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Real Madrid narrowly dominate Rayo Vallecano thanks to Karim Benzema and Rodrygo

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The next game for Real Madrid. At the heart of a huge controversy following the racist insults suffered by Vinicius Junior on the lawn of Valencia last Sunday, the people of Madrid received Rayo Vallecano this Wednesday on behalf of the 36th day of La Liga. If this meeting had no stake for the Merengues, except a battle for second place with Atlético de Madrid, the Rayo still played big since they are still in the race for a place in the Europa League Conference the next season.

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During the first minutes of play, the White House was put in difficulty by the very high pressing of Andoni Iraola’s protégés. A good start from the visitors, like these two long shots in the first quarter of an hour (4th, 12th). Carlo Ancelotti’s men nevertheless regained control of the game over the minutes, without necessarily creating huge opportunities. And as often this season, the light finally came from the Ballon d’Or 2022. Perfectly launched in depth by Federico Valverde, Karim Benzema played Stole Dimitrievski by dribbling him magnificently. KB9 then only had to push the ball into the back of the net (1-0, 31st). Luka Modric’s partners got themselves another goal situation just before half-time, but Rodrygo stumbled against the Franjirrojos goalkeeper (45th). Benzema offered himself a final opportunity in the first act, but his shot was stopped by Dimitrievski (45th + 1).

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Upon returning from the locker room, the two teams restarted the meeting timidly with a little too much discipline in each camp. Dani Carvajal was not far from doubling the bet for the club from the Spanish capital after a love from the center of Modric, but his recovery went over the cages (56th). The match gradually fell into a false rhythm. Florian Lejeune’s teammates no longer manage to get closer to Thibaut Courtois’ cage. Don Carlo’s changes (Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio) didn’t change much in the face of the game. But while the fate of the match seemed written, the Rayo managed to equalize in the last minutes.

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Ideally served by Pep Chavarria, Raul de Tomas sent a powerful shot to the near post and deceived the vigilance of Courtois (1-1, 84th). A goal that had the merit of waking up the people of Madrid, who were quick to regain the advantage in the dying seconds of the game after a great breakthrough from Rodrygo (2-1, 89th). With this success therefore (2-1), Real Madrid temporarily returns to second place, ahead of the Colchoneros who play in the evening against Espanyol (10 p.m.). For its part, Rayo Vallecano remains in 11th place and certainly says goodbye to Europe.

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