Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for the hosts in the 15th minute, but it wasn’t until 10 minutes after the restart that Daniel Carvajal was able to double the lead—although from there the goals started flying in.
Gareth Bale notched a brace inside two minutes midway through the period, and shortly after coming on as a substitute Alvaro Morata rounded out the scoring with a spectacular goal with 12 minutes to play.
Following are ratings and analysis for all the Madrid players.
Half-Time analysis for Real Madrid
Lopez: Showing some nerves as criticism from the stands continues to grow.
Carvajal: Hasn’t got forward all that often, but his tracking of Falque has been helpful.
Pepe: Dug out Falque’s cross from the left near the end of the first half.
Ramos: Has so far won all of his aerial battles.
Coentrao: Only 18 touches so far—not nearly enough for 45 minutes of work.
Alonso: Has responded to criticism well, completing 95% of his passes and contributing three tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
Illarramendi: The distribution just hasn’t been there for him yet.
Di Maria: Marauding forward from midfield as per usual.
Bale: Fell flat on his face with no one between him and the Rayo goal.
Benzema: Missed an absolute sitter midway through the opening period.
Ronaldo: Took his goal extremely well, leaving four Rayo players in his wake after accepting Bale’s pass.
Full-Time analysis for Real Madrid
Lopez: Was a spectator for much of the second half.
Carvajal: Delivered a striker’s finish on his goal after being set up beautifully by Ronaldo.
Pepe: Picked up an assist and didn’t put a foot wrong.
Ramos: Completed 88% of his passes out of defense.
Coentrao: Found himself pinned back by Jose Carlos, although he didn’t allow the 26-year-old a meaningful goalscoring opportunity.
Alonso: Played the full 90 minutes and completed 91% of his passes while contributing four tackles.
Illarramendi: Did reasonably well, but was replaced by Isco midway through the second half.
Di Maria: Delivered a delightful ball across the face of goal for Bale on the Welshman’s first of the night.
Bale: Put a disappointing first half behind him by scoring twice and picking up an assist after the restart.
Benzema: Just 23 touches in a sub-par display.
Ronaldo: A goal, an assist and five shots on goal for the Portugal captain.
Isco: Earned an assist in a 28-minute cameo.
Casemiro: Only 12 touches after replacing Di Maria.
Morata: Cut inside his marker and scored with a vicious swing of his right foot.