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29.03.2014 » Real Madrid 5-0 Rayo Vallecano. And they're back in the title fight!

Cristiano Ronaldo on a Real Madrid goal celebration, in 2014

Real Madrid needed desperately to bounce back from their two consecutive losses for La Liga and ended up having in Rayo Vallecano the perfect victim to regain their confidence. The Merengues ran over the visitors by 5-0, with goals coming from Cristiano Ronaldo, Carvajal, two from Gareth Bale and the last one by Alvaro Morata.

Everything remains the same on the top of La Liga's table, as all the top contenders in Spain managed to win their games earlier this Saturday. Real Madrid hosted and crushed Rayo Vallecano in a 5-0 win, while Barça pulled off a crutial 0-1 victory in the Barcelona derby against Espanyol, and Atletico Madrid showed their heart and determination, after coming back from a 1-goal deficit to still win the match against Athletic Bilbao, at the new San Mamés stadium. Cristiano Ronaldo led the Whites to the comfortable home win after scoring the opener around the first quarter of an hour and was followed by Carvajal, Bale (2x) and Alvaro Morata in the score sheet. Next Wednesday, Real Madrid takes on Borussia Dortmund for the Champions League first leg, but before that, there's still plenty of action taking place across Europe, with an exciting Liverpool vs Tottenham clash for the Premier League, that will probably be decisive for the Reds' title hopes. The game will be hosted at Anfield Road right this Sunday afternoon.

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Real Madrid 5-0 Rayo Vallecano
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The two straight losses against Barcelona and Sevilla have basically put the Merengues in a very delicate situation and where they were left without any marging for error whatsoever. Moreover, Real Madrid stepped onto the pitch in the Bernabéu already knowing that both Barça and Atletico Madrid had won their respective league fixtures, which whether we want it or not, somehow had to increase the pressure on Ancelotti's men. The Italian manager made a few changes to his team, bringing in Fábio Coentrão to take place Marcelo's left-back spot, Sergio Ramos for Varane, and Angel Di María for Luka Modric. The Croatia international didn't train this past Friday and was spared from this Saturday's Spanish football encounter, since Ancelotti most likely had in mind that next Wednesday Real Madrid is already meeting Borussia Dortmund, for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

The first goal of the night came from a good combination between Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, which got finished by the Portuguese striker after a brilliant run that started close to the midfield line. The 29-year old forward picked up a low pass on the run from Bale, blew past a couple defenders in speed and picked up the low corner of Rayo's goal to send his side to much-wanted early lead. Real Madrid had started the game at full throttle and fortunately had managed to reach the goal before the first 20 minutes, which definitely allowed them to take some of the pressure off their shoulders...

However, the second goal would only arrive after the half-time and it would come from a very unlikely goalscorer. Real Madrid's right-back Daniel Carvajal, made his scoring debut for the Spanish club, after finishing off a great team play on which Cristiano Ronaldo made the final assist for the Spaniard to score from an easy close range strike. Despite his very offensive playing style, this has only been Carvajal's second career goal since he left Real Madrid Castilla's team, at the end of the 2011-12 campaign. His first goal was scored in the Bundesliga last season, during the time he was playing for Bayer Leverkusen.

Cristiano Ronaldo making a statement and saying he is there for Real Madrid

The third goal started being fabricated close to the left-wing, with a beautiful triangulation between Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di María. The Argentine winger managed to get plenty of yards in front to run at his that usual frenetic pace that he so much loves to go into, and after stepping inside Rayo Vallecano's box, it didn't take him long to spot Gareth Bale on the far post and delivering him the assist for an easy tap-in goal. The Welshman had finally found the back of the net, which now happens following 6-game drought that began right after that 1-6 away win against Schalke 04, at the end of last month.

Judging from what we've got to see just two minutes later, it seems that the former Tottenham star wasn't quite ready to settle with only 1 goal in this game. The match was on its 70th minute when a lightning Bale decided to show up in the Bernabéu. The Wales international picked up the ball way behind the midfield line and then initiated a solo-run from almost one box to another. During his incredible counter-attack race, he left two defenders behind and still managed to keep his composure when he only had Rayo's goalkeeper in front. He didn't miss such a good opportunity and easily made the 4-0 to Real Madrid. That was Bale's 12th La Liga goal, his 16th in all competitions this season.

The final goal of the night was probably the most beautiful one as well. Less than 5 minutes before he had come in, Alvaro Morata showcased his talent by scoring a screamer, after picking up a pass from Isco close to one of the edges of Rayo Vallecano's box. The "Canterano", who was also exhibiting a new haircut after having completely shaved his head, curled the ball with precision and pace, leaving very few chances for Rúben to get his hands into it. It was Morata's 4th league goal this season and with Jesé sidelined for the next foreseeable months, the Real Madrid youngster will certainly earn more playing minutes in the weeks to come. This goal will hopefully help him boosting his confidence levels...

With tonight's opener, Cristiano Ronaldo has reached his 44th goal of the season, his 28th in the Spanish League. On this rainy day, CR7 has also set a new personal record of 10 straight games always scoring (9 for Real Madrid and 1 for the Portugal National Team).

Cristiano Ronaldo running wild at the Bernabéu, after putting Real Madrid in the lead

Real Madrid line-up vs Rayo Vallecano:

Goalkeeper: Diego López
Defenders: Fábio Coentrão, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Carvajal
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Illarramendi, Angel Di María
Attackers: Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema.

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Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Real Madrid will be against Borussia Dortmund for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals first leg, on the 2nd of April of 2014. You can watch Juventus live stream, Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid, Manchester United vs Bayern Munich, and Liverpool vs Tottenham, all matches provided from our soccer streams pages.

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kick-off time (02-04-2014):

Jakarta (Indonesia) | GMT+7: 02:45
(Madrid) | GMT+1: 20:45
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | GMT+0: 19:45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | GMT-2: 12:45
New York (United States) | GMT-5: 14:45
Los Angeles (United States) | GMT-8: 11:45
Beijing (China) | GMT+8: 03:45

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Gareth Bale Real Madrid forward

Alvaro Morata new look in 2014, with his head shaved

Cristiano Ronaldo first goal in Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale

Cristiano Ronaldo goal celebration stance

Asier Illarramendi in Real Madrid

Daniel Carvajal kissing his shin pad after scoring his first goal for Real Madrid

Alvaro Morata new haircut in 2014, with his head completely shaved like Benzema

Gareth Bale with his hair all wet

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