Football: Real Madrid successful in appealing for Ronaldo's yellow card to be dropped

MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid's appeal against a yellow card shown to forward Cristiano Ronaldo in Wednesday's 2-0 La Liga win at Rayo Vallecano has been granted by the Spanish soccer federation, the club said on Friday.

The decision means the top scorer in Spain's top flight this season - with 37 goals - can play in Saturday's game at home to Eibar. It was the Portugal captain's fifth booking and would have resulted in a one-match suspension.

Ronaldo was cautioned after the referee ruled he had dived to try to win a penalty although television replays clearly showed he had been felled by a Rayo defender.

With a win over La Liga debutants Eibar, second-placed Real can close to within a point of leaders Barcelona, who play at fifth-placed Sevilla later on Saturday.