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Real Madrid 5-1 Rayo Vallecano

By Sam SheringhamBBC Sport
Karim Benzema & Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo scored for the 10th straight league game and Gareth Bale found the net on his return from injury as Real Madrid crushed Rayo Vallecano to restore their two-point league lead.

Bale opened the scoring when he turned in a low cross from Toni Kroos.

Sergio Ramos made it 2-0 from a corner but Alberto Bueno pulled one back after a James Rodriguez mistake.

Kroos scored from 25 yards and Karim Benzema tapped in before Ronaldo scored a breakaway goal to complete the rout.

The Portuguese star now has a staggering 23 goals in all competitions this season, including 18 in 10 league appearances.

Real had briefly been deposed as league leaders by Barcelona on Saturday, but responded in typical style.

Goal machine
Real have scored at least five goals in five of their last eight league matches
The European champions are averaging four goals per game in their last 13

Bale, preferred to Isco in the starting line-up after recovering from a muscle injury, took only nine minutes to get on the scoresheet.

Ronaldo fed Kroos down the left and the German's low cross left Bale with a simple tap-in.

Benzema headed against the bar from a corner, but Real extended their lead from the next set-piece as Ramos stuck out a thigh to loop the ball past Cristian Alvarez.

On the stroke of half-time, James Rodriguez handed the visitors a life-line as he inexplicably gifted the ball to Leo Baptistao.

Rayo's top-scorer calmly passed to Alberto Bueno, who rounded goalkeeper Keylor Navas and slotted home.

Any danger to Real's supremacy was snuffed out in the space of four second-half minutes. Ronaldo set up Kroos to curl a fine low shot into the corner, and Benzema tapped in the Portuguese's cross, albeit from an offside position.

Ronaldo's inevitable goal arrived seven minutes from time as he burst onto Isco's through-ball, cut inside and released a shot, which squirmed under Alvarez's body.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo received the Golden Boot for European top scorer before kick-off
Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale was returning from a five-game absence from the starting line-up
Toni Kroos
Toni Kroos helped Germany win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil


Real Madrid

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Navas
  • 18Nacho
  • 3Pepe
  • 4Ramos
  • 12Marcelo
  • 11BaleSubstituted forHernándezat 84'minutes
  • 19Modric
  • 8Kroos
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forIscoat 68'minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forMedránat 84'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo


  • 1Casillas
  • 2Varane
  • 14Hernández
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 23Isco
  • 26Medrán
  • 32Aguza

Rayo Vallecano

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Álvarez
  • 2Román TrigueroBooked at 56mins
  • 18Rosa Vale Castro
  • 15Ba
  • 14InsúaSubstituted forMarín Ruizat 25'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 6FatauBooked at 45mins
  • 10TrashorrasSubstituted forSánchez Ruizat 62'minutes
  • 22Pereira CarneiroBooked at 79mins
  • 23Bueno
  • 12Kakuta
  • 19BaptistaoSubstituted forContreiras Gonçalvesat 72'minutes


  • 1Cobeño
  • 8Baena
  • 9Contreiras Gonçalves
  • 16Aquino
  • 17Marín Ruiz
  • 21Sánchez Ruiz
  • 24Pozuelo Melero
Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamRayo Vallecano
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 5, Rayo Vallecano 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 5, Rayo Vallecano 1.

  3. Booking

    Quini (Rayo Vallecano) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Quini (Rayo Vallecano).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Luka Modric (Real Madrid).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Álvaro Medrán (Real Madrid).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Álvaro Medrán (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Manucho (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jozabed.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Javier Hernández (Real Madrid).

  14. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Álvaro Medrán tries a through ball, but Isco is caught offside.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Javier Hernández replaces Gareth Bale.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Medrán replaces Karim Benzema.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Real Madrid 5, Rayo Vallecano 1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Isco following a fast break.

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Gaël Kakuta (Rayo Vallecano).

  20. Post update

    Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 8th November 2014

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