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Morata, Ramos score as Madrid defeat Rayo

Posted on Feb 18, 08:53PM | IANS

Madrid, Feb 18 : Real Madrid defeated local rivals Rayo Vallecano 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the La Liga football.

Two goals in the first 15 minutes by Alvaro Morata and Sergio Ramos gave Madrid the points in a strange Sunday game.

Madrid had to play with a player less for a large part of the game after Ramos was harshly sent off for two yellow cards in just over a minute, reports Xinhua.

Morata was a surprise inclusion in the side ahead of Karim Benzema, but justified his inclusion with a goal after just two minutes as he was able to sidefoot the ball into an empty net.

Ramos doubled his side's lead with a 12th minute header, but then complicated things for his side with his sending off, although he was unfortunate to see a second yellow car for a handball, which while clear, was probably unintentional.

Jose Mourinho then took off Morata to bring on Raul Albiol and the game was virtually over as a spectacle given that Rayo never looked like scoring.