A goal by Colombian Radamel Falcao in the first half and he saved the Macedonian goalkeeper Stoll Dimitrievsky with a penalty kick by Memphis Depay in the second half, allowed Rayo Vallecano to beat Barcelona without ideas that led to two consecutive defeats and hit rock bottom.
The visit to Vallecas del Barcelona unleashed expectations in the Madrid neighborhood and the team did not want to disappoint their fans. From the start, the team led by Andoni Iraola tried to subdue his opponent with high pressure who despaired of the Barcelona defense, who did not find holes in playing the ball as usual.
Indeed, in one of those misses out on the ball, Argentine Oscar Trigo quickly stole it and made a pass to Radamel Falcao, who left Gerard Pique with a cut inside before firing a left-footed shot. Which spheroids crashed onto the shaft and settled at the bottom of the nets.
The second time was the charm of Falcao, who previously tried his luck with a shot from the front that touched Pique and carved a pole.
On these two occasions, and another by Alvaro Garcia just before the break, Rayo’s dominance translated into the first half, with Barcelona losing on the pitch. Sergio Busquets couldn’t organize his side’s game, Brazilian Philippe Coutinho didn’t take the opportunity to start with any flash of his quality and Sergio ‘Con’ Aguero, unaided in attack, barely touched the ball.
In the second half, Barcelona took a step forward dictated by the needs, and at least the approaches multiplied, some with a certain danger such as a cross shot from the youth team Nico who left and another from Aguero who came out high.
With this new scenario, Rayo had to change his technique, and instead of risking a lot in attack, midfielders Oscar Valentin and Santi Commissana played a bigger role, having to pause the match, and mediators Alejandro Catina and Esteban Savelgic, who replaced the short pass with effective kicks.
Barcelona managed to equalize in the 71st minute, when Memphis Depay was brought down inside the area by Oscar Valentin, and Mathieu Lahoz declared a penalty. At that moment, with the worst omens flying over Vallecas, when Stole Dimitrievski stormed in, he guessed the Dutchman’s shot on his right side and grabbed him in two halves.
This referee did not make Barcelona give up his efforts to equalize the match, although he charged the blow emotionally, especially when Iraola decided to put muscle by giving French striker Randy Ntica and Senegalese midfielder Bate Ciss, a physical marvel.
The last minutes, with the match without the dominant, showed Barcelona’s attack desperate but suffering from blows, and Rayo defended everything in his area a sign that does not move.
1 – Rayo Vallecano: Dmitrievsky; Balliu, Saveljich, Catena, Fran García; Isi Palazón, Comesaña (Unai López, m.61), Oscar Valentín (Mario Suárez, m.89), lvaro García; Trejo (Bathe Cess, m.75); and Falcao (Ntica, m.75).
0 – Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto (Demir 60), Pique, Eric Garcia, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Nico (De Jong, m.80), Coutinho (Jaffe, m.72), Dest; Memphis and “Con” Aguero.
Goals: 1-0: Round 29 Falcao.
Referee: Matteo Lahoz (Valencia Committee). He warned of Trego (AD 23) and Saveljec (82), of Rayo Vallecano; Coutinho (52nd) and Pique (66th) from Barcelona.
Accidents: The match corresponding to the 11th round of the Santander League was held at Vallecas Stadium in Madrid, in front of about 12,000 spectators.