A Real Madrid side without talisman Cristiano Ronaldo had to come from behind to beat Rayo Valecano 3 – 2 in the Saturday 23 April La Liga clash.
The match was the first between the two sides since Real Madrid hit Rayo 10 – 2 in the first leg clash in Santiago Bernabeu and Gareth Bale, making a return from injury clipped the woodwork on the sixth minute.
Two minutes later, Real Madrid were trailing after a fine run by former Manchester United striker Bebe down the left had him square a pass for Adri Embarba and he slotted home for the opener.
Rayo were 2 – 0 up on the 14th minute with Miku capitalizing ion Raphael Varane’s mistake after the Frenchman cleared a corner right on to him.
It could be 3-0 or 4-0 by the half hour mark for Rayo as they dominated proceedings but missed chances.
Bebe lined up a shot from distance and Keylor Navas had to make a diving save to keep it out. A phenomenal start from the Madrid minnows, who went to the match only three points above the relegation zone.
Gareth Bale then pulled one back against the run of play on the 35th minute, heading home Toni Kroos’ cross and Real suffered a setback with Karim Benzema getting injured to be replaced by Lucas Vasquez.
Vasquez returned with the firepower in the second half and rose well to power home Danilo’s cross for the equalizer on 53 minutes.
Real Madrid had a chance to take the lead as Gareth Bale motored down the right and sent a cross in which somehow evaded fellow goal scorer Lucas Vazquez, who was six yards out but under pressure.
Gareth Bale got the winner for Real on the 82nd minute after picking a stray pass from Embarba and beating a couple of defenders before slotting home for the winner that sees Real go top momentarily, at least until Barcelona and Atletico Madrid play later.