REPORT | 28/04/2019 | Alberto NavarroThe Whites welcome Villarreal to the Bernabéu in the next game.
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- Matchday 35
The Rayo defender was involved again four minutes later. A pass from Carvajal to Mariano, who found the space to shoot past Alberto, but the left leg of the Senegalese defender prevented it from going in. The home side didn't sit back and Pozo had two chances to score. The first he struck well with his left foot, but Courtois kept his effort out. Then, in the 17th minute, the goalkeeper prevented Rayo from scoring in a one-on-one.
Spot-kick awarded after VAR consultation
Halfway through the first half, Adrián Embarba handed Rayo the lead after a penalty was awarded against Jesús Vallejo following a challenge on Javier Guerra. The incident was initially consulted by the VAR, before the on-field referee referred to the pitchside screen. Madrid would now have to stage a comeback and they had a chance to level matters in the 40th minute when Dani Ceballos's bullet header flew narrowly wide of the upright from a Carvajal cross. This is how things remained up until the interval. After the restart, long-distance efforts from Gareth Bale and Bebé, in the 48th and 56th minutes, tested both goalkeepers. Minutes later, Zidane introduced Brahim for Ceballos and then Isco entered the fray in place of Luka Modric.
In the final 20 minutes it was all one-way traffic as the visitors pressed for a leveller. Real Madrid were bossing possession, whilst Rayo looked to strike on the counter. In one of these attacks, Guerra came mighty close to doubling the home side's advantage but Vallejo came to the rescue to clear off the goalline. The madridistas kept probing away until the final whistle but no further goals were forthcoming and attentions now turn to Sunday's game at the Bernabéu against Villarreal.