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Estadio Municipal de Ipurúa (ATT 5,000) 3rd April 2015 - Kick off 19:45

Eibar Eibar vs Rayo Vallecano R Vallecano

Eibar 1

M Arruabarrena (pen 35)
R Navas (S/O 90+5)

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R Vallecano 2

A Bueno (40)
Manucho (42)

Spanish La Liga: Two quickfire goals allow Rayo Vallecano to come from behind and beat Eibar

Last Updated: 04/04/15 12:46am

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Manucho: On target in Rayo's victory

Manucho: On target in Rayo's victory

Rayo Vallecano scored two goals in two minutes at the end of the first half to come from behind and win 2-1 at Eibar.

Mikel Arruabarrena had given the hosts the lead shortly after the half-hour mark from the penalty spot but Alberto Bueno levelled in the 40th minute and moments later Manucho put Paco Jemez's side in front.

The visitors survived a late onslaught to record a third straight victory that takes them on to 38 points for the season while Eibar slumped to a 10th consecutive defeat, made worse by Raul Navas being sent off for a second booking in injury time.

Eibar made the better start to the game and squandered several chances to take an early lead.

Rayo were grateful to goalkeeper Cristian Alvarez for making a fine double save to deny Federico Piovaccari, while Ander Capa and Eneko Boveda both failed to hit the target from clear openings.

However, Eibar did eventually take the lead when Alvarez bundled Piovacarri to the floor in the area, and Arruabarrena smashed the resulting spot-kick past the Argentine custodian.

Conceding a goal seemed to waken Rayo, who came straight back at their opponents and could have levelled when Manucho out-jumped Eibar goalkeeper Jaime Jimenez but his header was cleared off the line by Txema Anibarro.

Rayo found the equaliser less than a minute later. Tito sent the ball back into the box after Eibar had cleared and Bueno was waiting at the back post to nod in his 16th league goal of the season.

And they took the lead barely two minutes later, as Manucho trotted towards the near post unmarked to head in a corner.

Rayo should have extended their lead on a couple of occasions after the break, with Manucho first mishitting a clear shot at goal and then seeing his close-range header tipped over the bar by Jaime.

But the visitors spent the final minutes of the game in their area trying to avert an Eibar fightback.

First Manu del Moral missed the target from inside the box, then Tito headed Navas' header off the line, and in the final minute Alvarez again came to his side's rescue to keep out an acrobatic close-range effort from Del Moral.

Eibar knew their best chance to avert their losing streak had gone, and, perhaps in frustration, Navas picked up two bookings in the space of half a minute and was sent off.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 38 94
2 Real Madrid 38 92
3 Atletico Madrid 38 78
4 Valencia 38 77
5 Sevilla 38 76
6 Villarreal 38 60
7 Athletic Bilbao 38 55
8 Celta Vigo 38 51
9 Malaga 38 50
10 Espanyol 38 49
11 Rayo Vallecano 38 49
12 Real Sociedad 38 46
13 Elche 38 41
14 Levante 38 37
15 Getafe 38 37
16 Deportivo La Coruna 38 35
17 Granada 38 35
18 Eibar 38 35
19 Almeria 38 32
20 Cordoba 38 20

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