Enjoy the full match replay and highlights of the electrifying encounter between Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano, a thrilling clash in the LaLiga 2023/2024 season, Matchday 12. The match kicked off at 20:00 GMT on Sunday, November 5, 2023, and was officiated by the esteemed referee, Juan Martinez Munuera. All the football action unfolded at the iconic Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in the vibrant city of Madrid. Witness the drama, goals, and unforgettable moments from this captivating battle on the pitch.
Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano Full Match Reports
Real Madrid squandered their opportunity to ascend to the summit of LaLiga as they played out a goalless draw at the Santiago Bernabéu against Rayo Vallecano. Rayo Vallecano, in the midst of a remarkable run, with eight consecutive top-flight matches without defeat for the first time in their history, put up a resolute display.
Real Madrid’s 2-1 Clásico victory the previous weekend had sent a clear message of their intent to wrestle the title from their rivals’ grasp. A victory in this encounter would have propelled them above the surprise package, Girona, on goal difference. They came agonizingly close to breaking the deadlock within the opening six minutes when Federico Valverde seized upon Unai López’s errant pass, only to see his shot thwarted by Stole Dimitrievski.
Shortly thereafter, the home side had a heart-stopping moment when Jude Bellingham, the newly-crowned Kopa Trophy winner, fell unchallenged, clutching his shoulder. The collective sigh of relief was palpable as the English international resumed play after receiving treatment.
Jude Bellingham, at the tender age of 20, was the linchpin of Real Madrid’s performance, and he unleashed a narrowly wayward shot as the halftime whistle loomed, showcasing his nimble footwork in the penalty area. However, Real Madrid’s goal attempts repeatedly went astray. Joselu, Fran Garcia, and David Alaba all failed to test Dimitrievski with wayward efforts. The only player among them who managed to trouble the North Macedonian shot-stopper was Joselu, whose fierce strike was skillfully tipped over the crossbar.
Rayo Vallecano had capitalized on some lackluster play from their opponents to create a few ultimately harmless chances in the opening stages of the first half. Yet, despite their determination in the second half, they struggled to pose a genuine threat to Real Madrid. On the other hand, the 14-time European champions continued to probe and went close to breaking the deadlock with Joselu’s header shortly before the hour mark. Midway through the second half, they believed they had found the breakthrough when Vinicius Junior tapped home, but Joselu was clearly offside in the build-up. Although further opportunities materialized through Rodrygo and Alaba, Real Madrid couldn’t convert their dominance into three points.
While Rayo Vallecano’s performance was far from their best, this result marked a historic first draw in head-to-head encounters between the two sides, ending a 23-match streak without one. For Ancelotti and his squad, however, it will undoubtedly feel like a missed opportunity. As they prepare for their upcoming UEFA Champions League clash with Braga, the town of Girona, with a population exceeding 100,000, will likely be celebrating their remarkable stint as league leaders.
Man of the Match: Federico Valverde (Real Madrid).