First defeat in LaLiga for Real Madrid! In the absence of Karim Benzema, still embarrassed in a thigh, the meringues surprised this Monday by 3-2 at the end of day 13 in the field of their neighbor, Rayo Vallecano, and gave up the throne for the first time in the season.
In the absence of their French Ballon d’Or, the meringues embarked on a crazy scenario: Rayo opened the scoring in the 5th minute thanks to a good recovery from Santi Comesana, then Real recovered the advantage thanks to a penalty from Luka Modric (37) and a header from Eder Militao (41), but Álvaro García equalized 2-2 just before the break (44), and Óscar Trejo sealed the victory for the travelers in the 67th from a penalty, by a handball by Dani Carvajal in your area
With this setback, Carlo Ancelotti’s men stagnate in second place, two points behind FC Barcelona (34 points), winner of Almería on Saturday night in Gerard Piqué’s last appearance at the Camp Nou.
In the small hostile stadium of Vallecas, the popular neighborhood in the south of the Spanish capital, the ‘White House’ did not find the key.
Thibaut Courtois, who did not have a firm enough hand in the 2-2 draw, managed well in the last few moves to try to equalize on the gong… but to no avail.
Wake up Thursday?
This is the first defeat in the league this season for Real, but the second in all competitions: the meringues surprised with the same scoreline at RB Lepizig for matchday 5 and penultimate matchday of the Champions League group stage .
For Lightning, this win is a huge breath of fresh air. With these three unexpected points, Rayo rises to 8th place in the table (21 points) ahead of Villarreal, and is only three points away from the Champions League qualifying positions (Atletico is third with 24 points).
And the expulsion of the Basque coach Andoni Iraola from the bench, for a humorous gesture in 61, only had the effect of inflating the ardor of the locals.
Four days before the championship break to make way for the World Cup, La Real takes a blow to the head… but will soon have the opportunity to regain its leadership seat on Thursday. The meringues receive Cádiz (9:30 p.m.) one day after Barça’s game on Wednesday at Osasuna (9:30 p.m.), for the last game of Gerard Piqué’s career.