Gareth Bale scores four for Rafa Benitez’s side in rout as the visitors are reduced to nine men
- Danilo gave Real Madrid the lead on three minutes with a side-footed finish during Sunday’s La Liga encounter
- Rayo took the lead nine minutes later through Jozabed after Antonio Amaya’s headed equaliser
- Two minutes after Jozabed’s goal the visitors were reduced to 10 men after Tito was shown a straight red card
- Rayo were down to nine men after Raul Baena was sent off in between Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo’s strikes
- Bale scored his second before half-time and added another two after the interval for the Spanish giants
- Ronaldo also added another for Real as Karim Benzema scored a second-half hat-trick for Rafa Benitez’s side
Gareth Bale scored four goals as Real Madrid put 10 past nine-man Rayo Vallecano to ease the pressure on Rafa Benitez.
It was the Real Madrid coach’s 500th career win in management and the result moves the team to within two points of Barcelona who did not play because they were winning the Fifa Club World Cup in Japan.
It was one of those bracket-requiring scorelines – it’s been over 50 years since the team last scored 10 in the league but all is not well at the Bernabeu. Cristiano Ronaldo reacted furiously to the supporters when they began to whistle the team in the first half and the Portugese refused to celebrate his brace with home fans.
Gareth Bale scored four goals as Real Madrid thrashed Rayo Vallecano 10-2 during Sunday’s La Liga encounter
Bale (left) scored his fourth goal on 70 minutes with a right-footed finish at the near post during an excellent game for the forward
The 26-year-old (left) is congratulated by Real boss Rafa Benitez as he is substituted shortly after scoring his fourth goal of the match
Real Madrid: Navas, Danilo, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo (Vazquez 62), Kroos, Modric, Rodriguez (Kovavic 65), Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale (Arbeloa 74).
Subs not used: Casilla, Nacho, Casemiro, Isco.
Goals: Danilo 3, Bale 25, 41, 61, 70, Ronaldo 30, 53, Benzema 48, 79, 90
Rayo Vallecano: Yoel, Tito, Ze Castro (Cabellero 80), Amaya, Nacho, Baena, Trashorras, Bangoura (Bebe 63), Jozabed, Pablo Hernandez (Quini 21), Javi Guerra.
Subs not used: Corral, Dorado, Manucho, Embarba.
Goals: Amaya 10, Jozabed 12
Booked: Nacho, Trashorras
Sent off: Tito, Baena
Referee: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva
Rayo are always lambs to the slaughter in the Santiago Bernabeu – they have the worst defensive record in the division – and when they were reduced to nine men in the first 45 minutes they knew they were in for a record-breaking beating.
They had Tito sent off on 14 minutes for an awful challenge on Toni Kroos. They led at the time 2-1 after goals from Antonio Amaya and Jozabed had cancelled out a fine opening strike from Danilo.
Bale then powered a header in from Danilo’s cross and Raul Baena was given a second yellow card for tugging at Sergio Ramos shirt in the penalty area – it was the kind of challenge that players get away with week after week but that when given referees always argue they are absolutely justified according to the letter of the law.
Rayo were crestfallen and Madrid smelt blood. Ronaldo scored the penalty that had resulted from Baena’s infraction and before the break Bale charged through the threadbare heart of Rayo’s defence to thump home the fourth.
There were still whistles at half-time as the players left the pitch and the last to leave, Ronaldo was visibly upset with the home supporters.
They had jeered most loudly when Rayo’s second goal went in and he had remonstrated with them to get behind the team. Before the game various players’ names were whistled as they were read out.
It was a tough last day at the office for the players who now take a week’s break from the pressure-cooker atmosphere.
The second half brought more goals. Karim Benzema scored from James Rodriguez’s pass to make it five. Ronaldo got the sixth from the same assist-provider and the Portuguese then laid the seventh on a plate for Bale on the hour to give him his hat-trick.
Bale then got his fourth of the afternoon and made if eight for Madrid when an attempted pass to Ronaldo bobbled back into his path and he shot past the hapless Yoel in the Rayo goal.
The Brazilian right back points toward the heavens as he celebrates giving Real the lead on Sunday afternoon
Real defender Danilo fired the Spanish giants ahead with this side-footed finish against Rayo Vallecano
Antonio Amaya (right) watches on as his header beats Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas (centre) to equalise for Rayo on 10
The Rayo Vallecano defender wheels away in celebration as the visitors come from behind to equalise against their Madrid rivals
Just two minutes later the visitors had stunned their illustrious opponents once more as Jozabed (right) gave them a 2-1 lead
Bale (centre) scored his first of the afternoon with this bullet header following Danilo’s excellent delivery
The Wales international celebrates his equaliser for the hosts – after Rayo were reduced to 10 men following Tito’s straight red card
Rayo’s afternoon went from bad to worse when midfielder Raul Baena (right) was also sent off reducing them to nine men with 28 minutes
A minute later, Real added further salt into Rayo’s wounds as Cristiano Ronaldo gave Real the lead once more with this penalty
It was 4-2 in Real’s favour just before half-time when Bale scored his second of the match with a low left-footed effort
Bale wheels away in celebration as his goal puts some daylight between Real and Rayo Vallecano
He was replaced by Alvaro Arbeloa and given a generous ovation from the Bernabeu – even before Rayo had been depleted by the sendings-off he had looked in the mood to make them suffer.
Benzema got the ninth with 10 minutes left from a Luka Modric pass and almost on full-time the Frenchman completed his hat-trick to make it 10. It was the third time in their history that they had made double figures and the first time since 1962 when they beat Las Palmas 11-2.
No team in a top European league has managed it since Borussia Monchengladbach in 1984 when they beat Eintracht Braunschweig 10-0. The records are impressive but behind the numbers Real still have problems. They had looked shaky until the red cards came and their unforgiving supporters are not helping them.
Karim Benzema added a fifth for Rafa Benitez’s side three minutes after the interval as the hosts extended their lead
Ronaldo (centre) made it 6-2 to Real on 53 minutes as his header proved too good for Rayo goalkeeper Yoel
Bale completed his hat-trick with a close-range finish after sliding home from Ronaldo’s low cross
Bale (right) thanks Real’s No 7 after the latter provided the assist for him to complete his hat-trick at the Santiago Bernabeu
Benzema tucks home his second and Real’s ninth of the match with a right-footed effort inside the Rayo box