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Spanish Primera BBVA

The Vallecas - Teresa Rivero (ATT 13,650) 2nd March 2014 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: Jesus Gil Manzano

R Vallecano Rayo Vallecano vs Valencia Valencia

R Vallecano 1

J Larrivey (61)

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Valencia 0

A Barragan (S/O 77)

Rayo boost survival hopes

Last Updated: 02/03/14 10:41pm

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Joaquin Larrivey: Scored for the hosts

Joaquin Larrivey: Scored for the hosts

A solitary goal by Joaquin Larrivey gave relegation-threatened Rayo Vallecano all three points against Valencia, moving the Madrid side to within three points of safety.

The Argentinian striker headed in the only goal of the game on 61 minutes and Valencia were dealt a further blow when Antonio Barragan was sent off a quarter of an hour later for picking up a second booking.

Rayo remain 19th in the Primera Division table but have closed the gap on 17th-placed Almeria to three points, while Valencia suffered their first defeat in six matches and drop down to 9th.

The first half saw plenty of chances for both sides, although neither had much luck hitting the target. Paco Alcacer struck the bar early on for the visitors, while Larrivey struck the post but should have hit the net.

The Argentinian was in the thick of the action for Rayo, later shooting just beyond the post from outside of the area and then heading over the bar shortly before the break.

But the best chance for the hosts in the opening 45 minutes fell to Alberto Bueno, who shot over the bar after a poor clearance from Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves.

Early in the second half Alves had to punch a free-kick from Alejandro Galvez away for a corner and Bueno skied a cut-back from Iago Falque.

Rayo had come out stronger than their opponents after the break and deserved to go in front just after the hour mark.

Saul Niguez pursued a loose ball and pulled it back for Razvan Rat to send a hanging cross towards the far post, and Larrivey rose above the Valencia defenders to head past Alves and into the net.

Valencia had two penalty appeals turned down in the space of a few minutes, the first for a supposed handball by Anaitz Arbilla and the second for the same infraction by Galvez, but referee Carlos Clos Gomez saw no problem with either incident.

But the official did take issue with a foul by Barragan on Falque and showed the full-back a second yellow card, making the visitors' quest for an equaliser even more difficult.

Their final opportunities fell to Sofiane Feghouli, who was unable to keep his header under the crossbar, and Vinicius Araujo, who sent an awkward shot over the bar in injury time.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 15 39
2 Barcelona 16 38
3 Atletico Madrid 16 35
4 Valencia 16 31
5 Villarreal 16 30
6 Sevilla 15 30
7 Malaga 16 30
8 Celta Vigo 16 20
9 Eibar 16 20
10 Espanyol 16 20
11 Athletic Bilbao 16 19
12 Getafe 16 17
13 Rayo Vallecano 16 17
14 Real Sociedad 16 15
15 Levante 16 15
16 Almeria 16 13
17 Deportivo La Coruna 16 13
18 Granada 16 13
19 Cordoba 16 11
20 Elche 16 10