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After scoring seven goals midweek, Real Madrid scored twice in the first half Saturday.
The visitors took the lead in the third minute through Cristiano Ronaldo.
Rayo Vallecano thought they had equalised in the 28th minute as Iago Falque turned in Lass' cross, but the referee whistled the hosts for offside.
Real made it 2-0 three minutes later as Karim Benzema headed in Gareth Bale's cross.
Diego Lopez: Faced five shots, including one on target.
Pepe: Rayo's only shot on target came via defensive midfielder Saul Niguez
Sergio Ramos: Made four clearances, one fewer than Pepe's team-best total of five.
Fabio Coentrao: Had to leave the match before half-time because of an injury. He was replaced by Marcelo.
Daniel Carvajal: Falque got loose for Rayo's disallowed goal on Carvajal's side.
Xabi Alonso: Comfortable and assured in his return to Real Madrid's starting 11.
Luka Modric: Made a fine pass to set up Ronaldo's goal.
Angel Di Maria: Completed a team-high 27 passes in the first half, but at a rate of only 67 percent.
Cristiano Ronaldo: Showed superb control and finishing for his goal. He really is unstoppable, isn't he? A constant menace moving forward.
Gareth Bale: Played an outstanding cross—with his unfavoured right foot—from the right for Benzema's goal.
Karim Benzema: Took his chance well with a powerful header. Scored his fifth league goal of the season.
Real went ahead 3-0 early in the second half through Ronaldo's second goal of the match.
Rayo then got back into the match with two quick penalties. Jonathan Viera converted the first in the 53rd minute—their first goal against Real in four meetings—and then made it 3-2 two minutes later.
The hosts threatened throughout the half but were unable to find an equaliser. Alejandro Galvez came close with a header in stoppage time, but the ball went just wide of the post.
Diego Lopez: Guessed correctly on both of Rayo's penalties, but couldn't keep either out. Did well to turn a tough shot onto the post in the 65th minute to keep Real ahead.
Pepe: Conceded a clear penalty early in the second half to give Rayo a lifeline. In fairness, he also made 12 clearances.
Sergio Ramos: Finished with 11 clearances and three interceptions.
Daniel Carvajal: Could have been sent off for committing a tactical foul—while already carrying a yellow card—early in the second half. He was substituted out soon after.
Alvaro Arbeloa (on for Carvajal, 59'): Completed only 12 passes in 30-plus minutes of action.
Marcelo (on for Coentrao 45'): Guilty of conceding the penalty for Rayo's second goal. Later conceded a free kick in a dangerous position.
Asier Illarramendi (on for Xabi Alonso, 46'): Rayo overran Real Madrid's midfield for much of the second half, but Illarra improved as the half went on.
Luka Modric: Did not commit a single turnover, but was dispossessed twice.
Angel Di Maria: Led the team with 70 touches.
Cristiano Ronaldo: Took another chance well, but fell just short of a second consecutive hat-trick.
Gareth Bale: Did very well to create Real's third goal—his second assist of the match—with a neat overhead flick. The doubters were wrong to write him off so quickly.
Karim Benzema: His goal in the first half came from his only shot on target.
Statistics via WhoScored.
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