Real Madrid was denied the opportunity to reclaim their position atop La Liga as Rayo Vallecano stunned Los Blancos with a 3-2 victory thanks to a retaken penalty kick.
Rayo Vallecano’s triumph came as a complete surprise.
The loss was Real’s first of the league season, giving Barcelona a two-point lead at the top of La Liga after 13 matches played.
Santi Comesaa scored within the first five minutes of play on Tuesday’s match, giving the home team an early lead. However, Real Madrid responded with goals of their own later in the first half, courtesy of Luka Modric’s penalty kick and Éder Milito’s incredible header.
The lead only lasted for three minutes before Rayo tied the score shortly before halftime when Thibaut Courtois was unable to stop Alvaro Garca’s drive with his parry.
After Dani Carvajal was called for handball in the middle of the second half, Rayo was given a penalty to put them in the lead. Although Courtois made a stop on a shot by Luis Trejo, the kick had to be redone because the goalkeeper had come off his line too soon.
The attacker did not make any errors during the second attempt, as he successfully placed his penalty kick out of Courtois’s grasp.
As a result of this outcome, Rayo’s record against the top three teams in La Liga this season — Barcelona, Madrid, and Atlético Madrid – is presently one win and two draws.
Carlo Ancelotti, the manager of Real Madrid, was quoted as saying something along these lines to Movistar Plus, according to Reuters: “I wasn’t surprised since we all know how they play because they were better and more accurate than us today and it’s a well-deserved win for them.”
“We were unsuccessful in far too many challenges. They were more than I could handle. It makes no difference if you have a higher level of quality if your competitors have a higher level of intensity.
I believe we got off to a good start with the season, but the team has been feeling the effects of the demanding schedule leading up to the World Cup.
Real, which has not won a league game in more than two weeks, will play Cádiz on Thursday before taking a vacation from competition for the next seven weeks while the World Cup is being held in Qatar.
When Barcelona takes on Osasuna on Tuesday, it will have an opportunity to widen the gap between itself and second-place Osasuna in the standings of La Liga.
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