Real Madrid smashed ten goals past Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, in match that left the visitors feeling “humiliated and abused.”
Rayo led the match 2-1 early but were forced to nine-men after two first half red cards, leading to a barrage of Real goals and a final scoreline of 10-2.
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Gareth Bale scored four times, Karim Benzema had a hat-trick, and Cristiano Ronaldo added two more. Danilo would also get on the scoresheet.
After the match, Rayo boss Paco Jemez said the match was a loss for Spanish football as a whole.
We feel humiliated and abused. This doesn’t benefit Madrid, or us or Spanish football. We’ve lost a lot of credibility.
Today, nobody won, we all lost. It’s shameful, a disgrace. These are things which happen and I hope that we don’t see it happening again anywhere else.
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen anything so weird and embarrassing. My first reaction is to give my support to the players who made a great effort today. It’s difficult to console them because they feel completely humiliated and trampled on.
The majority of the people here didn’t like what they were seeing – how can something like this happen in ‘the best league in the world’? It shouldn’t happen anywhere.
Jemez is right in his comments that a 10-2 thrashing is not good for La Liga. While there is always a gap between top teams and bottom sides in all European leagues, it’s hard to remember the last time a team put up double-digits.
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Real boss Rafa Benitez also left Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema on for the full 90 minutes, in a match that was essentially over at halftime. Putting the humiliation factor aside, it was a questionable decision for Benitez to risk an injury and not give his top players some rest in a blowout.