A goal from Colombian Radamel Falcao in the first half and a save from Macedonian goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski to a penalty taken in the second half by Memphis Depay allowed Rayo Vallecano to beat a Barcelona without ideas that has chained two consecutive defeats and hits rock bottom.
The visit to Vallecas del Barcelona unleashed the expectation in the Madrid neighborhood and the team did not want to disappoint their fans. From the beginning, the team led by Andoni Iraola tried to subdue their rival with high pressure that despaired of the Barça defense, who found no gaps to get the ball played as usual.
In fact, in one of those errors in the exit of the ball, the Argentine Oscar Trejo was quick to steal it and put a pass into the hole for Radamel Falcao, who left Gerard Piqué with a cut inside before launching a left-footed shot that crashed the spherical on a pole and lodged in the bottom of the meshes.
The second time was the charm for Falcao, who previously tried his luck with a shot from the front that touched Piqué and brushed a post.
On those two occasions, and another by Álvaro García just before the break, Rayo’s dominance was translated into the first half, in which Barcelona was lost on the pitch. Sergio Busquets could not put order to the game of his team, the Brazilian Philippe Coutinho did not take advantage of the opportunity to start with any flash of his quality and Sergio ‘Kun’ Agüero, unassisted in attack, barely touched the ball.
In the second half, Barcelona took a step forward forced by the needs and, at least, the approaches multiplied, some of them with a certain danger such as a crossed shot from the youth squad Nico who left and another from Agüero who came out high. .
With this new scenario, Rayo had to change its approach and, instead of risking so much in attack, the midfielders Oscar Valentín and Santi Comesaña took a greater role, who had to pause the game, and the centrals Alejandro Catena and Esteban Saveljich, who exchanged the short pass for effective punts.
Barcelona was able to tie in the 71st minute, when Memphis Depay was knocked down inside the area by Oscar Valentín and Mateu Lahoz declared a penalty. It was at that moment, with the worst omens flying over Vallecas, when Stole Dimitrievski burst in, that he guessed the Dutchman’s launch on his right side and caught it in two halves.
That ruling did not make Barcelona give up its efforts to equalize the game, although emotionally it accused the blow, especially when Iraola decided to put muscle by giving entry to the French striker Randy Nteka and the Senegalese midfielder Pathé Ciss, two physical marvels.
The final minutes, with the game without dominator, showed a Barcelona attacking desperately, but suffering from hitting, and a Rayo defending with everything in his area a marker that did not move.
1 – Rayo Vallecano: Dimitrievski; Balliu, Saveljich, Catena, Fran García; Isi Palazón, Comesaña (Unai López, m.61), Oscar Valentín (Mario Suárez, m.89), Álvaro García; Trejo (Pathé Ciss, m.75); and Falcao (Nteka, m.75).
0 – Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto (Demir, m.60), Piqué, Eric García, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Nico (De Jong, m.80), Coutinho (Gavi, m.72), Dest; Memphis and ‘Kun’ Agüero.
Goals: 1-0: M.29 Falcao.
Referee: Mateu Lahoz (Valencian Committee). He admonished Trejo (m.23) and Saveljich (82), from Rayo Vallecano; and Coutinho (m.52) and Piqué (66), from Barcelona.
Incidents: match corresponding to matchday 11 of the Santander League played at the Vallecas Stadium in Madrid before about 12,000 spectators.