Rayo Vallecano’s dismal run continued at the Estadio de Vallecas as they were beaten 2-1 by neighbours Getafe.
A tepid first half made way for an entertaining second period that saw Dimitri Foulquier open the scoring with an imposing header.
Jorge Molina’s cross was then turned into his own goal by Sergio Akieme before Raúl De Tomas pulled one back with a well-struck volley.
The hosts ended proceedings with ten men after Oscar Trejo’s red card while Getafe secured their first win at Vallecas for the first time since 2014.Embed from Getty Images
The first 45 minutes saw little in the way of clear-cut opportunities for either side; the work ethic was there but the creativity and finishing was not. Maruo Arambarri should’ve put the visitors ahead after four minutes when he broke through the Rayo defence but his shot was smothered by Alberto Garcia in the Getafe goal.
Former Swansea defender Jordi Amat’s knock-down at a Rayo corner was almost latched onto by Álex Gálvez, the midfielder inches away from getting his studs to the ball before it fell into the grateful grasp of David Soria.
Peru’s flying right back, Luis Advíncula was motoring down the right wing at every opportunity but came closest to providing a quality contribution when he cut inside on his left and bent an optimistic, curling effort just wide of the far post.
After a rather mellow first half, tempers flared up a notch when Adri Embarba and Arambarri clashed in mid-air, leaving the former on the floor clutching his face. Another forceful coming together saw Djené flattened by Oscar Trejo moments later.
The hosts almost stumbled across an opener when Embarba’s cross-come-shot clipped off the far post. Soria could only stand and watch as the ball soared over his head from Rayo’s right wing but fortune favoured the Getafe goal and the game remained goalless.
That was until Antunes swung in a cross up the other end and Dimitri Foulquier rose highest to nod Getafe in front via the foot of the post. Sergio Akieme, who was beaten to the header by Foulquier, then inadvertently doubled the visitors’ lead when he converted Sergio Molina’s ball across the goalmouth.Embed from Getty Images
Crosses were the theme of the day as yet another yielded a goal, this time for the hosts, as Raúl De Tomas met Akieme’s ball in from the left with his laces and found the back of the net with a mixture of power and technique. Rayo, currently sitting the in the relegation zone, were desperately trying to snatch a valuable point in the closing minutes but the loss of Trejo to a second yellow card all but ended their attempts.