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24 September 2011
• Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Referee: José Luis Paradas Romero
• Attendance: 72000
Cristiano Ronaldo 38', 51', 84'
G. Higuaín 45'
R. Varane 67'
K. Benzema 73'
Michu 1', 55'
Thanks for joining Goal.com for our live coverage of Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano as Mourinho's men win 6-2. I'm Roger Gonzalez, and it's been a pleasure. Stay with us for the match report and player ratings.
That's it! Game over! Three much needed points to Real Madrid!
Just a few minutes left now. Solid win for Real Madrid coming!
GOL! RONALDO! He converts his third, and second from the spot! 6-2 now!
Penalty GoalCristiano Ronaldo
Penalty!!!! Dani fouls Ronaldo! Yellow card!
After no goals in the last two weeks, Real Madrid erupt for five today.
Not much time remaining, just over 10 minutes to go!
Rayo are pushing now, looking for their third. Real seem content just passing the ball around to waste the remaining time.
Benzemaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!! Goal for the Frenchmen! 5-2, now Mourinho can take it easy. The former Lyon man converts on Ozil's pass, finishing from the top of the box with a low shot to the side netting.
Lass with the hard foul, looks like a booking.
VARANE FINDS THE NET!!! IT IS 4-2!!!! Real Madrid are now dominating. The defender scores his first goal, scoring off a corner with a flying kick with his heel, incredible!
Free-kick from deep for Real Madrid. Ronaldo has so much space down the left side, looking to capitalise.
Quite an eventful start to the second half. Madrid are down to 10 men. Can the visitors take advantage?
Yellow CardXabi Alonso
Well, this is getting interesting. Di Maria is shown a red card after picking up his second yellow with an obvious handball.
Yellow/RedÁngel Di María
GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL RAYO!!!!!! Michu with the double!!!!! Off a corner, Michu scores from close at the back post after the ball is redirected right to him. It is now 3-2!
Abdul Rehman on Twitter has his prediction. He is close: my prediction is 4-1 for Real Madrid
GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!Kaka is fouled in the box and Ronald will shoot. The attacker takes his unique stance towards the ball, drilling his shot into the top-left corner! 3-1 Real Madrid!!
Penalty GoalCristiano Ronaldo
Penalty!!!! Real Madrid get a chance at 3-1 here in a moment!
Football Mantra on Twitter writes: A half totally dominated by Los Blancos and certainly 2 more goals will come in 2nd half, only 1st min mistake from Casillas
Second half is underway!
The second half will be starting shortly.
2-1 advantage to Real Madrid at the break. What have been your impressions of the first half? Send thoughts on Twitter to @RCGonzalez10
GOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! REAL MADRID!!!!! HIGUAIN!!!!!! The striker puts it in off a free-kick, converting on Xabi Alonso's cross as Rayo attempted to trap the attackers offside. The cross goes in to the far post and Ramos heads the ball to Higuain in front of the goal, tapping it in with ease.
We are just moments away from the break. After going down early, Madrid have responded well.
Rayo are feeling the pressure now as Madrid attack with numbers. Ronaldo looks to knock home his second but commits a foul in the box.
A little credit needs to go to Dawood Khawas on Twitter, who before the goal tweeted his prediction, partially based on Ozil coming on for Lass: 2-1 Real Madrid, they're building momentum with Ozil now
GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! REAL MADRID!!!! IT IS RONALDO!!!!! The winger streaks down the left side, taking advantage of the space, sliding home a low shot between Dani's legs!
Spectacular save by Dani in goal, stopping Ozil's shot with a diving, high effort. Real Madrid do little on the corner.
GOAL REAL MADRID!!!!!!!!!! HIGUAIN!!!! OH NO...OFFSIDE! The former River Plate man was clearly off before sliding home from the left side of the box.
Corner coming up for Real Madrid. Xabi Alonso to take it.
How about Lass for Rayo? Just 19-years-old, the Guinea-born forward is putting on quite a little shot, terrorizing Marcelo on the right and Ramos on the left. This kid is quick and smart. What a nice display.
Muzammil Bappah sends a message on Twitter, fearing for Mourinho's men: It's sad to say...but Madrid are in a disaster!
Ramos sends in a cross that finds Kaka in the middle of the box. The former Milan man hits a low, powerful shot that is saved calmly by Dani Gimenez.
Ronaldo gets a touch. Hard to notice him in the opening 20 minutes. The game is open for both sides. Rayo are pushing hard for their second.
Yellow CardÁngel Di María
Madrid now have the possession, looking to send in crosses. But, the Rayo defence has stood strong, stepping in for timely tackles. 16 minutes in, Ozil is warming up.
Casillas!!!!! Solid save in front of goal after Marcelo was exposed on the wing. Tamudo drills another shot, but this one goes right to the Spain goalkeeper, who makes a solid save that was then cleared.
The game has finally settled down a little, but the ball continues to remain in the attacking half of Rayo.
The former Manchester United star sends the ball into the stands. Poor effort.
A great solo run by Kaka results in a free-kick at the top of the box. A good look for Ronaldo coming up.
Nearly the second for Rayo! A long effort from Lass flies by the far post. Would have beaten Casillas had it been on goal.
OHHHH! Nearly 1-1!!!! Di Maria sends in a dangerous ball from the right side into the left portion of the box, but Varane skies the header over the goal.
Well, that's the definition of a disaster start for Real Madrid. Not even 30 seconds in, starting a 1-0 scoreline down.
GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! WHAT A START FOR RAYO!!!!! 23 seconds in!!!! Michu puts in a rebound from Tamudo's shot from outside of the box! Casillas makes the stop, but the rebound falls to the left side of the box for the tap in!! Incredible!!
Here we go! The game is about to begin. Can Kaka make the most out of the start? Higuain is in the lineup for Karim Benzema. Let's see if the Argentine can earn more time with a quality outing, one that Real Madrid really need to win.
We are just minutes away from the start of the match. Who do you think will win? Send your predictions on Twitter to @RCGonzalez10
Obviously the main storyline coming in has been the poor form of Real Madrid in the last two weeks, falling to Levante before drawing against Racing Santander. With Champions League coming up midweek, the Spanish giants will look to gain a little momentum heading into Tuesday's fixture with Ajax.
For the visitors: Dani Gimenez; Casado, Jordi, Arribas, Tito; Michu, Javi Fuego, Movilla; Lass, Tamudo, Piti..
The starting XI for Jose Mourinho's men: Casillas; Ramos, Albiol, Varane, Marcelo; Xabi Alonso, Diarra; Di Maria, Kaka, Ronaldo; Higuain.
Welcome ladies and gentleman to Goal.com's live coverage of Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano. We are about 15 minutes away from the start of the contest. The starting XI for each side is coming shortly. I'm Roger Gonzalez, and I'll be updating the happenings throughout the match. Send all comments about the game on Twitter to @RCGonzalez10
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