Real Madrid came out the better for the one-day delay of their match against Rayo Vallecano, which was moved to Monday due to problems with the lights at Rayo's ground. The Merengues went up early, and though they had to endure a couple of scary moments, they were mostly in control throughout and cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win.
The match was nothing like last year's corresponding fixture, when Rayo kept the pressure on Madrid for the entire match and the visitors barely managed a 1-0 victory. Karim Benzema put his team in front 13 minutes in, tapping in an easy finish at the end of a counter attack, assisted by Angel di Maria with a perfect low cross to the back post.
Madrid's scariest moment came in the 33rd minute, when Rayo had three brilliant chances to score in a span of 10 seconds. Andrija Delibasic put a header on goal, but Iker Casillas made a brilliant save. Mikel Labaka pounced on the rebound, and his shot was blocked off the line. The ball fell to Jordi Amat, but his half-volley went wide of the net.
The visitors put the match away in the 70th minute. Madrid was granted a penalty for a handball by Jordi Amat, and Cristiano Ronaldo converted. They continued to dominate for the rest of the match and had a couple of goals narrowly disallowed for offside. As solid as Rayo were in the first half from the goal onwards, they were less dangerous in the second half.