Madrid had cruised to a 3-0 lead thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo double and a Karim Benzema header as Gareth Bale laid on two goals for the second consecutive game. However, two Jonathan Viera penalties in the space of two minutes brought Rayo right back into the game with 35 minutes still to play.
And the hosts were extremely unlucky not to snatch a point as Alberto Bueno struck the post and saw another effort fly inches wide of Diego Lopez’s far post. Despite eventually running out 7-3 winners, Real had also let Sevilla score two quick goals after going 3-0 ahead on Wednesday.
And Ancelotti wants his side to be more ruthless once they get into a winning position. “Against Sevilla we were 3-0 up and let them back into the game. Today the same thing happened and that is not a coincidence,” he said.