Real Madrid hosted Rayo Vallecano in quite a bizarre game as it ended 10-2 to the hosts. Due to weird refereeing decisions, it’s a little difficult to judge the game but I guess that I’ll do the best I can…

Starting Lineup:

Rafael Benitez took no chances whatsoever as his job is pretty much on the edge right now. The starting lineup consisted of:

Keylor Navas, Danilo, Pepe, Sergio Ramos [C], Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema


Real Madrid –
Danilo (3′)
Gareth Bale (25′)
Cristiano Ronaldo (30′)
Gareth Bale (41′)
Karim Benzema (48′)
Cristiano Ronaldo (53′)
Gareth Bale (61′)
Gareth Bale (70′)
Karim Benzema (79′)
Karim Benzema (90′)

Rayo Vallecano –
Antonio Amaya (10′)
Jozabed Ruiz (12′)

Refereeing Decisions:

Even though Real Madrid were able to get the opening goal of the game, two goals in two minutes from Rayo Vallecano had them motivated and prepared to cause havoc at the Santiago Bernabeu. Only two minutes after their second goal, Roberto Triguero got a red card for a nasty tackle on Toni Kroos (deserved red card in my opinion) and then Jose Baena got a red card after fouling Sergio Ramos. That is where things went wrong. Not only did Baena not deserve the second yellow card but there was no foul either way! Those two dismissals got Rayo down to 9-men and practically gifted the game to Los Blancos.

Gareth Bale:

Even though Rayo Vallecano only had 9 men on the pitch, Gareth Bale was able to shine as he came out with a great super hat-trick on the night. It will definitely be a memorable game for the Welshman after having a little bit of a hard time this season trying to please the fans.


Cool Stat For No Reason:

The last time that Real Madrid won a game at home with double digits was the famous 11-2 win against FC Barcelona. This really doesn’t mean anything much but people tweeted about it so I guess it could be important to a certain extent.

How Can We Celebrate?

This has been and will continue to be a season to forget for Real Madrid. The playing has been disgusting and our tactics are laughable. Of course, this is putting aside all the things that are happening off the pitch. I don’t think that I will ever understand why there was a need to change our manager, Carlo Ancelotti, last summer but I guess when Florentino Perez wants something, he simply does not care what anyone else thinks!

Rafael Benitez:

I have said it before and I will continue saying it until it happens: Rafael Benitez should leave Real Madrid. He was never going to be the right man for us and this all proves it. Yes, we won 10-2 but things would have been a lot different had Rayo Vallecano continued playing with eleven men on the pitch.

My Personal Player Ratings:

Keylor Navas: 6.5/10
Danilo: 8/10
Pepe: 8.5/10
Sergio Ramos: 9/10
Marcelo: 8.5/10
Toni Kroos: 9/10
Luka Modric: 7.5/10
James Rodriguez: 8/10
Gareth Bale: 10/10
Cristiano Ronaldo: 8.5/10
Karim Benzema: 8/10