Monday September 24, 2012 Day 5 Finished Vallecas

Rayo Vallecano 0 - 2 Real Madrid

  • Benzema 13’
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 70’ (pen.)

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    • Rayo Vallecano
    • Real Madrid
    • 90+3' The full-time whistle goes, and Real Madrid have finally sealed a crucial 2-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano in this rearranged La Liga encounter, and it's a big win for Jose Mourinho's side as they move to within eight points of Barcelona after a faltering start to their campaign.
    • 90+2' Ronaldo and Higuain exchange passes in the Rayo half, and they are happy to see out time now.
    • 90+1' Alonso loses the ball in midfield to Lass, and that's very rare!
    • 90' There will be three added minutes at the end of this second half as Arbeloa gets to his feet very gingerly.
    • 89' Arbeloa is rolling around on the ground now after a challenge from Lass, and he will need treatment.
    • 88' Ronaldo is exasperated as he miscontrols the ball after charging forward, and that could have been a clear opportunity.
    • 87' Marcelo brings the ball away from the back for Real after intercepting a cross from Piti out on the left.
    • 86' Alonso, at the other end of the field, attempts a through ball to Ronaldo, but it doesn't quite come off this time.
    • 85' Higuain wins another free kick as Delibasic impatiently slides in as he looks to retrieve possession.
    • 84' Alonso does brilliantly to intercept a potentially dangerous through ball from Fuego, and he sweeps up before clearing.
    • 83' Higuain attempts an audacious flicked through ball for Ronaldo, but the forward is caught offside as he makes the run.
    • 82' Rayo make another change as Nickie Bille replaces Jose Carlos.
    • 81' Higuain is doing superbly for Real as he continues to drop inside and hold up the ball, drawing fouls from the hosts.
    • 80' Higuain wins a free kick on halfway as he drops inside to pick up the ball and hold it up.
    • 79' Rayo keep the ball out on the right as Casado and Fuego exchange passes, and Real are content to sit off now.
    • 77' Roberto Trashorras replaces Tito now as Rayo make their second change.
    • 76' Essien produces a quite brilliant through ball for Higuain out on the right, but he is just offside as the flag goes up.
    • 75' Pepe is again injured (well, you know...) as he holds his face after a challenge with Delibasic, and he makes his way to the touchline.
    • 74' Ronaldo returns the favour as he sets up Higuain with a deft pass, but the Argentine cannot finish either as he drives his shot wide!
    • 73' That really was a sitter from Ronaldo, who cannot believe what he has done.
    • 72' What a miss from Ronaldo! Higuain storms down the right and cuts the ball back for Ronaldo perfectly, and someone the forward scoops the ball onto the post from close range!
    • 71' Gonzalo Higuain comes on to replace Karim Benzema.
    • 70' GOAL! Ronaldo blasts the ball into the corner of the net with aplomb, and it's an emphatic finish as he sends Ruben the wrong way in the process!
    • 69' Penalty! Amat is booked as he dives in on Ronaldo, and it's a needless foul as it comes after the Portugese had released the ball to Benzema!
    • 67' Modric comes off and is replaced by Mesut Ozil as Mourinho makes his first change.
    • 66' Both managers are preparing substitutions now, with the replacements warming up vigorously.
    • 65' Jose Carlos da Silva attempts a ferocious drive from range, and the ball fizzes over the crossbar with Casillas untroubled.
    • 63' There are a number of players continuing to make dubious challenges while on bookings: Arbeloa, Dominguez, Alonso and Essien!
    • 61' Dominguez fouls Di Maria as the winger attempts to fly clear from deep, and that's another poor challenge.
    • 60' Alonso barges into Fuego in very cynical fashion, and that's a clear booking. He knew that he had to do something with the Rayo man charging clear.
    • 59' DISALLOWED GOAL! Dominguez and Arbeloa slide in together with the ball breaking loose for Benzema, who finishes clinically past Ruben, and replays show that the ball was actually played through by the Rayo midfielder! A free kick to Real is eventually awarded, amid the confusion.
