Madrid: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Varane,
Raúl Albiol, Marcelo; Xabi Alonso, Lass Diarrà (Özil 30');
Di María, Kaká (Khedira 58'), Cristiano Ronaldo; Higuaín
(Benzema 58'). 4-2-3-1.
Rayo: Dani Giménez; Tito, Arribas, Jordi Figueras, Casado; Javi Fuego, Movilla; Piti (Dani Pacheco 68'), Michu (Trashorras 68'), Lass Bangoura; Tamudo (Delibasic 55'). 4-2-3-1.
0-1. 01. Michu. Following up after Casillas could only push out Tamudo shot.
1-1. 39. Ronaldo. Picked up Kaká pass and drilled low shot under Dani.
2-1. 45. Higuaín. Tap in after Sergio Ramos headed across Alonso free kick.
3-1. 51. Ronaldo (penalty). After Movilla tripped Kaká inside penalty area.
3-2. 54. Michu. Forced ball in on far post after Arribas headed on Pitti corner.
4-2. 67. Varane. Acrobatic strike with back of heel from long Özil corner.
5-2. 73. Benzema. Collected Özil square pass and struck shot wide of Dani.
6-2. 84. Ronaldo (penalty). After keeper brought down Ronaldo inside area.
Yellow cards: Di María 16', 57', Arribas 44', Movilla 49', Lass Bangoura 64', Dani Giménez 83' / red cards: Di María 57'.
Real Madrid clocked a much needed 6-2 victory over neighbours Rayo Vallecano, although they had an early shock when Michu put the visitors ahead within 15 seconds of the start after Casillas could only parry a shot from Tamudo. A few minutes later Tamudo could have scored a second, but before half time goals from Ronaldo and Higuaín turned the scoreline around, the first from Kaká's assist and the second after Ramos headed over an Alonso free kick. Ronaldo scored another from the penalty spot soon after the restart after Movilla fouled Kaká, but Michu scored again following a Piti corner, and a couple of minutes later Di María got himself sent off for a second bookable offence. After dropping points in the last two games the fans started to get nervous, but Varane restored the two goal cushion with an acrobatic goal, and Benzema made it five with a low shot after collecting a cross from Özil. That finished Rayo, and Ronaldo completed his hat-trick with a second penalty late on, the referee letting keeper Dani off a red card when he brought down the forward in the area. He had already suffered enough!