Karim Benzema finished off a superb counter-attack in the 13th minute to put the visitors in the ascendancy, but it was not until midway through the second half — when Cristiano Ronaldo slotted home from the penalty spot after Jordi Amat had handled in the area — that Real made the game safe.
While they dominated for large spells, Xabi Alonso had to clear off the line in the first half and defender Alvaro Arbeloa was fortunate to see his careless back-pass catch Vallecano striker Andrija Delibasic unawares. While Mourinho praised the efforts of their opponents, who had Jose Manuel Casado sent off for a second bookable offence in the closing stages, he was happy to see his side claim their first victory on their travels this season. “What’s important is that we’ve scored enough goals to win a match that we have dominated,” Mourinho told the club’s website. “It was a match with a lot of pressure. They applied considerable pressure and we did too.
Besides a counter-attack in the first half and a lost ball by Arbeloa in the second, I don’t recall any great goal opportunities from Vallecano.”