After Karim Benzema’s 30th goal of the season, it was Rodrygo’s late goal that allowed Real Madrid to beat Rayo Vallecano (2-1) on Wednesday night at the Bernabéu.
Barça is already crowned champion of Spain and the Real Madrid guaranteed to qualify for the next Champions League, but the meeting of the Merengues at Santiago-Bernabéu, against the neighbor of Rayo Vallecano, was symbolic. Vinicius, a victim of racism in Valencia last Sunday, received strong support from his teammates as well as the public (who chanted the Brazilian’s name in the 20th minute).
Carlo Ancelotti’s men were close to a poor performance at home, despite having led for a long time thanks to Karim Benzema, author of his 30th goal in all competitions in the first period (31st). Raul De Tomas, striker trained at Real, thus equalized 5 minutes from the end of the game, in front of an overly passive Aurélien Tchouaméni (84th).
It’s finally Rodrygo, an individual action concluded with a perfectly placed shot, which won his team in the 89th minute, for 16th goal of the season. Real Madrid takes 2nd place from Atlético, who play against Espanyol in the evening. The 2022 champion will finish in Seville on Saturday then with the reception of Bilbao.
⚽️ Benzema makes Real Madrid happy! pic.twitter.com/BowEo430qh
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