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Real Madrid hang on for 3-2 win at Rayo

Real Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano 3-2 in the 12th matchday of the Spain La Liga on Saturday

AP, Saturday 2 Nov 2013
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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, centre right, from Portugal, celebrates with teammate Luka Modric from Croatia, top, after Ronaldo scored a goal against Sevilla during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday Oct. 30, 2013 (Photo: AP)
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Real Madrid's brittle defense nearly spoiled another tremendous performance from Cristiano Ronaldo in a 3-2 win at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

Madrid remained six points behind Spanish leader Barcelona, but only just as it nearly blew a 3-0 lead in a frantic finish set off after it surrendered a pair of second-half penalties to Jonathan Viera.

Madrid played the first 53 minutes - when Viera scored - to near perfection, with Ronaldo opening after three minutes from a counterattack.

Karim Benzema headed home a 31st-minute cross from Gareth Bale, whose cleverness led to a second assist in the 48th when he found a streaking Ronaldo inside the area.

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