Real Madrid got another suffered victory (1-0) in La Liga against a team in the relegation zone. Rayo Vallecano could get a point in the last minute but Courtois saved Los Blancos, who still chase Barcelona in the top of the table. At the end, Benzema’s goal gave an important triumph before travelling to the FIFA Club World Cup.
Solari put a starting eleven very similar to the one that we could see in a week, in the FIFA Club World Cup final, probably against River Plate. Isco was again on the bench, whereas Asensio replaced Bale, again injured.
The start of the game was totally different from the Champions League game against CSKA Moscow. Los Blancos moved quickly the ball and they found the goal in the 12th minute. Karim Benzema introduced the ball in the goal after a good assist from Asensio. The Frenchman was the best player in the first half.
Los Blancos were better in the first 45 minutes, although Rayo Vallecano had a very good chance with a header of Velázquez after a corner kick. Asensio could also scored, but he missed a one on one action with Dimitrevski. Also Kroos was close to score, but his shot hit the post. It was not the best version of the team, but at least the image improved.
The second half was quite similar. Real Madrid had the control, but the goals didn’t arrive. Asensio had the most clear chance again, after a great move from Luka Modric. Sergio Ramos was the only one who could score, but he was in offside. Bad news arrived in the 78th minute when Benzema had to be changed, perhaps with an injury. But the worst was still to come.
Rayo Vallecano had two clear chances in the injury time. Again Courtois saved two clear chances from Alex Alegría. Bernabeu booed once again their team, because the situation has not improved. Actually, Los Blancos travel now to the FIFA Club World Cup with really bad sensation. Let’s hope that the new year brings more positive things.