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Assistant coach Aitor Karanka believes Sergio Ramos' 18th-minute red card prevented Real Madrid from enjoying a far more emphatic win than the 2-0 victory they claimed over Rayo Vallecano.
Madrid had looked set to run riot in Jose Mourinho's 100th league game in charge on Sunday, after scoring twice in the opening 12 minutes through Alvaro Morata and Ramos, while going close on a number of other occasions.
However, they were halted when Ramos was sent off after picking up two soft bookings in quick succession.
The result sees Madrid remain four points behind second-placed neighbours Atletico and 16 adrift of pace-setters Barcelona in the Primera Division.
Victory was the perfect response to last week's defeat against Granada but Karanka regretted Ramos' dismissal.
He told reporters: "The party had begun beautifully for the spectator.
"It was presumably going to be a good game with us attacking but in the end it could not be. It was a shame."
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