Real Madrid came out with yet another crucial victory against Rayo Vallecano from their latest La Liga away fixture. The 1-0 victory has opened up a 9-point gap at the top of the league for the Los Blancos, although second-placed Sevilla has a game in hand.
In what turned out to be an extremely tough fixture for Carlo Ancelotti’s men, Real Madrid had to rely on their deadly strike duo Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr’s brilliance in front of goal to get the much needed 3 points on the road.
Karim Benzema scored his 19th league goal of the season to stretch Real Madrid’s lead to 9-points at the top of La Liga
Madrid dominated most of the game but lacked the goal, as Rayo Vallecano held their shape for most periods in the second game, while also showing an inclination to hit on the counter.
Thibaut Courtois needed to make three very important saves in the second half of the game, to keep the score at 0-0 and gave his side the chance to grab the late winner.
The winning goal of the match came in the 83rd minute, after a lengthy spell of possession from Real Madrid. Karim Benzema played a delightful pass for Vinicius Jr, who had made a run inside the penalty box. The Brazilian returned the favour for his senior pro after he rolled the ball onto his path and Benzema had the easiest of tasks of scoring into an empty net with Luca Zidane already committed on Vinicius.
Karim Benzema scored his 19th league goal of the season to bail his side out of trouble for the umpteenth time this season as Vinicius Jr continued to show his importance for the Royal Whites.
Despite the victory, the quality of football from Real Madrid would be enough to bring up questions on Carlo Ancelotti’s lack of rotations and tactics.