Actual Madrid moved into first place in La Liga with a 2-1 victory at house to Rayo Vallecano on Saturday evening, regardless of the specter of a fightback from their in-form guests.
Rayo Vallecano, buoyed by a formidable return to the highest flight that has seen them rise to sixth place, started the sport with comprehensible confidence. Haring across the pitch with an aggressive depth, Rayo tried to place the Madrid participant receiving a move underneath strain.
Eder Militao bypassed this press with one stab excessive that Toni Kroos nodded on to Vinicius Junior darting into the center. Marco Asensio discovered Kroos on the high of the field in sufficient house to stuff a shot into the highest nook and open the scoring – following a brief VAR examine – inside 1 / 4 of an hour.
Holding Rayo at arm’s size, Madrid managed the primary half, limiting the guests to pot-shots from distance and teasing open gaps with speedy interchanges throughout the pitch. Karim Benzema ensured this superiority was mirrored within the scoreline, doubling Madrid’s lead within the Thirty eighth-minute as he back-pedalled onto an beautiful move threaded onto his instep by David Alaba.
As Rayo more and more pushed ahead in quest of a approach again into the competition, the sport opened up, granting Madrid house to launch the counter-attack alternatives which have proved so deadly of late. But, not on Saturday evening it appeared.
Inside ten minutes of the restart, each Asensio and Vinicius Junior – who noticed a primary half objective dominated out – failed to use the of completion to a pair of swift thrusts up the pitch. The 21-year-old Brazilian mixed brilliantly with Ferland Mendy to tee up Benzema for one more presentable opening that he squandered shortly after the hour mark.
These missed possibilities all of a sudden took on larger significance when Rayo’s second half substitute Radamel Falcao (in a 12-minute, injury-curtailed cameo) nodded the guests again into the sport within the 77th minute. Madrid’s submit and confidence had been rattled seconds early after Bebe drove ahead, making the most of Benzema overplaying on the different finish.
Rayo virtually snatched some extent in stoppage time, as Oscar Valentin scrambled a weak shot goalward from a nook that Kroos hooked clear.
Thibaut Courtois (GK) – 7/10 – Commanding presence within the face of Rayo’s frequent aerial deliveries.
Dani Carvajal (RB) – 7/10 – Caught dozing inside 30 seconds of the opening whistle however sharpened up thereafter.
Eder Militao (CB) – 8/10 – Ready to interrupt Rayo’s press with an adventurous move or bravely driving previous the sashed shirts with the ball at his toes.
David Alaba (CB) – 6/10 – Excellent when stepping out of the backline however detrimentally turned his again as Falcao lined up Rayo’s objective.
Ferland Mendy (LB) – 6/10 – Slotted serenely into Madrid’s backline.
Eduardo Camavinga (CM) – 7/10 – Produced a remarkably composed, slightly than revolutionary, show that belied a participant nonetheless simply 18 years of age.
Casemiro (CM) – 8/10 – Dropping between his centre backs to assist construct up Madrid’s assaults, the Brazilian was again to his greatest at breaking apart these mounted by the guests.
Toni Kroos (CM) – 8/10 – Consistently trying to get on the ball, Kroos performed as if he had a three-second delay whereas Rayo gamers had been crashing round in actual time.
Marco Asensio (RW) – 7/10 – Granted a uncommon begin, Asensio grew into the competition as he dovetailed devilishly with Carvajal down the correct.
Karim Benzema (ST) – 7/10 – Regardless of netting a customary objective, the ridiculously in-form Frenchman could also be left to rue the probabilities he missed.
Vinicius Junior (LW) – 7/10 – More and more influential as his blistering velocity exploited the swathes of grass opening throughout the pitch, however simply as untouchable within the tightest of areas.
Eden Hazard (ST) – 5/10
Lucas Vazquez (RW) – 5/10
Nacho Fernandez (RB) – N/A