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LaLiga: Real Madrid stumble in frustrating draw against Rayo Vallecano

Despite taking an early lead, Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw by a determined Rayo Vallecano at the Vallecas Stadium, dropping crucial points in their La Liga title chase.

Real Madrid started strong, scoring within three minutes through Joselu after a swift counter-attack. They continued to threaten down the right flank, but couldn’t convert their dominance into more goals. A disallowed header for Joselu added to their frustration.

Rayo Vallecano grew into the game and earned a penalty after a VAR review for a handball by Camavinga. Raúl de Tomás converted the spot-kick, marking his first La Liga goal of the season and bringing the scores level before halftime.

The second half was a cagey affair, with both teams wary of mistakes. Los Blancos had their chances, with Brahim Díaz setting up Joselu and Kroos threatening with a free-kick, but Rayo’s defense held firm.

To cap off a disappointing night for Real Madrid, Carvajal received a second yellow card in injury time for a rash challenge, leaving his team a man down.

The draw leaves a bitter taste for Real Madrid, who needed a win to solidify their lead. With key players missing and looking fatigued, they were unable to break down a resolute Rayo Vallecano side. This opens the door for Girona to potentially close the gap at the top.

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