The hosts dominated from the start, but could not score despite piling on the pressure throughout and recording 22 shots.
It was the first time this season that Madrid have failed to score and the result left Carlo Ancelotti’s side on 29 points, two behind unexpected leaders Girona who won 4-2 at Osasuna on Saturday.
“I’m not worried about not scoring, we’ve tried in many ways, it hasn’t worked out and that can happen,” coach Ancelotti said.
“The match was good, with a good attitude and a lot of chances, we lacked a good goal, we are hurt by the result but the match was good in my opinion.”
Vinicius Junior thought he had given Real the lead in the 66th minute, but saw his effort ruled out for a previous offside.
“It was a very comprehensive game from the team,” Rayo striker Raúl de Tomás told DAZN. “We know what this stadium is like but we have made a great effort and I am very proud of my teammates.”
The Spanish giants next host Braga in the Champions League on Wednesday.
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