    • 57' Modric almost loses the ball in midfield as he skips inside, but Ronaldo's cut back for Benzema is misplaced.
    • 56' Marcelo skips forward at pace once more, and he always looks threatening down the left - his cross is too deep on this occasion, though.
    • 55' Ronaldo goes alone down the left as he cuts inside and fires a hopeful shot just over the crossbar!
    • 54' Di Maria goes down injured again as Da Silva stamps on his foot accidentally on halfway, but he will be okay.
    • 53' Essien collides with Fuego and brings down the Rayo midfielder, but the referee is lenient. He's already on a booking!
    • 52' A dreadful backpass from Arbeloa almost catches out Casillas and lets in Leo, but the goalkeeper is alert enough to intercept!
    • 51' Arbeloa concedes another corner kick as Tito continues to cause havoc with his pacy runs.
    • 50' Pepe clears away as Rayo win a corner, and the defender is almost isolated as he is able to head out.
    • 49' Di Maria comes off badly following a challenge with Dominguez, and he goes down clutching his knee. He looks to be okay after getting to his feet gingerly.
    • 48' Modric is playing further forward already in this second half as he sits off Benzema and looks to pounce on any loose ball.
    • 47' Rayo concede two corners at the start of the half through some sloppy defending, but eventually settle with some good possession.
    • 46' The second half is under way at the Vallecas, and Rayo immediately concede a corner as Ronaldo takes the ball down the left and wins the set piece.
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    • 45+1' Real Madrid lead 1-0 at half-time as a result of Karim Benzema's 13th minute tap-in, and Rayo Vallecano have not managed to convert their possession into an equaliser. Jose Mourinho looks very content with his side's showing at the break.
    • 45' There will be just one added minute at the end of this first half, and Rayo continue to press forward in search of an elusive equaliser.
    • 44' Dominguez is shown the yellow card for a poor challenge on Essien in midfield, and that was just mistimed.
    • 43' Pepe commits himself far too quickly as he dives in on Lass, and he skips past before misplacing a pass in the direction of Delibasic.
    • 42' Lass attempts a shot from the edge of the box, but his effort drifts well wide as Pepe gives him a lot of space.
    • 41' Alonso is attempting to dictate affairs as usual, but he is not being given much space at all in midfield at the moment.
    • 40' The home fans are in full voice once more as their side keep possession, and Real are content to sit off and defend their lead at this stage.
    • 39' Paco is out on the touchline, barking orders at his players as they keep the ball in midfield.
    • 37' Modric wins a free kick in the Rayo half, and Real can keep the pressure on as we near the end of this first half.
    • 36' Essien fouls Dominguez on halfway, before Pepe takes a tumble under a faint challenge from Delibasic. Oh dear!
    • 35' Amat shows terrific composure to take the ball out from the back, jinking past the onrushing Benzema in the process!
    • 34' Modric fouls Fuego, and suddenly this first half has got very scrappy indeed as the fouls break up the play.
    • 32' Modric attempts a through ball for Ronaldo, but he mistimes the pass by a fraction and the offside flag goes up.
    • 31' What a chance for Rayo! Lass rises high to head on target from a corner kick from the right, but Casillas makes a fine save!
    • 30' Rayo are coming back into this once more as Pepe concedes a corner, and six players in white shirts are in the box for this one.
    • 29' Tito attempts a cute through ball to Leo, but the forward is caught offside as Pepe and Ramos ensure that they keep a high line.
    • 28' Leo is quickly back on the pitch, so he is clearly fine. Real keep the ball out on the left with Marcelo continuing to see a lot of the action.
    • 27' Leo takes a tumble under a challenge with Marcelo, and he has to be helped to the side of the pitch after landing heavily.
    • 26' Modric again tests Ruben, who is being kept very busy by the visitors, but he makes a solid save again to deny the midfielder.
