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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TeamPGDPTS
1Real Madrid154239
2Barcelona163438
3Atletico Madrid151432
4Valencia161631
5Sevilla15830
6Villarreal151027
7Malaga15427
8Celta Vigo16-120
9Eibar16-320
10Espanyol16-420
11Athletic Bilbao15-319
12Rayo Vallecano16-1417
13Getafe15-816
14Real Sociedad16-515
15Levante16-1815
16Almeria16-1113
17Deportivo La Coruna15-1113
18Granada15-1612
19Cordoba16-1611
20Elche15-1810