Rayo Vallecano’s second triumph in the last 18 H2Hs inflicted a first loss of the La Liga (LL) campaign on Real Madrid, as Andoni Iraola’s men put in a fabulous display to emerge 3-2 victors at the Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas.
Los Franjirrojos have already proved that they are not afraid to duel with LL’s elite this season, drawing with Barcelona and Atlético Madrid before tasting victory away to Sevilla in their last fixture.
Up next were reigning champions Real Madrid, who made the 10 kilometre journey across the Spanish capital, and once again the hosts’ high intensity worked wonders to race into a fifth-minute lead.
A swift team move was dispatched by Santi Comesaña from Fran García’s cross, using superb technique to hit the ball on the bounce so that it swerved away from Thibaut Courtois into the bottom right corner.
Rayo then looked more likely to double their lead, though wasted shots from long range would see them go into HT on level terms as three goals came in a frantic final eight minutes to the first half.
García’s name on the scoresheet was a good omen for the home side heading into the second half, as he netted in their two victories prior to this clash.