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Tito, Raul Baena Receive Red Cards During Real Madrid vs. Rayo Vallecano

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistDecember 20, 2015

MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 22: Roberto Roman alias Tito of Rayo Vallecano de Madrid controls the ball during the La Liga match between Rayo Vallecano de Madrid and Valencia CF at Estadio de Vallecas on August 22, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid saw their chances of a comeback against Rayo Vallecano boosted on Sunday thanks to the early red cards shown to opposition players Tito and Raul Baena.

Los Blancos' official Twitter account confirmed right-back Tito was shown his marching orders in the 14th minute. Here's footage of the wild challenge that sent Toni Kroos flying:

Referee Ignacio Iglesias had little choice but to send Tito off after such a late and reckless challenge. Both Ed Malyon of the Mirror and fan account BlancoStats agreed the punishment was justified:

Ed Malyon @eaamalyon

Straight red for Tito after bad tackle on Kroos. Rayo now have 75 minutes to defend 2-1 lead with 10 men at the Bernabeu.

B. @BlancoStats

Straight red for Tito after a horrible challenge on Kroos. Horrific.

Kroos was able to carry on despite his shin appearing to come into contact with Tito's studs in what could have been a much more damaging offence.

Real Madrid trailed their opponents 2-1 at the time of Tito's dismissal, but the tables quickly turned as Gareth Bale equalised in the 25th minute before Baena followed Tito off for his second caution.

Mercado Futbol provided footage of the offence that allegedly warranted a second yellow for Baena:

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Baena was adjudged to have impeded an attacker from a set piece, resulting in a penalty being awarded to hosts Real, but the beIN Sports commentary team were left scratching their heads:

beIN SPORTS @beINSPORTS

Baena has no idea why he has been issued a second yellow. Commentators label it as a "shocking decision." #LaLiga https://t.co/my427mQL2j

Cristiano Ronaldo went on to convert the resulting spot-kick, edging Real Madrid in front for the second time in Sunday's encounter with more than a half the game to play against only nine men.

Goal's Ben Hayward identified Real as somewhat pedestrian in their ways despite the advantage:

Ben Hayward @bghayward

Real Madrid 4-2 up at home but very ordinary against nine-man Rayo side with a budget hundreds of millions inferior to their own. #Rafastyle

Compared to Tito's offence, Baena's dismissal was far more contentious but made no less of an impact on Rayo's hopes of taking something from the game at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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