    • 25' Casado has a pot shot from range as he is given time and space, but he cannot test Casillas with his effort.
    • 23' Jose Carlos wins a free kick in his side's half as Modric slides in slightly late, and the hosts can build.
    • 22' It's all Madrid now as Benzema attempts to latch on to a through ball from Marcelo, but is caught offside.
    • 21' Ronaldo is looking extremely dangerous now as he fires in a fierce shot from 25 yards, and Ruben parries wide!
    • 19' Di Maria jinks inside and fires a vicious shot narrowly wide of the far post, and that's a superb effort from the winger!
    • 17' Arbeloa is booked as he carves down Delibasic on halfway, and that was a savage challenge from the full back.
    • 16' Tito concedes a corner as Real continue to apply the pressure, and Rayo are very much on the back foot now.
    • 15' Benzema manages to dance between challenges on the edge of the box before he fires a low shot straight at Ruben, who saves.
    • 14' Ronaldo wins a corner with a pacy run down the left once more, and Real are thriving now after settling down.
    • 13' That's Benzema's first Liga goal of the campaign, and he is absolutely delighted as he celebrates it.
    • 12' GOAL! Real Madrid take the lead as Ronaldo storms down the left at pace and finds Di Maria, who slides across a perfect delivery for Benzema to tap home from close range!
    • 11' It's been an uncomfortable opening period for Real, who continue to be boxed into their half.
    • 10' Real are handed a reprieve as Casado whips the resulting free kick over the crossbar, and the visitors will have a goal kick.
    • 9' Now Ramos hacks down Delibasic, and Rayo will have a free kick in a very dangerous area on the edge of the Real box.
    • 8' Alonso hauls down Leo as Rayo continue to keep the ball very effectively, and Real have not managed to settle at all yet.
    • 7' Rayo are enjoying a good period of possession now as they keep the ball in the visitors' half, and the home fans are loving this!
    • 5' Essien handles the ball on halfway as he prevents a counter-attack from the hosts, and he is promptly booked for his intervention.
    • 4' It's very frenetic in midfield already, and challenges are flying in. This match has yet to settle down.
    • 3' What a save from Ruben, who parries wide as Pepe rises imperiously at the back post to head on target from a free kick!
    • 2' Marcelo is seeing a lot of the ball early on as he takes it down the left once more, before being crowded out by a combination of Fuego and Dominguez.
    • 1' The first half gets going as Real Madrid keep the ball in their half before Marcelo lumps a long ball out of play.
    • 18:45 The players are out at last, and we are about to get under way. Crucially, the lights are very much on!
    • 18:40 This is a crucial match for Real, who have endured their poorest start to a campaign for over a decade. Jose Mourinho's side are already 11 points behind Barcelona with this game in hand. La Liga table
    • 18:37 THE TEAMS: Rayo Vallecano: Ruben, Labaka, Amat, Casado, Tito, Fuego, Dominguez, Carlos da Silva, Lass, Leo, Delibasic. Subs: Piti, Trashorras, Nielsen, Gonzalez, Gimenez, Galvez, Abu. /// Real Madrid: Casillas, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Arbeloa, Alonso, Ronaldo, Di Maria, Khedira, Benzema, Modric. Subs: Kaka, Albiol, Higuain, Ozil, Adan, Varane.
    • 18:35 Real initially said they did not want to risk another lighting failure and would prefer to play the match on Monday afternoon before reluctantly agreeing to a 19:45 start (18:45 UK time). But here we are now! The teams will follow very shortly... What are your predictions for this match? Get in touch with me on Twitter @Dan_Eurosport!
    • 18:30 Spanish media reacted with outrage and disbelief on Monday after the match was abandoned because of alleged lighting sabotage at the Vallecas stadium. Read the full story!
    • 18:25 Good evening and welcome to LIVE text coverage of Real Madrid's rearranged clash with Rayo Vallecano at the Estadio de Vallecas stadium. Hopefully we will not have the same issues we encountered on the weekend due to the 'lighting sabotage'.
