Rayo took an early lead in a see-saw sport earlier than Actual rallied to 2-1 forward. Rayo equalised earlier than half-time earlier than sealing a well-known win with a twice-taken penalty from Oscar Trejo within the 67th minute.
After 13 matches, Barcelona are high on 34 factors to Actual Madrid’s 32.
Enjoying with out injured Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, Actual Madrid confronted a troublesome opponent in a sold-out stadium within the working class suburb of Vallecas.
Santiago Comesana put the house facet forward to raucous scenes after simply 5 minutes earlier than two objectives within the area of 4 minutes turned the match Madrid’s method.
First Luca Modric levelled from the penalty spot within the thirty seventh minute earlier than Eder Militao fired Carlo Ancelotti’s beforehand unbeaten facet into the lead.
It was to not final, nonetheless, as Rayo have been degree on the break with Alvaro Garcia getting the higher of a goalmouth scramble and snapping a shot by a sea of legs.
In a nasty tempered and hotly-disputed sport Actual’s Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saved a penalty from Trejo on 67 minutes however was adjudged to have moved early.
Trejo confirmed no nerves changing the retaken spot-kick.
“We misplaced it within the particular person duels, and we missed possibilities we might usually convert,” Ancelotti mentioned.
Named in Brazil’s World Cup squad Rodrygo regarded horrified when he fired over the bar from shut vary within the ninetieth minute.
Actual’s different Brazilian striker Vinicius additionally fell flat however the Italian coach mentioned the gamers hadn’t been distracted by the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
“That is the way in which it goes typically.”
“It was onerous for Vinicius, but it surely was onerous for all of the workforce tonight.”
“I am upset by this defeat, not with the gamers, we’ve got executed higher than ever on this first a part of the season,” mentioned Ancelotti.
Barcelona beat Almeria 2-0 with objectives from Ousmane Dembele and Frenkie de Jong to maneuver high of La Liga on Saturday on an emotional evening as Gerard Pique retired.
Earlier Monday, Actual have been draw towards Liverpool within the Champions League for a double header in February and March.