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Spanish Primera BBVA

The Vallecas - Teresa Rivero (ATT 10,000) 24th February 2013 - Kick off 11:00 Ref: Pedro Jesus Perez Montero

R Vallecano Rayo Vallecano vs Real Valladolid Valladolid

R Vallecano 1

J Amat (74)


Valladolid 2

J Amat (og 72)
Sereno (73)
Manucho (80)

Rayo suffer home defeat

Last Updated: 24/02/13 8:55pm

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Manucho fired in the winner for Valladolid

Manucho fired in the winner for Valladolid

Rayo Vallecano's ambitions for Europa League qualification suffered a blow on Sunday as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Real Valladolid.

The visitors took a second-half lead thanks to an own goal by Jordi Amat, who then scored an outstanding goal at the other end to equalise.

However, Manucho fired Miroslav Djukic's side in front once more on 79 minutes.

Both teams were committed to playing attractive football with a lot of short passes, but there were few real chances in the opening 45 minutes.

Rayo's only attempts on goal were two wayward shots from Chori Dominguez and Leo Baptistao respectively, plus a free-kick from Piti that went narrowly wide.

Valladolid came closer to scoring. Omar Ramos used composure to create space for himself on the edge of the area but sent his shot just wide of the top corner, while Alberto Bueno forced a save from Ruben Martinez and Rafael Sastre then struck the bar.

The second half was largely uneventful but suddenly sprang into life on 70 minutes.

First Rayo created their best chance of the game. Chori Dominguez played Franco Vazquez in and his shot was pushed out by Dani Hernandez into the path of Tito, but he too was denied by the Valladolid goalkeeper.

A minute later Valladolid were awarded a free-kick, which Bueno chipped right into the danger area. Rayo keeper Ruben came out to claim the ball but misjudged it and it bounced in off the head of Rayo defender Jordi Amat, who had risen in the air to challenge Valladolid's Henrique Sereno.

The centre-back soon redeemed himself for his mistake. Almost immediately after the re-start, he tried an audacious shot from the middle of the pitch, which looped over Hernandez and into the net.

Amat had never scored a professional goal before, but the strike was an impressive way to open his account.

Rayo were lifted by the goal and went out for the winner to maintain their perfect record at home since the turn of the year. However, they were punished for their ambition.

Alejandro Galvez was dispossessed by Bueno in his own half and the midfielder raced away towards goal before squaring the ball to Manucho, who tapped into the net from just a few yards out.

Bueno, one of the standout performers in the match, then struck the bar before being substituted.

Rayo coach Paco Jemez made two attacking substitutions with the clock running down, bringing off full-back Jose Casado and defensive midfielder Javi Fuego for forwards Andrija Delibasic and Raul Tamudo, who made his first appearance since returning to the club in the January transfer window.

The striker, whose last minute goal against Granada on the final day of last season kept Rayo in the Primera Division, was almost the hero again in injury time, but his header from a corner was tipped over the bar by an on-form Hernandez.

The result means Rayo stay in seventh place in the league table, while Valladolid move 13 points clear of the relegation zone.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
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1 Barcelona 28 68
2 Real Madrid 28 64
3 Valencia 28 60
4 Atletico Madrid 28 59
5 Sevilla 28 55
6 Villarreal 28 49
7 Malaga 28 44
8 Athletic Bilbao 28 39
9 Real Sociedad 28 36
10 Celta Vigo 28 35
11 Rayo Vallecano 28 35
12 Espanyol 28 34
13 Getafe 28 29
14 Eibar 28 28
15 Elche 28 27
16 Deportivo La Coruna 28 26
17 Almeria 28 25
18 Levante 28 25
19 Granada 28 23
20 Cordoba 28 18