Saturday September 24, 2011 (19.00 UK)
Ronaldo 39, pen 51, pen 84, Higuain 45, Varane 67, Benzema 73 – Michu 1, 55
Di Maria sent off 56
Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
Real Madrid moved up to third in La Liga on Saturday night, at least for a couple of hours, following the 6-2 thrashing of promoted side Rayo Vallecano.
Despite the eventual scoreline, it was the visitors who took the lead 14 seconds in as Miguel ‘Michu’ Perez Cuesta put in Raul Tamudo’s rebounded shot after Lassana Diarra gave away possession in the midfield.
Jose Mourinho’s men equalised six minutes from half time as Cristiano Ronaldo fired a shot through Gimenez’s legs, then right before the break Gonzalo Higuain gave the hosts the lead as he slotted into an open goal following Sergio Ramos’ flick on from Xabi Alonso’s free-kick.
Soon after the break, Ronaldo grabbed his second of the night as he converted a penalty earned by Kaka after drawing a foul from Jose Movilla, but Michu gave Rayo a lifeline minutes later, scoring at the far-post from a corner.
Although Angel Di Maria saw red just after Rayo’s second goal, Real took control as Raphael Varane cleverly found the net with his heel when it looked as though he’d overrun the ball, whilst Karim Benzema grabbed the fifth after placing a shot from the edge of the area.
Ronaldo completed the rout and his hat-trick from the penalty spot after being brought down by Gimenez.
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Ramos, Varane, Albiol, Marcelo; Diarra (Ozil 29), Xabi Alonso; Ronaldo, Kaka (Khedira 59), Di Maria; Higuain (Benzema 59)
Unused subs: Adan, Granero, Callejon, Arbeloa
Rayo Vallecano (4-2-3-1): Dani Gimenez; Tito, Arribas, Montel, Casado; Javi Fuego, Movilla; Lass, Michu (Trashorras 69), Piti (Dani Pacheco 69); Tamudo (Delibasic 56)
Unused subs: Cobeno, Rafael Garcia, Susaeta, Koke
Did you know… Real have now won the last eight meetings between the two Madrid-based clubs.