Rayo Vallecano suffered a shock 3-2 defeat at Real Madrid in LaLiga on Monday night, handing the reigning champions their first defeat of the season in Spain’s top flight.
Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema was rested as Real Madrid traded first-half goals in the first half of LaLiga before Oscar Trejo’s second-half penalty gave Rayo a big win at the Estadio. de Vallecas in Madrid.
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The home side opened the scoring in the 5th minute with a superb strike from Santiago Comezana, who headed Fran Garcia’s shot first-time and Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had no chance of getting into the glove box.
Courtois was called into action in the 30th minute when Isi Palazon’s long-range shot was deflected into the net to keep Madrid at one goal.
The first half ended with a bang. After Marco Asensio’s kick, Luka Modric scored from the penalty spot for Madrid, and Eder Militao headed in a corner kick.
However, Alvaro Garcia leveled Rayo’s goal after a surprising sequence in the Madrid penalty area when Courtois was headed in, the ball bouncing off the back post and into the striker’s feet to make it 2-2. .
A VAR review led to a goal for Andoni Iraola’s side, with Dani Carvajal touching down on the edge of the area in the video, allowing Trejo to put Rayo ahead from the spot at the second minute of questioning in the 67th minute. Courtois saved Trejo’s first effort but invited Carvajal to attack at the moment of the kick-off and the Spaniard missed his second.
The referee gave a total of seven yellow cards during the match, including one for fouling Vinicius Junior, and Rayo boss Iraola was shown a straight red card for misconduct.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side pushed to get back into the game, but Rayo stood tall to see out the result, leaving Madrid with 32 points from 13 games, two behind leaders Barcelona. The hosts finished the day in eighth place with 21 points so far this season.
“I’m not surprised because we all know how they play, they played better and more precise than us today and it’s a well-deserved win for them,” Ancelotti said after the match. “We lost too many challenges. They were very strong. It doesn’t matter if your opponents are stronger than you, if your quality is higher.
“I think we started the season well, but the team felt a tired schedule before the World Cup.”