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Spanish Primera BBVA

The Vallecas - Teresa Rivero (ATT 12,000) 6th October 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Alvarez Izquierdo

R Vallecano Rayo Vallecano vs Deportivo La Coruna Deportivo

R Vallecano 2

Piti (18)
Jose Carlos (30)

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Deportivo 1

Pizzi (pen 41)

Rayo back on winning track

Last Updated: 06/10/12 10:20pm

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Piti: Slotted home the opener

Piti: Slotted home the opener

Rayo Vallecano put their miserable 6-1 defeat to Valladolid last weekend behind them to register their first win in five games with a 2-1 victory over Deportivo at Vallecas.

The hosts were 2-0 up within half an hour as Piti slotted home at the back post from Leo Baptistao's cross before Jose Carlos' drove in his first goal for the club from the edge of the area.

However, Depor were given a lifeline when Javi Fuego was adjudged to have brought down Alex Bergantinos inside the area just before half-time and Pizzi confortably converted the spot-kick.

Riki and Nelson Oliveira then had good chances to salvage a point for the visitors in the second half but neither could find the target as they slipped to a third consecutive defeat.

Rayo boss Paco Jemez resorted to a back four after coming under fire for persisting with his 3-5-2 formation throughout the game at Valladolid but it was his changes further forward that created the opener as the recalled Leo and Piti combined for the latter the sweep home his second goal of the season on 18 minutes.

Ten minutes later Rayo doubled their advantage as Andrija Delibasic pulled the ball back for Jose Carlos and his strike took a slight deflection off Ze Castro to leave Depor goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia with no chance.

Deportivo had hardly threatened at all in the first half but were given the opportunity to get themselves back into the game when Fuego was harshly penalised for his challenge on Bergantinos - but Pizzi had no sympathy for the hosts as he smashed his penalty straight down the middle of the goal.

After a quiet opening to the second half both sides had a number of chances in the final half hour.

Delibasic was first to threaten but he overran the ball when clean through on Aranzubia and allowed the keeper to clear, while at the other end only a fantastic block by Tito denied Oliveira's initial effort before the Portuguese international pulled his follow-up attempt wide.

Jose Carlos was next to fail in front of goal as he unsuccessfully tried to round Aranzubia when a simple pass to Nicke Bille would have left the Dane with an open goal and that carelessness could have cost Rayo as Riki was played through on goal by Bergantinos with two minutes to go - but the ball took a bobble as the striker took aim and his effort trickled wide.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 35 87
2 Real Madrid 35 85
3 Atletico Madrid 35 76
4 Valencia 35 72
5 Sevilla 35 69
6 Villarreal 35 54
7 Athletic Bilbao 35 48
8 Malaga 35 47
9 Celta Vigo 35 46
10 Espanyol 35 46
11 Real Sociedad 35 43
12 Rayo Vallecano 35 43
13 Elche 35 40
14 Getafe 35 36
15 Levante 35 35
16 Almeria 35 32
17 Eibar 35 31
18 Deportivo La Coruna 35 30
19 Granada 35 28
20 Cordoba 35 20