REPORT | 02/11/2013 | Alberto NavarroThe two goals from the Portuguese and one from Benzema sealed the victory against Rayo three days before the visit to Juventus in the Champions League. Bale set up two of the goals.
- Liga BBVA
- Matchday 12
- Sat, 02 Nov
The Whites now had the lead. The struggle for the ball in the midfield was brutal, but neither team was able to reach the opponent's area until Lass crossed a ball in from the right wing after 28 minutes and Iago Falqué found the net. The goal was correctly ruled out by the referee because the ball glanced off Viera, who was in an offside position.
The incident spurred on Real Madrid and three minutes later they added to their lead. Bale passed Nacho with a sweet dummy and his cross teed up Benzema, who finished things off with his head. It was the third assist for the Welshman in just two games and also the third goal for the Frenchman in the last four days.
The visitors were giving their opponent's a lesson, causing damage on the counter and they could have scored a third before the break from two consecutive chances for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese player's volley in the 44th minute after a pass from Di María sailed over the bar, while his header in added time after a cross from Carvajal was inches from Rubén's goal.
The second half, in which Illarra replaced Xabi Alonso, who was making his return to the starting line-up, started in a similar vein to the first. Real Madrid scored again after three minutes of play, again through Cristiano Ronaldo. The move belonged to Bale, who won the ball on the right wing, lost his opposite number with a subtle touch and set up the Portuguese for his thirteenth goal, which puts him at the top of the goal-scorers table, level with Diego Costa.
From there, the match changed, and in the two minutes between the 53rd and the 57th, Rayo got back into the game with two penalties. The first came through a Pepe foul on Viera and the second from Marcelo, who brought Bueno down after a move in which Larrivey hit the crossbar. Viera converted both to liven up the clash.
There was more than half an hour to go and it was all to play for in Vallecas. Rayo, who upped their game after their two goals, applied the pressure and Real Madrid got to work. An exceptional save from Diego López from a Bueno shot prevented the home team from levelling the match in the 65th minute. The ball hit the post after the visiting goalkeeper's save.
And from a possible home goal arose a great chance for the visitors in the 76th minute. Cristiano Ronaldo picked the ball up in the middle of the pitch, darted to the edge of the box and his sudden shot across the goal forced a great save from Rubén, who had to make another stop against the Portuguese after the rebound. The Whites saw the match out to seal the win and can now concentrate on Tuesday's game against Juventus.