Result: Rayo Vallecano 0-1 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Cristiano Ronaldo scores the winner as Real Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano 1-0 on Sunday.

Real Madrid moved 13 points clear at the top of La Liga with a 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.

It was the home side who began the stronger and Emiliano Armenteros went close to opening the scoring after four minutes, but Sergio Ramos was on hand to make the block.

Madrid were next to go close after 18 minutes via Gonzalo Higuain, but the Argentine could only fire high and wide when he might have done better.

The away side began to dominate proceedings as the half wore on and twice Cristiano Ronaldo went close to finding the bottom corner.

The best chance of the half fell to the home side after 39 minutes, however, when Piti rattled the post after good work from Armenteros.

Madrid took the lead just ten minutes into the second period when Ronaldo struck a low drive into the bottom corner from the centre of the box.

Ronaldo again went close after 63 minutes with an effort from outside the area, but Joel was on hand to make a smart save at his near post.

The home side pushed for the equaliser in the latter stages, despite losing Michu to a red card, and came close via an effort from Tito, but Madrid held on to further extend their lead at the top of La Liga.

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2Barcelona255559
3Atletico Madrid252854
4Valencia252453
5Sevilla251246
6Villarreal251645
7Malaga25041
8Celta Vigo25132
9Espanyol25-432
10Athletic Bilbao25-930
11Rayo Vallecano25-1529
12Real Sociedad25-827
13Eibar25-927
14Getafe25-1326
15Deportivo La Coruna25-1825
16Almeria25-1724
17Elche25-2324
18Levante25-2722
19Granada25-2419
20Cordoba25-2118