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Real Madrid V Rayo Vallecano - As it happened.

Matt Morley by Matt Morley @rfutbol - 0 4,980

Pin Official linueps for the LaLiga clash between Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano. BeSoccer
Official linueps for the LaLiga clash between Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano. BeSoccer

Real Madrid V Rayo Vallecano - As it happened.

Matt Morley by Matt Morley @rfutbol - 0 4,980

Join us for live text updates of the LaLiga clash between Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

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FT: Real Madrid 1-0 Rayo Vallecano. Karim Benzema's first-half goal is the difference between the two sides here in what was anything but a classic. The hosts had chances to extend their lead, but their profligacy in front of goal meant they were indebted to a stoppage-time intervention from Thibaut Courtois and Dani Carvajal for their point.
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Real Madrid attempt to waste a little more time as Fede Valverde replaces Modric.
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OFF THE LINE! So close to an equaliser for Rayo! A high ball into the box drops to Algeria and whilst his first effort is kept out by Courtois, the loose ball falls to Valzquez, who sees his acrobatic volley someone prevented from finding the net by a combination of Courtois and Carvajal on the line.
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3 minutes added on.
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Rayo send everyone forward as they look to take advantage of a Bebe free-kick, but the flag over on the far side goes up.
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Vinicius asks the question about a potential handball in the area, but the referee is having none of it.
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Imbula brings Ceballos down and becomes the third Rayo name in the referee's notebook.
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Vazquez is moving gingerly after being caught in a 50-50 with Alex Moreno.
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Not great news for Madrid as Benzema is forced off with what looks to be an ankle injury. Vinicius replaces him.
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We're into the final 15 here. Will we see another goal for either side? It's all gone very flat.
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Modric has a chance to take aim from the right-hand side of the box, but he can only fire over.
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The visitors make their third and final chance as Algeria comes on for Embarba.
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Marco Asensio's evening is over as he makes way for Dani Ceballos.
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What a hit! Bebe tries his luck from 30 yards and he catches it beautifully, but Courtois is just about able to beat it clear.
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GOAL DISALLOWED! Ramos heads home the ensuing free-kick from Kroos, but he is correctly adjudged to have just mistimed his run.
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Bebe lets Kroos get the wrong side of him and winds up tugging back the German as he looks to receive the ball, with the Portuguese duly booked for his troubles.
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Asensio shows goot feet and a turn of pace to burst forward through the middle, but it comes to nothing.
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The corner is cleared as far as Bebe 30 yards out, but whilst he catches his strike well, it is always fading well wide.
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Bebe makes his first meaningful contribution as he forces a corner down the right.
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A double change for Rayo as Bebe and Abdoulaye Ba come one for Galvez and Medran.
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CHANCE! Modric skips away a challenge and drives into the box before pulling the ball back for Asensio. He is immediately met by an onrushing Dimitrievski and a cluster of defenders and the goalkeeper does enough to charge down the powerful strike.
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Here we go again! Rayo get us back underway here.
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HT: Real Madrid 1-0 Rayo Vallecano. Karim Benzema's solitary strike is the difference between the two sides at the break. Madrid have twice gone close to extending their lead, hitting the post through Toni Kroos and Lucas Vazquez seeing a header cleared off the line, but they look fairly comfortable at the moment.
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Moreno lures some contact from Carvajal down the left and Rayo win a free-kick, but the delivery is beyond woeful as it sails high into the stand.
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Galvez is issued the game's first booking for raking his studs down the back of Llorente's calf.
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Marcelo tries his luck now as he steps inside a challenge before taking aim, but it is tame and Dimitrievic makes the save down to his left.
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OFF THE POST! Close for Madrid! Benzema tees up Kroos on the edge of the box, but his low left-footed effort crashes into the base of the post and back into play.
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Kross puts the ball in himself, but Rayo see it to safety.
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Advinculaa brings down Kroos down by the corner flag out on the left and the home side will have a chance to swing the ball into the mixer.
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Set-pieces look to be Rayo's best way of getting back into this game, but things are suiting the hosts at the moment with the pace having dropped somewhat in the last five minutes or so.
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Alex Moreno is proving a good outlet for the visitors down the left. He's certainly very game in attack.
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Half a chance for Velazquez as he gets up to meet a deep free-kick from out on the left at the far post, but his effort is tame and Courtois gathers easily.
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OFF THE LINE! Kroos gets in behind and crosses for Vazquez, but his far-post header is cleared off the line.
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CHANCE! Kross sends Asensio scampering in behind, but he never look confident and his low effort is kept out by Dimitrievski.
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CHANCE! What a chance for Rayo! Velazquez gets across his marker to meet a corner from the right, but he can only head wide from six yards. You've got to be scoring those!
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GOAL! REAL MADRID! BENZEMA! 1-0! Great movement from the Frenchman as he pings a ball out to the right wing for Vazquez and the winger returns the favour, slipping Benzema in to slide a cool finish across Dimitrievski and into the back of the net. Easy as that!
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We're still yet to see a shot in anger in this game as Real Madrid continue to monopolise possession.
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It's a sparse crowd here for this one, Madrid clearly not suffering from derby fever this weekend.
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Asensio tries to drive into the box after gathering Marcelo's cross-field pass, but the Spaniard is crowded out.
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The hosts are spraying the ball about comfortably in the opening minutes here.
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We're off! The hosts get us underway here!
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The players are out on the pitch and we'll be underway imminently!
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Warm-ups are completed here and we're just minutes from kick-off!
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Here's how these two have fared recently ahead of this one:
Here's how these two have fared recently ahead of this one:
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Rayo have lost each of their last 16 matches against Real Madrid.
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The home side recall their big hitters after ringing the changes in the Champions League in midweek, though the headline news is certainly Gareth Bale's injury-enforced absence.
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REAL MADRD: Courtois; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Llorente, Modric, Kroos; Asensio, Benzema, Vazquez. Subs: Navas, Odriozola, Vallejo, Valverde, Ceballos, Isco, Vinicius.
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The visitors has re-shuffled considerably today after their 2-0 defeat to Real Betis last time out, with Jordi Amat and Jose Angel Pozo among the players to drop out.
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RAYO VALLECANO: Dimitrievski; Tito, Galvez, Velazquez, Alex Moreno; Advincula, Comesaña, Imbula, Medran, Alvaro Garcia; Embarba. Subs: Alberto Garcia, Akieme, Abdoulaye Ba, Pozo, Moreno, Bebe, Alex Alegria.
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Rayo Vallecano boss Michel: "We are going to try to play a good game and play at a high level, with the hope and the idea of getting something positive. We can't throw a game or start making calculations. We have to give our best and come out satisfied with the performance of the team. All opponents are difficult and each game is an opportunity to get away from her and start to bring back some confidence."
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Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari: "How are people not going to believe in Real Madrid after so many titles. I genuinely believe, and I say this with the best intentions, that to be involved in this constant hyperbole is a bit tasteless. We’re still very much alive in all competitions, four in total, and that requires a lot of energy. For you guys, there's a 'but' in every win. Every detail to come out of this club is scrutinised immensely, but our focus cannot be on those things."
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Real Madrid go into this one in fourth place in the table following their inconsistent start to the season, whilst Rayo are struggling at the wrong end of the table, sitting second from bottom of the pile with just two wins and 10 points from their 15 games so far this season.
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Hello and welcome! We have a Madrid derby for you today as Rayo Vallecano make the short trip across the Spanish capital to take on Real Madrid at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
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