Real Madrid missed out on the chance to return to the top of La Liga as a retaken penalty gave Rayo Vallecano a surprise 3-2 victory over Los Blancos.
It was Real’s first defeat in the league this season and gives
Barcelona a two-point lead at the top of La Liga after 13 games.
The home side took an early lead in Tuesday’s game as Santi Comesaña scored in the opening five minutes,
but Real hit back later in the first half through Luka Modric’s penalty and Éder Militão’s acrobatic header.
The lead lasted only three minutes as Rayo leveled
just before halftime when Thibaut Courtois was unable to parry away Álvaro García’s drive.
Dani Carvajal’s handball midway through the second half saw Rayo awarded a penalty to go in front. Courtois saved Óscar Trejo attempt,
but the goalkeeper came off his line too early and the kick was retaken.
Rayo Vallecano beat Real Madrid 3-2 to knock Carlo Ancelotti’s side off top spot in Spain in the shock result of the season so far.
With 14,000 squeezed into their three-sided ground in the Vallecas neighbourhood on the outskirts of the capital they roughed up the champions from the first kick and fully deserved all three points.
Carlo Ancelotti had picked a team full of players who will be at this month’s World Cup
and they looked as if they had their heads in Qatar already as Rayo played the better football and became the first team in LaLiga to beat them.
Their budget is around £43.5million
– Real Madrid’s is £593.3m but it never showed from the moment Rayo took the lead five minutes in.
Fran Garcia crossed from the left and Santi Comesana
scored with Madrid rattled and Vinicius booked by referee Juan Martínez Munuera
who went across to speak to Anceloti to ask him to calm his player down.
Madrid found a way back into the game when Marco Asensio went down under a challenge from Fran Garcia
in the area and VAR gave a penalty. The referee had waved away Madrid’s initial appeals but after what seemed an age he was finally told to check the replay pitchside and pointed to the spot.