Rayo Vallecano recommitted himself to his host FC Barcelona, beating him 2-1 in the thirty-first round of the Spanish Football League on Wednesday, which was followed by Atletico Madrid’s 3-1 win over Real Mallorca. .
Poland’s Robert Lewandowski scored Barcelona’s lone goal, while Rayo Vallecano, Alvaro Garcia and Francisco Garcia scored.
The Catalans have failed to beat Vallecano in their last four meetings.
Before Wednesday’s defeat, they had a negative draw in the first leg of the league this season last August, before which Barcelona had lost on two occasions: a clean sheet at home last April and the same result away from home in October 2021. .
With this third drop for Barcelona this season, the “Blaugrana” tied at the top of the league table with 76 points, while Rayo Vallecano increased its tie to 43 points and is in ninth place.
Amid the brilliance of German goalkeeper Marc-Andre der Stegen, the hosts raced to pile on the pressure from the start of the match.
But in the 19th minute, Vallecano was able to score when Alvaro Garcia received a pass from Sergio Camilo inside the penalty area, so he slotted it into the net to Ter Stegen’s left.
Barcelona tried to equalize more than once, and it was in the 42nd minute, but the referee canceled it due to Lewandowski offside.
At the start of the second half, Francisco García succeeded in adding Rio Vallecano’s second goal in the 53rd minute when he capitalized on a mistake by Dutchman Frankie de Jong to cut the ball away from him and go alone with the goalkeeper. Live on the web.
And Lewandowski succeeded in scoring a goal that narrowed the gap for the Blaugrana in the 83rd minute, when the ordinary Frank Kessier launched an attack through which he beat the defense with a ball that rebounded in front of a hard-hitting “Leva”. Entered the net, but that didn’t stop the Catalans from losing, appearing to be the result of a lack of enthusiasm with the feeling that the league title was within reach.
Atlético regains its balance on its 120th birthday
Atletico Madrid equalized in time and beat hosts Real Mallorca 3-1, capitalizing on a heavy loss to arch-neighbors Real Madrid to close the gap to two points.
With the win, Atletico, celebrating the 120th anniversary of its founding, returned to winning ways after falling to leaders Barcelona with a clean sheet in the last leg and took full advantage of Real Madrid’s humiliating 2-4 defeat against Girona. On Tuesday.
Although Mallorca opened the scoring through Serbian Mattia Nastasic, the Colconeros hit back from distance with three goals scored by Argentine Raul de Paul, Alvaro Morata and Belgian Yannick Carrasco, with Frenchman Antoine Griezmann assisting the first and third goals of the season.
With the three points, Atlético strengthened its position in third place with 63 points, two points behind Real II, and 13 behind the leaders Catalan club.
In the second game, Almeria regained the taste of victory after two consecutive defeats, defeating Gedaf 2-1.
Almeria achieved this crucial victory in the battle to move away from the danger zone thanks to a double century from Colombian Luis Soares, while Borja Meyer scored Gedaff’s only goal.
Almeria increased their score to 33 points in fifteenth place, while Getafe, who have not won in five consecutive matches, remain in seventeenth place with 31 points.
Zelda Vigo also beat bottom club Elche with a clean sheet.
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