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Real Madrid back on track with Rayo Vallecano win

Published on Sep 25, 2012 6:50 AM
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (centre) celebrates with teammates Real Madrid's midfielder Xabi Alonso (left) and Real Madrid's German midfielder Mesut Ozil after scoring during the Spanish league football match Rayo Vallecano v Real Madrid on Sept 24, 2012 at the Teresa Rivero stadium in Madrid. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid kept Barcelona in their sights as an early goal from Karim Benzema put them on their way to a 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano - but they remain eight points behind the Catalan side, who are yet to drop a point this season.

Benzema struck after 13 minutes and Cristiano Ronaldo added a second mid-way through the second half as Jose Mourinho's side came out on top in the match suspended on Sunday due to floodlight failure caused by sabotage.

In injury time, Jose Casado was dismissed for the home side after receiving his second yellow card.

The green light was finally given to play the game on Monday evening at Rayo's Estadio de Vallecas ground in what was a tough battle for Madrid against city rivals Rayo with the pressure on after Barcelona beat Granada 2-0 on Saturday, their fifth win in succession, while Madrid had only one.

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