Mar 29, 2014 at 9pm UK at ​Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid
5-0
Rayo Vallecano
Ronaldo (15'), Carvajal (55'), Bale (68', 70'), Morata (78')
Carvajal (63')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Real Madrid cruise to victory over Rayo Vallecano

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their second goal with teammate Alvaro Arbeloa during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Elche CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 22, 2014
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Real Madrid defeat Rayo Vallecano 5-0 at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga.

Real Madrid have closed the gap on the top two in La Liga by cruising to a 5-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Victories for Barcelona and Atletico Madrid turned the pressure up on Real ahead of their late kickoff, but a resounding second-half performance put the capital city side back in the title race.

The first chance of the match fell to Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who forced a fine save from Ruben after driving into the Rayo box with four minutes played.

Madrid had another chance to take the lead shortly after when Gareth Bale found space outside the opposition box.

The Welshman slid the ball through to Fabio Coentrao, who in turn delivered a cross to the near post which was turned behind by Roberto Trashorras.

Bale had a role to play when Los Blancos eventually made the breakthrough on 15 minutes, picking out Cristiano Ronaldo, who charged into the area before finding the bottom corner of the net to score his 44th goal of the campaign.

After hitting Rayo on the counter-attack, Bale had a brilliant opportunity to extend Real's real, but he lost his footing as he was about to pull the trigger and the chance went begging.

Carlo Ancelotti's side added the all important second goal 10 minutes into the second half when Ronaldo set up Daniel Carvajal to double the hosts' advantage.

Madrid continued to probe and found a third after Angel di Maria unselfishly laid the ball off to Bale to tap home from close range on 69 minutes.

Bale added his second and Real's fourth two minutes later, this time going on a solo run through the heart of Los Franjirrojos' defence and finding the bottom corner of the net, while Alvaro Morata added goal number five with a curling effort 10 minutes from time.

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring their first goal during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Levante UD at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on March 9, 2014
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