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Real Madrid boss Santi Solari plays down supporters' whistles and boos

Karim Benzema's goal in the 13th minute was all Real Madrid needed to put away Rayo Vallecano at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and secure three points.
Alejandro Moreno and Dan Thomas reflect on Real Madrid's nervy 1-0 over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.

Real Madrid coach Santi Solari proclaimed himself very satisfied with his team's performance and form despite whistles from a frustrated Bernabeu crowd and anger from local media after Saturday's uninspiring 1-0 La Liga win at home to Rayo Vallecano.

Karim Benzema's well-taken early strike was enough for the three points versus a Rayo team struggling against relegation, with Madrid having just four shots on target all game, and Blancos goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois making a double save in added time...

Modric shows off Ballon d'Or in 8/10 showing as Madrid hold on vs. Rayo

Alejandro Moreno and Dan Thomas reflect on Real Madrid's nervy 1-0 over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.

After a super-dramatic 2018, Real Madrid end the calendar year with a 1-0 home win against a poor Rayo Vallecano side on Saturday in one of the least entertaining Bernabeu occasions in many a year.

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This was at least a victory to end the year with three points. The early goal was cleverly constructed and nicely taken. Marcos Llorente again showed his worth in holding midfield, with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos either side playing well too. A third consecutive La Liga clean sheet was...

Karim Benzema nets early winner as Real Madrid edge Rayo Vallecano

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Karim Benzema's goal in the 13th minute was all Real Madrid needed to put away Rayo Vallecano at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and secure three points.

Karim Benzema scored the only goal of the game after 13 minutes as Real Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

It was a third consecutive La Liga victory, but Madrid again failed to sparkle and had to endure booing from their unhappy supporters.

Benzema beat a poorly constructed Rayo offside trap to score and Toni Kroos came close to doubling Madrid's advantage later in the first half when he struck a post from outside the box.

The win put Santiago Solari's side up to third place...