From the onset, it looked like Rafa Benitez was set for another torrid afternoon in the Real Madrid dugout as Rayo Vallecano raced into a 2-1 lead. Two red cards before halftime went on to change the entire match and Real capitalized fully on their numerical advantage, none more than Bale who bagged a quartet of goals.
Danilo had given Real Madrid the lead after just 3 minutes as some beautiful build up play allowed bale to set the full back free in the box and he fired under the goalkeeper to open the scoring. Antonio Amaya capitalized on a flat footed Real Madrid defence to knock in the equalizer for his side in the 10th minute and in the 15th minute, Sanchez turned the game on its head, rising highest to nod the ball past Keylor Navas in the Madrid goal. The complexion of the game however changed when Triguero was given his marching orders for a dangerous tackle on Kroos. A few minutes later, Gareth Bale was in the box to nod the ball home and give Real Madrid the lead. In the 29th minute things went from bad to worse for Rayo as Urdiales was handed his second yellow card for pulling down Sergio Ramos in the box. Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up and converted the penalty to give Real Madrid the lead. Real Madrid continued to dominate the game and in the 41st minute, Bale raced into the Rayo box before finishing into the corner of the net to make it 4-2. The second half continued in the same vein in which the first half ended as three minutes after the restart, Benzema was picked out perfectly by James Rodriguez and the embattled French forward made no mistake, making it 5-2. Five minutes later, James was the provider again as Ronaldo was the one this time on the end of the Colombian’s cross with a powerful header to make it 6 for Real Madrid. James again handed another assist in the 61st minute, this time teeing up bale for a tap in to make it 7-2. At this point Rayo fans and players as well as the manager were eager to be put out of their misery but more was still to come as Bale scored his fourth in the 70th minute, racing down the right before slotting home to make it 8 goals in 6 matches for the Welshman this season. Not to be left out of the party, Benzema helped himself to his second of the game and Real Madrid’s 9th in the 80th minute, latching on to Modric’s through ball before finishing smartly past the goalkeeper. 10 minutes later, Benzema made it 10-2, smashing the ball past the dejected Rayo goalkeeper and completing his hat-trick from just inside the box.
Real Madrid have moved within two points of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid but both clubs have a game in hand each but Real Madrid would rest easy tonight knowing they have done a good job. Benitez would however feel uncomfortable over his side’s performance before the red cards