Real Madrid got back to winning ways in their Liga campaign with a 2-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano, thanks to goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo at Vallecas.
The game had been delayed nearly 24 hours after floodlight cables were sabotaged on Sunday night, but the game was worth the wait for Madrid, with Benzema`s 13th minute strike and a Ronaldo penalty late on sealing the win.
The victory, only their second success in five games this season, lifted Jose Mourinho’s side to seventh on seven points, eight behind leaders Barcelona, who were 2-0 winners at home to Granada on Saturday.
Real have already lost twice in La Liga – at Getafe and Sevilla – the same number of defeats the champions suffered in the whole of last season, while arch rivals Barca have won all five of their games.
Rayo had lost their last eight matches against Madrid, their last victory against Los Blancos arriving 15 years ago, and rallied after going close to an equaliser. As promised by coach Paco Jémez, the hosts’ approach was admirable, but they always looked in danger of being caught on the break.