PRIMERA MATCH REPORT

Primera Week 24 - 17 Feb 2013 (14.00 UK)
Real Madrid 2 - 0 Rayo Vallecano
Morata 3 (RM), Sergio Ramos 12 (RM)
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu

Aitor Karanka could only focus on the refereeing, whilst Paco Jemez felt his team missed their opportunity.

Referee Paradas Romeros dismissed Sergio Ramos for two yellow cards inside two minutes during Sunday evening’s 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano, for what appeared to be light calls.

Romeros was the referee who also sent of Ramos and Mesut Ozil against Villarreal last year.

“It’s more of the same. We knew what had happened before, we’re not surprised for anything,” reflected assistant Coach Karanka on Ramos’ latest card at full-time.

“It was a shame for the game itself as we had started nicely, against a bold Rayo we were accurate.

“It's worrying because it's happened in many matches and early on, but it's something that's not up to us. It's difficult to understand because each match there are confusing decisions.

Alvaro Morata had opened the scoring very early on, before Ramos added a second. However, Ramos’ red card forced the team to take Morata off early on and replace him with Raul Albiol.

“Everyone asks for homegrown players and Alvaro has had his chance and has taken advantage, but then he was unlucky as we had to make the change.

“When we have used him he has done what has been asked of him and has scored important goals. It is important for progression.

“We know the potential that he has, we hope he will continue to work and take his opportunities.

“Kaka? He is an example and you should always look for those who are at their best.

“Sometimes he does not get called up to games, but when we see things that he can bring to days that are better or worse, he almost always comes. This game he was very confident and hard working.”

Madrid played 70 minutes of Sunday’s encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu with 10 men, but Rayo failed to convert their 68 per cent possession into goals, much to their Coach’s frustration.

“It was not for a lack of attitude because we fought, but we were unsuccessful. I did not expect this situation,” reflected Jemez at the end.

“We created chances to score but we should have done more in the final third of the field. We have players who can hurt a team when they are reduced to 10 men.

“We lacked nerve in the final stretch of the pitch because most chances ended in nothing and we died on the shore.

“I prefer to play against 10. The thing is you have to know how to interpret the game. It was good for us, but the greatness of Madrid is that, they create twice and score twice.

“I do not know if it was playing in the Bernabeu or see that we were against 10, but we lacked decisiveness.

“It is not a matter of courage. This team is brave. We leave with the feeling of having played a month without a goal.”


Sergio Ramos sent off 18 (Real Madrid)

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