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Spanish Primera BBVA

ONO Estadi (ATT 18,000) 19th April 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: J Estrada Fernandez

Mallorca Real Mallorca vs Rayo Vallecano R Vallecano

Mallorca 1

A Alfaro (13)

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R Vallecano 1

Piti (7)

Real Mallorca pick up a point

Last Updated: 20/04/13 12:05am

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Alejandro Alfaro got the equaliser for Mallorca

Alejandro Alfaro got the equaliser for Mallorca

Real Mallorca moved up to third from bottom as they continue their fight against relegation from the Primera Division with a draw against Rayo Vallecano.

Both goals came in the first 13 minutes with Piti putting Rayo ahead in the seventh minute only for Alejandro Alfaro to level six minutes later.

While Mallorca presented more of an attacking force, they were relieved to see the post twice come to their aid when the woodwork denied Alhassane Bangoura in quick succession.

Mallorca started the game second from bottom but just one point from safety after victory over Celta Vigo last time out had given them hope they could escape relegation.

Giovani Dos Santos had bundled the ball home in injury time to lift Mallorca from the foot of the table and leave Celta four points from safety.

A positive start, therefore, would have been what Mallorca were looking for but they found themselves a goal down in only the seventh minute.

Jose Manuel Casado's cross from the left wing found Piti who volleyed a left-footed shot into the bottom right of the goal from 18 yards.

However, it took just six minutes for the hosts to draw level.

Dos Santos' corner was headed goalwards by Alfaro and although Rayo goalkeeper Martinez Ruben managed to parry the ball, Alfaro pounced to shoot home from close range.

After such a breathless start, the game settled down with neither side carving out a clear-cut chance until the 28th minute when another Dos Santos corner found Tomer Hemed with the striker's header tipped round the post by Ruben.

Andrija Delibasic's shot was blocked by Mallorca goalkeeper Juan Calatayud before Triguero Tito fired over and Hemed's header was comfortably gathered as the hosts pressed but the break came without further goals.

Rayo had the best chance in the early stages of the second half when Leo Baptistao's shot from the centre of the area was tipped round the post by Calatayud.

Alfaro fired wide and Mallorca almost took the lead midway through the half and again Dos Santos was involved, this time his free-kick was tipped round the post by Ruben.

Pedro Geromel fired wide from a Dos Santos corner but the hosts breathed a sigh of relief when Bangoura's shot hit the post.

The same player then drilled in a free-kick from 25 yards which also came back off the woodwork.

Michael Pereira had a curling effort gathered by Ruben and Dos Santos fired wide with Roberto Trashorras putting a shot past the post for Rayo in injury time.

However, neither side could find the breakthrough and both had to settle for a point.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 38 90
2 Barcelona 38 87
3 Real Madrid 38 87
4 Athletic Bilbao 38 70
5 Sevilla 38 63
6 Villarreal 38 59
7 Real Sociedad 38 59
8 Valencia 38 49
9 Celta Vigo 38 49
10 Levante 38 48
11 Malaga 38 45
12 Rayo Vallecano 38 43
13 Getafe 38 42
14 Espanyol 38 42
15 Granada 38 41
16 Elche 38 40
17 Almeria 38 40
18 Osasuna 38 39
19 Real Valladolid 38 36
20 Real Betis 38 25