Stop War message clear at La Liga games

The stadium lights up blue and yellow in support of Ukraine prior to the LaLiga Santander match between Club Atletico de Madrid and RC Celta de Vigo at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on February 26, 2022 in Madrid, Spain.

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Like so many times this season for La Liga leaders Real Madrid, when Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior click defences crumble.

Benzema scored late from a Vinicius assist as Madrid overcame Rayo Vallecano 1-0 to increase the gap over second-place Sevilla to nine points.

Champions Atletico Madrid took a stand against Russia's invasion of Ukraine before beating Celta Vigo 2-0.

Before kick-off, Atletico's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium was lit with the yellow and blue colours of the Ukraine flag and bore the message Stop War.

The same message was then flashed inside the stadium during the team introductions.

Also in the Spanish capital, the stands of Rayo's Vallecas Stadium displayed signs against the war with a Ukrainian flag hung by supporters.

The Spanish league included the message NO A LA GUERRA (No to the War) next to the score at the top of the screen of all televised broadcasts of Spain's first and second division league games this weekend.

Benzema and Vinicius finally unlocked Rayo's defence in the 83rd minute when a passing exchange inside a packed area between the strike partners left the France striker clear to score the winner -- his league-leading 19th goal of the campaign.

Renan Lodi scored twice from two assists by Geoffrey Kondogbia to lead Atletico to victory over Celta and lift the champions above Barcelona into fourth place.

Lodi, who had seen his playing time reduced this season, excelled at left wing-back to twice latch on to long passes from Kondogbia to score in the 36th and 60th.

Playing with 10 men for an hour, Getafe rallied for a 2-2 draw at home with Alaves.

The comeback was led by Enes Unal's brace that included an astounding strike from near the touchline.

After Jorge Cuenca was shown a direct red for a dangerous tackle, Alaves twice went ahead with goals by Gonzalo Escalante and Edgar Mendez.

Each time Turkey forward Unal brought the hosts back, first with a header and then with a superb strike from a tight angle on the right flank.

That goal goes in once every 50 times, and he pulled it off, Escalante said about Unal's second goal.

It was a great goal and we have to congratulate him for it.

Valencia's Gabriel Paulista struck an early goal from well outside the area to give his side a 1-0 win over Real Mallorca.

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