Real Madrid 2 – 1 Rayo Vallecano

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Real Madrid defeated Rayo Vallecano in 13th round match of the Spanish La Liga with the result of 2 – 1 and thus broke through to the first position on the table with two points more than Real Sociedad.

Rayo opened the match very well and threatened over Garcia in the first minute, but his shot went to the right of the goal, only to be threatened by Vinicius and Benzema on the other side, but there was no change in the result. However, Real made some decent plays and managed to score in the 14th minute when Kroos netted it for a 1-0 lead, and soon after, more precisely in the 38th minute, Benzema scored the second goal for his team and thus brought them a great lead at halftime.

Real certainly kept the advantage gained in the second half, but things changed in the 77th minute when Falcao, just eight minutes after entering the field, scored for 2 – 1 and significantly jeopardized the advantage of the Royal Club. The guests had the best chance to reach a draw and one point in the 92nd minute, as Toni Kroos threw the ball out of the goal line, after which Courtois brilliantly defended the shot from distance.

By the end of the match, the result did not change and Carlo Ancelotti’s team managed to keep the advantage, and thus achieve the eighth victory of this season. Real Madrid is currently on first place in the table with 27 points. In the next round, which will be played after the national team break, Real will be facing against Granada away from home.

Elche 1 – 2 Real Madrid

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Real Madrid defeated Elche 2 – 1 in the 12th round of La Liga in the Manuel Martinez Valero stadium, and with this triumph they returned to the leading position in the championship.

The home team was a far better rival in the beginning minutes, as Madrid failed. However, in the middle of the first half, Vinicius Junior, assisted by Diaz, brought the Blancos into a lead. Probably the key detail happened in the 63rd minute when Guti received a second yellow card, so Elche played without a player until the end of the match. Only ten minutes later, today in a great mood, Vinicius Junior used Modri?’s pass and doubled Real’s lead.

Despite playing with a player down, Elche managed to reduced the score over Mill four minutes before the end of the match, but there was no time for anything else, so the final 1 – 2 remained.

Real are back in first place in La Liga and have the same number of points as Real Sociedad, but with a better goal difference. Elche is in the 15th position. Real welcomes Rayo Vallecano in the next round, while Elche hosts Mallorca.

Real Madrid 0 – 0 Osasuna

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Real Madrid crashed into an impenetrable wall built by Osasuna and put their state of optimism on hold. After the triumphs against Shakhtar and Barça, Ancelotti’s men did not find the lever to bring down the Arrasate system.

When a team stands at the Santiago Bernabéu counting their away games by victories, they are doing many things well. Osasuna presented as credentials in Chamartín’s nighttime function: an impeccable organization with two well-coordinated lines, and a clear attack plan, with balls for Chimy and Kike García’s on the wing. Valid arguments to complicate Madrid if they did not move the ball with speed, and it cost them.

Ancelotti intervened at halftime. He left Camavinga in the booth, with one card and seriously skirting the second, and subbed in Rodrygo, who displaced Asensio to the center. He thus lightened the retreat, and if in the first half Camavinga returned like a flash to cut one against Chimy, in the second Avila came out and found no obstacle. Three against two. He sent the ball into the area, Moncayola finished off with force as the post denied the goal. Even on the rebound, Carvajal almost scored an own goal.

The changes energized Osasuna, with Rubén García and Brasanac. Ancelotti tried with three more subs, looking for the last round: Hazard, Lucas and Marcelo. The rojillo conviction grew with the minutes, while Madrid did not see a way to reach the goal. Osasuna did what they had to do, ensure that football was played little as possible, and had the invaluable collaboration of Soto Grado. Osasuna takes a deserved point, lowering white’s expectations. The Bernabéu has lost its power to intimidate.

Barcelona 1 – 2 Real Madrid

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Real Madrid players celebrate yet another El Clasico away victory against Barcelona with the result ending up 2 – 1 in favour of Los Blancos.

At the Nou Camp, in front of 86,000 spectators, there were no promising opportunities in the first 25 minutes after which Barcelona had a great opportunity to take the lead. Memphis Depay made a decent pass on the left side for Dest who could have chosen the way to checkmate Thibaut Courtois, but he shot high over the goal from five meters.

In the 32nd minute, David Alaba started the action in his own half, ran across the field to get assisted by Rodrygo Goes. He shot the ball with great power and precision into the far corner and scored for 0 – 1. By the end of the first half, Barcelona threatened through Gerard Pique and Ansu Fati, but their shots in the 35th and 45th minute were inaccurate.

At the beginning of the second half, Barcelona attacked, but Real’s defense was at a high level. The Kings concentrated on counterattacks, and a good one was performed in the 55th minute when Ferland Mendy shot and Marc-Andre ter Stegen stopped it firmly. In the 63rd minute, Karim Benzema also tried, but his shot was also saved by Barcelona’s goalkeeper.

Barca made a serious threat in the 74th minute when Dest set up a shot from 20 meters, but the ball went just over the crossbar of Courtois’ goal. By the end of the match, Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman tried to equalize by sending Gerard Pique into attack, and by introducing Sergio Aguero, but this opened up space for counterattacks, which Real used in the 90 + 4 minute. Marco Asensio shot from the left side, Ter Stegen bounced the ball to which Lucas Vazquez ran and scored for 0 – 2. All that Barcelona managed to do by the end of the match was score for 1 – 2 in the 97th minute when Dest hired Aguero who tapped the ball in.

Real Madrid thus recorded their 99th victory in the 247th El Clasico. Barca remain on 96 wins, while 52 matches ended without a winner.

Shakhtar 0 – 5 Real Madrid

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An extraordinary goal by Vinicius puts a smile on Real Madrid’s face, as Los Blancos demolish Shakhtar 5 – 0 and leave doubters behind before the upcoming Clasico.

Real Madrid buried their doubts in Kiev. Whether its first crisis occurred last year, Ancelotti’s team ran over Shakhtar with patience and talent. Los Merengues matured the game, took advantage of the opponent’s errors to unleash themselves after the break. It was yesterday when Vinicius poured out all his class, with a memorable goal to finish the game quite early.

The first half was hopelessly slipping away when Lucas’s exit from the right side called for luck. Benzema ran to the same spot from wherehe scooped up Karius, and this time caused Kryvtsov to panic. The Ukrainian captain tried to clear with his left foot and placed a perfect shot on Trubin, which resulted in a goal for Real Madrid.

With Marlos and Marco Antonio being subbed in, Shakhtar went offensive and left spaces behind, inviting the Real’s forwards to look for them. From behind Dodo, Benzema appeared to throw the diagonal and serve Modric back. The Croatian’s first-touch pass, extraordinarily found Vinicius, who scored. But that was just the appetizer of what was about to come. Nine minutes later, Vini faced Dodo on the left, threw two bicycle dribbles to avoid him, dodged Maycon, stung out against Kryvtsov and, faced with harassment by Marlon, finished confidently, almost without angle, beating Trubin. It was truly a monumental goal.

Later, Vinicius served Rodrygo who placed his left foot in to score the fourth. But Madrid didn’t raise their foot, as Benzema scored the final fifth goal in yesterday’s match. Ancelotti used the changes as a reward, putting Marcelo in, resting Modric and Kroos, and facilitating Vallejo’s debut. Perfect to raise the levels of self-esteem of the entire squad for the Clasico, leaving the doubts behind after a couple of games without winning. Europe witnessed a fearsome face of Ancelotti’s Madrid.