Goals:Real Madrid 2:1 – Rayo vallecano – Played on 05/24/2023

Rodrigo Saves Real Madrid from Rayo Vallecano Trap, Under Vinicius’ Watchful Eyes


In a crucial match in the 36th round of La Liga, Real Madrid emerged victorious with a narrow 2-1 win over Rayo Vallecano at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Karim Benzema (31st minute) and Rodrigo Joyce (89th minute) secured the goals for Real Madrid, while Raul de Tomas found the net for Rayo Vallecano (84th minute).

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A Strong Start:

Rayo Vallecano started the match with pressure, as Oscar Valentin unleashed a powerful shot from outside the penalty area, narrowly missing the goal in the 5th minute. Real Madrid’s goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, showcased his brilliance by saving a powerful shot from Unai Lopez in the 12th minute.

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Support for Vinicius Junior:

In the 20th minute, the Bernabeu faithful showed their support for Vinicius Junior, applauding and chanting his name. This support aimed to uplift the player following the recent incident of racist chants he faced during the match against Valencia.

Benzema Breaks the Deadlock:

Real Madrid took the lead in the 31st minute when Karim Benzema received a deep pass from Fede Valverde, skillfully evaded the goalkeeper Dimitrievsky, and calmly placed the ball into the net.

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Courtois’ Heroics:

In the 34th minute, Rayo Vallecano’s Balazon attempted a powerful strike from outside the penalty area, but Thibaut Courtois showcased his exceptional goalkeeping skills, brilliantly saving the shot and turning it into a corner.

The Second Half:

The second half saw missed opportunities for both teams. In the 56th minute, Dani Carvajal received an unexpected ball from Luka Modric but failed to convert the chance into a goal, with the ball sailing over Rayo Vallecano’s goal.

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Late Drama:

Raul de Tomas equalized for Rayo Vallecano in the 84th minute, receiving a cross from Chavarria and finding the back of the net. However, Real Madrid responded swiftly as Rodrigo Joyce scored the winning goal in the 89th minute, assisted by Danny Ceballos.

Ceballos’ Near Miss:

In the dying moments of the match, Danny Ceballos came close to adding a third goal for Real Madrid with a shot from inside the area, but the Rayo Vallecano goalkeeper remained vigilant, turning the shot into a corner.

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Thanks to Rodrigo Joyce’s late heroics, Real Madrid escaped the Rayo Vallecano trap with a 2-1 victory. The match showcased Vinicius Junior’s resilience and the team’s determination to secure the win. With this important triumph, Real Madrid solidified their position as La Liga runners-up with 74 points, while Rayo Vallecano remains in 11th place with 46 points.

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