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November 2, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
Estadio del Rayo Vallecano (de Vallecas Teresa Rivero) — Madrid
Referee:‬ Alfonso Álvarez‎
Attendance:‬ 11052‎
 
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Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
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Arbilla
Arbilla
Rayo Vallecano
Arbilla
Arbilla
Rayo Vallecano

Rayo Vallecano 2-3 Real Madrid: Lucky escape for Los Blancos in dramatic derby

Carlo Ancelotti's men were in cruise control after a Cristiano Ronaldo double and a header from Karim Benzema, but they flirted with disaster after giving away two penalties

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Real Madrid was given an almighty scare before holding on to claim a vital 3-2 victory over Rayo Vallecano on Saturday night.

The visitors looked to be on course for another big win after Cristiano Ronaldo's double, which sandwiched a Karim Benzema strike, but two penalties in as many second-half minutes from Jonathan Viera put a different complexion on the match.

Madrid held on despite late pressure, though, closing the gap on leader Barcelona to six points, and leaving the hosts rooted to the foot of the table.

Rayo boss Paco Jemez made only one change from his team's defeat at Osasuna, bringing in Nacho Martinez for Alberto Bueno. In contrast, Carlo Ancelotti continued to rotate his squad as he made six alterations from Madrid's 7-3 win over Sevilla, with Xabi Alonso making his first start of the season.

Fresh from putting seven past Sevilla on Wednesday, Madrid appeared in clinical mood again and it took Ronaldo only three minutes to break the deadlock, as he collected Luka Modric's pass, skipped past a defender with a nutmeg, and confidently placed an effort into the bottom far corner.

That strike was his 19th in 15 matches this season, making it his best start to a campaign, and although Rayo had a goal disallowed through Iago Falque, Madrid continued to stretch the host's defense.

Bale set up the next two goals at Estadio de Vallecas. First, his right-footed cross was headed past Ruben by Benzema after 31 minutes, the Frenchman's third goal of the week.

And the Welshman squared to Ronaldo three minutes into the second half for Real's third, with the visitors seemingly in cruise control.

But the rampant visitors saw their progress halted soon after as Dani Carvajal brought down Viera in the box on 53 minutes, and the striker picked himself up to convert the penalty.

Remarkably, he was afforded the opportunity to reduce the deficit further just two minutes later - Marcelo the offender this time, fouling Falque after Joaquin Larrivey's header had come back off the crossbar. Viera kept his cool to double his tally and bring it back to 3-2, with Madrid clearly rocking.

Jemez's side thought it had equalized with 25 minutes to go, but Diego Lopez tipped Bueno's effort on to the post.

Saul missed a glorious chance to equalize in the area with just over 10 minutes to play as he knocked wide while off balance, before Ronaldo forced Ruben into a smart double save at the other end.

Right back Tito headed narrowly wide of Lopez's post in stoppage time, but Madrid claimed the points to extend Rayo's losing streak against its illustrious neighbor to 11 matches.

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Rayo Vallecano

25
Rubén
Goalkeeper
3.50
2
Tito
Defender
77′
3.00
-
Nacho Martínez
Defender
58′
3.00
4
2.50
-
Arbilla
Defender
51′
2.00
23
Adrián González
Midfielder
42′
2.50
17
Trashorras
Midfielder
88′
3.00
-
Saúl
Midfielder
3.00
27
Lass
Striker
3.00
-
Jonathan Viera
Midfielder
53′ 55′
3.50
-
Iago Falqué
Striker
68′
3.00

Real Madrid

3.50
25
3.00
3
Pepe
Defender
2.50
4
3.00
5
2.50
15
4.00
11
Gareth Bale
Midfielder
31′ 48′
3.50
14
Xabi Alonso
Midfielder
11′ 46′
3.00
19
Luka Modric
Midfielder
3′ 93′
3.00
22
4.00
7
3.50
9

Substitutes

1
Cobeño
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Rodri
Defender
 - 
-
J. Mojica
Defender
 - 
7
Raúl Baena
Midfielder
 - 
-
3.50
16
Perea
Striker
 - 
-
3.00
-
Bueno
Striker
42′
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
1
Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper
2.50
12
Marcelo
Defender
45′ 71′
3.00
17
Arbeloa
Defender
59′
 - 
23
Isco
Midfielder
3.00
24
 - 
20
 - 
21
Morata
Striker

Coach/Manager

-
3.50

Coach/Manager

3.00
-
 
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
26 4
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0