WATCH: Real Madrid decimates Rayo, Gareth Bale scores four

What started off as a very competitive match between Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano could not have ended on a worse note for Rayo as Real Madrid went to town on them, thanks in part to Gareth Bale.

Real went up ahead in the first three minutes with a goal by Danilo and it looked as if Madrid was going to cruise to an easy victory. However, two quick goals by Antonio Amaya and Jozabed in the 10th and 12th minutes of the game put Rayo up by one and the momentum shifted in their favor in a matter of minutes.

Momentum is a fickle mistress, however, as two red cards before the end of the half forced Rayo to work with only nine men after the 28th minute.

Madrid took full advantage of Rayo being shorthanded as they scored three goals by the end of the half to take a 4-2 lead. Gareth Bale scored his first of the game off a header, Ronaldo scored from a PK, and Bale finished off the half with his second of the match.

Take a look at Bale’s first two goals of the game:

One might think that with a two goal and two man advantage Real Madrid would ease up, however, Bale and Real were not done with Rayo, not by a long shot.

Karim Benzema scored in the 48th minute, Ronaldo his second in the 53rd, Bale scored his hat trick in the 61st minute, and his fourth by the 70th minute.

Take a look as Bale just outclasses Rayo scoring his third and fourth of the match:

After Bale’s masterful performance put Real up 8-2, Karim Benzema felt the need to make his mark on the game as well and scored two more before the final whistle to give himself a hat trick and Real Madrid a 10-2 win.

The only thing that went right for Rayo today is that they had some sweet looking kits. Sadly, those kits couldn’t prevent the throttling they received from los Merengues.

Oddly enough, Real Madrid posted a tweet two days before the match that featured a video of 10 goals scored against Rayo Vallecano and the goal scorers in the video were: Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema.

It’s like they saw into the future or something.

About Josh Espinal

I am a multimedia journalism graduate from the University of Texas at El Paso. Soccer is more than a passion for me, it's basically life. Follow me on twitter at @joshbruv and see me tweet about soccer in almost every language imaginable.