    • 21.05 So that's that, still to be officially confirmed but this game will now go ahead a day late at 20.00 Spanish time on Monday, with the scheduled Deportivo La Coruña vs Sevilla match likely to be put back by 15 minutes to 21:45 so TV viewers can see both games.
    • 21.03 The Madrid players are not happy and are out on the pitch training. Well at least having a kick around under the few floodlights which work.
    • 21.00 Well that's really frustrating for everyone involved. Match postponed due to floodlight problems which may have been caused deliberately. The game will hopefully take place at 20.00 tomorrow (Monday) night.
    • 20.56 This match is not happening tonight - it has just been confirmed officially that it is postponed.
    • 20.55 Canal+ are reporting that they have heard officials say, 'It's impossible' that this game can go ahead tonight.
    • 20.53 If they do play tomorrow perhaps they should play during the day time so this floodlight does not further affect the situation.
    • 20.51 So in nine minutes referee Fernandez Borbalan will decide, in consultation with Rayo and Real Madrid officials, whether there will be a game tonight.
    • 20.43 A local Madrid spokesperson has just given her opinion and says the game is likely to go ahead and that at 22.00 the stadium will be opened to the public waiting outside. Fingers crossed.
    • 20.41 Rayo officials think they can fix the problem and the game could now go ahead tonight. They have 19 minutes to get the lights working.
    • 20.35 Club and league officials are stating that they will make a decision at 22.00 Spanish time (21.00 UK time) on whether the match can start tonight at 22.30 tonight or be postponed - possibly until tomorrow.
    • 20.30 The floodlights are still off and there is no decision on when the match will start. A small group of Real Madrid fans are locked inside the stadium having been brought in early by the police, whilst the Rayo fans are locked outside.
    • 20.22 Here is last night’s report from the Barça 2-0 Granada match should you wish to peruse it. Barcelona leave it late to beat Granada
    • 20.20 This would be a major inconvenience for Real Madrid if they cannot play and fight for three points tonight. They are 11 points behind Barcelona in the table at this early stage in the season.
    • 20.16 It is chaotic in terms of decisions or official messages at the moment folks, but the game could now take place tomorrow night. Rayo are trying to repair the cables but it doesn't look good.
    • 20.13 This is pretty pathetic if it is true but Rayo Vallecano club officials believe their lighting system was deliberately damaged by vandals who have cut cables inside the stadium. Kick-off may now take place at 22.30 local time.
    • 20.11 The game could even be postponed, there is still no light inside the ground and none of the home fans have come into the stands yet.
    • 20.10 We were due to kick-off at 21.30 local time in Spain, 20.30 UK time, but the floodlights are still not working and the start of the match is likely to be delayed.
    • 20.05 If we do have a match here these will be the starting teams - RAYO VALLECANO: Ruben, Tito, Amat, Labaka, Casado, Javi Fuego, Leo Baptistao, Chori Domínguez, Lass, Jose Carlos, Delibasic /// REAL MADRID: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Essien, Xabi Alonso, Di María, Modric, Ronaldo, Benzema.
    • 20.01 The breaking news here is that the Vallecas floodlight system is not working and the Rayo Vallecano club officials are running around like mad to try and fix the problem. The teams have been warming up in semi-darkness.
    • 20.00 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE coverage of tonight’s La Liga clash between Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid at Vallecas.
  • Summary

    • 59' DISALLOWED GOAL! Dominguez and Arbeloa slide in together with the ball breaking loose for Benzema, who finishes clinically past Ruben, and replays show that the ball was actually played through by the Rayo midfielder! A free kick to Real is eventually awarded, amid the confusion.

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    Manager: Paco

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    Manager: José Mourinho

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