Rayo Vallecano vs Real Madrid: Embarba scores penalty as Rayo defeat Real 1-0

Rayo Vallecano vs Real Madrid: Embarba scores penalty as Rayo defeat Real 1-0

- Rayo Vallecano vs Real Madrid ended in a 1-0 victory in favour of the home team

- The only goal of the match was scored from the spot-kick by Adri Embarba

- Madrid remain third in La Liga, nine points behind second place Atletico Madrid

Rayo Vallecano vs Real Madrid ended in a 1-0 win for Rayo as they wait a little longer for their La Liga survival.

Zinedine Zidane made wholesale changes in the squad going into the match against their city rivals.

Real started sharp in the opening exchanges as Marcelo forced a good save from Rayo goalkeeper from a short corner but Gareth Bale could not make the follow up count.

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Mariano Diaz had a great opportunity to put Madrid ahead after Dani Carvajal slid in a low cross but his intended finish was blocked after making a wonderful first touch.

Thibaut Courtois who is having his first start in Zidane's side was called into action as he made two stunning saves within minutes of two Rayo attacks

Rayo finally got their noses in front after the VAR adjudged Jesus Vallejo to have pulled down a striker and Adri Embarba converted the resulting spot-kick to make it 1-0.

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Real Madrid went into the break with a goal down as Rayo Vallecano hope a win would take them a step further for their La Liga survival.

The second 45 minutes was a tight contest as Los Blancos did most of the playing in the half but to no avail.

Zidane made three tactical attacking substitutions including Brahim Diaz, Isco and Lucas Vasquez, but that change did not affect the scoreline.

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Bale had a free-kick saved but the goalkeeper was equal to the task and Madrid did not really threaten the goal keeper in the half.

Real summed up a bad day as they bowed to a 1-0 defeat in the Madrid derby but have secured Champions League qualification for next season.

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