fábio Coentrão.

47:18

Foul by Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid).

47:18

José Carlos (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Real Madrid 1, Rayo Vallecano 0.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Real Madrid 1, Rayo Vallecano 0.

45:00 +0:58

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

45:00 +0:58

Borja López (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:47

Foul by Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid).

44:47

Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick on the right wing.

41:30

Attempt missed. José Carlos (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from long range on the right is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

40:39

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

40:39

José Carlos (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick on the right wing.

37:32

Hand ball by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).

36:46

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:46

Foul by Razvan Rat (Rayo Vallecano).

36:18

Attempt blocked. Joaquín Larrivey (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alberto Bueno.

34:15

Foul by Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid).

34:15

Saúl Ñíguez (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:47

Attempt missed. Saúl Ñíguez (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by José Carlos.

31:07

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

30:36

Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

29:11

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:11

Foul by Zé Castro (Rayo Vallecano).

28:11

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Zé Castro.

27:00

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:00

Foul by Joaquín Larrivey (Rayo Vallecano).

25:36

Hand ball by José Carlos (Rayo Vallecano).

24:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rayo Vallecano. José Carlos replaces Rubén Rochina.

23:47

Hand ball by Anaitz Arbilla (Rayo Vallecano).

23:22

Attempt blocked. Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Zé Castro.

22:49

Foul by Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid).

22:49

Roberto Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:18

Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:18

Foul by Anaitz Arbilla (Rayo Vallecano).

20:30

Offside, Real Madrid. Ángel Di María tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

16:14

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Asier Illarramendi.

14:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Madrid 1, Rayo Vallecano 0. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gareth Bale.

13:42

Foul by Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid).

13:42

Joaquín Larrivey (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:59

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Anaitz Arbilla.

11:12

Foul by Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid).

11:12

Rubén Rochina (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:30

Attempt saved. Saúl Ñíguez (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Razvan Rat.

7:28

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

6:46

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

6:46

Rubén Rochina (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:43

Foul by Joaquín Larrivey (Rayo Vallecano).

5:43

Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:36

Attempt blocked. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal.

4:41

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Borja López.

3:07

Dangerous play by Rubén Rochina (Rayo Vallecano).

3:07

Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:20

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

2:18

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gareth Bale.

0:37

Anaitz Arbilla (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:37

Foul by Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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