Real Madrid 2-1 Rayo Vallecano: Karim Benzema scores again as Carlo Ancelotti’s side go top


Karim Benzema (14 goals and eight assists) has been directly involved in 22 goals in 15 matches for Real Madrid this season

Real Madrid returned to the top of La Liga with a hard-earned victory over Rayo Vallecano at the Bernabeu.

Toni Kroos put the hosts ahead after 14 minutes with a well-taken, side-footed finish from Vinicius Junior’s pass.

Karim Benzema doubled the advantage before half-time, slotting in his 10th league goal of the season from David Alaba’s cross.

Substitute Radamel Falcao headed in with 13 minutes left but Rayo could not find an equaliser and remain sixth.

Victory moved Carlo Ancelotti’s side two points clear of Real Sociedad, although Sevilla will join them on 27 points if they defeat Real Betis on Sunday (20:00 GMT).

Benzema had several chances to put the hosts’ beyond reach, while Vinicius was unable to finish after a superb run and Marco Asensio was also denied at close range.

They were almost punished for their profligacy in added time but Kroos produced a goal-line clearance and Thibaut Courtois tipped a follow-up shot from Unai Lopez over the crossbar.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Courtois
  • 2CarvajalSubstituted forNachoat 90+3′minutes
  • 3Militão
  • 4Alaba
  • 23Mendy
  • 25Camavinga
  • 14Casemiro
  • 8KroosBooked at 29mins
  • 11AsensioSubstituted forVázquezat 83′minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forE Hazardat 83′minutes
  • 20Vinícius Júnior

Substitutes

  • 5Vallejo
  • 6Nacho
  • 7E Hazard
  • 12Marcelo
  • 13Lunin
  • 16Jovic
  • 17Vázquez
  • 22Isco
  • 27Blanco
  • 35Gutiérrez
  • 40Fuidias

Rayo Vallecano

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Dimitrievski
  • 20BalliuBooked at 45mins
  • 24SaveljichSubstituted forPozoat 81′minutes
  • 5Catena
  • 33García Torres
  • 6ComesañaBooked at 68mins
  • 23Valentín
  • 7PalazónSubstituted forDias Correiaat 60′minutes
  • 8TrejoSubstituted forLópezat 60′minutes
  • 18García Rivera
  • 9NtekaSubstituted forFalcaoat 69′minutesSubstituted forGuardiola Navarroat 81′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Zidane
  • 2Maras
  • 3Falcao
  • 4Suárez
  • 10Dias Correia
  • 11Martín
  • 12López
  • 16Guardiola Navarro
  • 19Rodrigues
  • 21Ciss
  • 22Pozo
  • 32Hernández

Referee:
Pablo González Fuertes

Attendance:
43,283

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