Rayo Vallecano pulled off an ugly 3-2 upset of Real Madrid in LaLiga on Monday night, handing the reigning champions their first loss of the season in Spain’s top flight.
Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema was rested as Real Madrid looked to move back atop LaLiga in a feisty game that saw the teams trade goals in the first half and Oscar Trejo net in the second half to give Rayo a huge win at the Estadio de Vallecas in Madrid.
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The hosts opened the scoring in the fifth minute on a lovely flight by Santiago Comesana, who redirected Fran Garcia’s cross with a first-time shot that Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois had no chance to glove.
Courtois was called into action in the 30th minute to keep Madrid’s deficit to one goal, as a shot from distance deflected off Isi Palazon for the net.
The first part of the riot is over. Luka Modric scored from the penalty spot for Madrid after Marco Asensio was fouled in the area, then Eder Militao put the visitors in front from a corner kick.
But Alvaro Garcia pulled Rayo level just before the break, flicking a volley past Courtois following a stunning follow-up in the Madrid penalty area which saw the ball fall straight to home at the foot of the back post to make it 2-2 at half-time. .
A VAR review led to the go-ahead goal for Iraola Andoni’s team, with video showing Dani Carvajal’s touch on the edge of the area allowing Trejo to put Rayo ahead from the spot in the 67th minute. Courtois had saved Trejo’s first attempt, but Carvajal was called for a foul on the kick and the Spaniard missed the second attempt.
The referee handed out a total of seven yellow cards in the match when he went to Vinicius Junior, who was off and on the receiving end of some rough play, and Rayo boss Iraola handed out a straight red card for doing the wrong thing.
Carlo Ancelotti pushed his side to get back into the game, but Rayo stood tall to see out the result and leave Madrid on 32 points from 13 games, two behind leaders Barcelona. Army finished the day eighth with 21 points so far.
“I’m not surprised because everyone knows how they play, better and more precise than us today and it’s well deserved for them to win,” Ancelotti said after the match. “We lost too many challenges. They were overwhelming. It doesn’t matter if you have more marks if your rivals have more power than you.
“I think we started the season well, but the team’s schedule was exhausted before the Trophy Cup,” he felt.