Vallecano 1-0 Madrid: Benzema missed as Los Blancos humbled by LaLiga strugglers Top 409

Without the injured Karim Benzema to call on, Real Madrid succumbed to a surprise 1-0 LaLiga defeat at lowly Rayo Vallecano.

Match Report

Madrid's leading scorer Benzema - who has netted the club's last eight LaLiga goals - may miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury, and without their talisman to rely on, Los Blancos put in a tame display at Estadio de Vallecas.
VAR played a crucial role in Rayo's first victory over Madrid since 1997 - referee Pablo Gonzalez Fuertes changing his initial decision not to award the hosts a penalty for a foul by Jesus Vallejo.

Match Events

5' CHANCE! Marcelo's shot saved
Marcelo works the ball on to his weaker right foot and attempts to curl it in from 25 yards, but Alberto Garcia is able to push it away. The loose ball is hooked goalwards by Bale but it lacks precision.
17' Great save from Courtois
Suarez causes some panic in the final third and the ball is slipped through for Pozo, who is thwarted by Courtois with just the goalkeeper to beat. That is a good save from the Belgian on his return to the side.
23' Penalty Goal! Vallecano 1-0 Real Madrid (Embarba)
The division's bottom side take the lead as Embarba makes no mistake from the penalty spot. Courtois got nowhere near the ball and now Madrid have it all to do against their local rivals.
52' Excellent save from Courtois!
 Embarba nearly catches out Courtois with his attempted cross. The Madrid keeper did well to get across and slap the ball behind at his near post as it was creeping in.
68' GREAT CHANCE! Bale's free-kick wide out
Bebe is certainly not afraid to take on shots from any range or angle. This latest attempt - his fourth of the match - is well off target. Suarez is pushing his luck, meanwhile, as he kicks the ball away after the whistle was blown.

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