Atletico Madrid kept their Primera Division title bid going with another 1-0 win but they were made to work hard for the victory by a stubborn Rayo Vallecano side battling for their lives at the other end of the table.
City rivals Real Madrid won at Real Socieded earlier in the day so Atletico came into the game third in the table behind Real and second-placed Barcelona, the last of the three title contenders to play on Saturday against Real Betis.
Diego Simeone's side responded to Real's victory...
Real Madrid have confirmed that Karim Benzema has suffered a hamstring injury, making the striker a doubt for Saturday's match against Real Sociedad.
Benzema was substituted in the Champions League semifinal draw against Manchester City on Tuesday with a hip problem, but Spanish media reports say the injury was not a recurrence of the muscle injury that forced him out of the 3-2 La Liga win over Rayo Vallecano the previous weekend as was initially feared.
Benzema medical report.https://t.co/64DWHmn4J4
Gareth Bale inspired Real Madrid to come from two goals down to win 3-2 at Rayo Vallecano in a testing workout ahead of the Champions League clash with Manchester City.
Madrid were without Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time in a Primera Division game this season, due to a thigh problem, and their title bid looked in tatters when Adrian Embarba and Miku put Rayo 2-0 up in just 14 minutes.
Wales star Bale headed Madrid back into the game before the break and then grabbed the winner in the 81st minute...