The defeat does not surprise Carlo Ancelotti

Barcelona is the leader with 34 points, two ahead of Real Madrid and ten ahead of Atlético de Madrid, third.

Rayo Vallecano came from behind to defeat Real Madrid 3-2 on Monday as the champions failed to regain top spot in the standings after two consecutive games without a win and suffered their first defeat in La Liga this season.

Barcelona is the leader with 34 points, two ahead of Real Madrid and ten ahead of Atlético de Madrid, third. After their third consecutive victory, Rayo climbed to eighth position, two points behind the European qualifying positions. Since losing Ballon d’Or-winning striker Karim Benzema to a thigh injury last month, Real Madrid have won just one of their last three matches in all competitions.

On Monday night, Real squandered several chances in an end-to-end encounter against Rayo, one of the highest scoring teams in LaLiga this season. “I was not surprised because we all know how they play, they were better and more precise than us today and it is a deserved victory for them,” Real coach Carlo Ancelotti told Movistar Plus.

“We lost too many challenges. They were overwhelming. It does not matter that you have more quality if your rivals have more intensity than you. “I think we started the season well, but the team has felt the grueling schedule ahead of the World Cup.”

Buoyed by their passionate fans in the claustrophobic Estadio de Vallecas, the hosts opened the scoring after five minutes when midfielder Santi Comesana struck a quick counter-attack from inside the area, but Real went ahead with two goals in four minutes. The first came in the 37th minute when Croatian playmaker Luka Modric converted a penalty after a Marco Asensio foul inside the area and the second came almost four minutes later with an impressive header from Eder Militao.

However, Rayo striker Álvaro García scored the equalizer just before half-time, with a loose ball. The second half was a feisty and moody affair, with both teams receiving three yellow cards each and Rayo coach Andoni Iraola seeing a red card for misconduct after several outbursts with the referee.

But Rayo’s resilience was rewarded when they were awarded a penalty in the 67th minute after VAR detected a handball from defender Dani Carvajal inside the box. Real’s Thibaut Courtois saved Oscar Trejo’s shot, but the shot had to be retaken as the keeper came off his line too soon. Trejo didn’t waste his second chance and found the winner.

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