Rayo Vallecano 1-0 Barcelona summary: score, goals, highlights, LaLiga
Rayo Vallecano 1-0 Barcelona: as it happened
Rayo in European places
Rayo Vallecano are fifth after their 1-0 win over Barcelona in Madrid. It has been an excellent start to the season for the newly-promoted strike. Radamel Falcao scored his fourth goal of the season to hand the home side all three points on the night.
Rayo move into 5th place in LaLiga after their win over Barcelona. The Catalan club stay in 9th.
Vallecas is rocking at full-time!
Rayo beat Barcelona for the first time since 2002 thanks to Falcao's first half goal.
FT: Rayo Vallecano 1-0 Barcelona
Rayo beat Barcelona in Vallecas!
Gavi is all alone and fires wide...
He misses from eight yards out...
Aguero hits the side netting with a header. The whole stadium went quiet for 10 seconds but Rayo might just hold on.
Nteka goes all alone and sees his shot blocked. Unai López was wide open on the left.
Catena heads over from a Rayo corner. It remains 1-0!
Busquets plays in Luuk de Jong down the right. Dimitrievski runs off his line, the Dutchman lobs the keeper but his effort hits the top of the net. It wasn't the cleanest strike.
There will be 8 minutes added on at the Estadio de Vallecas!
Nteka heads for the corner. Rayo slow it down and play the ball back to their defence.
In 2002, Rayo beat Barcelona twice in the league. That was the last time they beat the Blaugrana!
Rayo lead through a Falcao strike in the 30th minute. Can they hold out for another home win?
Isi shoots! Eric García blocks!
Rayo are looking to kill the game off. García does really well to anticipate the danger.
Barcelona go with the final throw of the dice.
ON Luuk de Jong
Saveljich picks up a booking for protesting with the referee.
Isi shoots from the edge of the box. It's straight at Ter Stegen.
OFF Óscar Trejo
ON Pathe Ciss
Tonight's goalscorer Falcao goes off to a standing ovation.
Tonight's attendance: 9,340
Dimitrievski dives to his right and stops Memphis' penalty. It's a brilliant stop by the keeper. Rayo are still in front!
Dimitrievski SAVES Memphis' penalty!
Memphis to take...
Memphis goes over after contact by Óscar Valentín.
Penalty for BARCELONA!
If you're just joining us, Rayo are winning 1-0.
Barcelona need a change as they continue to find themselves behind. It looks like Gavi is going to come in.
Fran García is down with blood on his hand. Nico stands on the Rayo player in what does look like an accidental incident.
OFF Santi Comesana
ON Unai Lopez
Alba crosses to Coutinho. The Brazilian shoots from 12 yards like a player playing with no confidence. He hits it first time and sends it well wide.
OFF Sergi Roberto
ON Yusuf Demir
Alba is down for Barcelona and he's in agony. Barca will surely be making a change here. It was an accidental challenge with Isi and looks to be his ankle. Demir is warming up for Barcelona.
Dest lays it off to Aguero on the right-hand side of the box. The Argentine blasts over the Rayo bar. Rayo lead 1-0.
Mateu Lahoz books Coutinho for a foul on Isi. The Brazilian has had better nights!
Huge chance for Barcelona!
Barca go route one, long to Nico who fires his shot wide of the Rayo goal. Great chance for the away team!
We're underway for the second half!
The players are back out on the pitch for the second half.
HT: Rayo 1-0 Barcelona
Rayo lead at the break thanks to Falcao's first half strike. The home side fully deserve to be ahead.
Álvaro García gets past Sergi Roberto on the inside left channel. His left-footed strike is hit well but goes high and wide. More positive play from the home side. Iraola won't want the half-time whistle to come.
Barca have yet to have a shot on target in this first half.
Barcelona's defence is sitting quite deep here. Busquets is playing right in front of them and there's a big gap between their defence and midfield for Rayo to exploit.
Dest misses a sitter for Barca. Memphis does brilliantly down the left and sends in a low cross for Dest, who blasts over from six yards out.
Óscar Trejo is having a super season too. He now has two goals and six assists from midfield this season.
That's Falcao's fourth goal of the season!
Trejo with the assist.
Falcao scores once again and it's another magnificent goal from El Tigre. 1 v 1 with Piqué, he cuts onto his left foot and sends a low strike in off the far posr to put the home side ahead.
Dest, operating in a right-wing role, cuts inside onto his left foot and strikes low but it hits the side-netting.
Trejo picks up a yellow for fouling Nico.
Nico has been impressive in the engine room for Barcelona. It remains 0-0.
The Colombian striker turns on the edge of the box, before unleashing a left-footed strike from 20 yards. Piqué gets in the way and a deflection off the centre-back goes just past Ter Stegen's post and out for a corner.
FALCAO goes close Rayo!
Rayo are playing with a traditional 4-4-2 at home this evening. Their home record is outstanding, with four wins from four so far this season.
Barcelona have completed 121/140 passes in the opening 18 minutes.
Aguero goes past Dimitrievski on the edge of the box and falls over but it's waved on. Barca wanted a penalty but there was no contact in that one.
Chants of "Presa vete ya" (Presa go now) ring around the Estadio de Vallecas. Rayo fans continue to show their frustration with club owner Raúl Martín Presa.
Sergi Roberto whips in a low cross from the right. Saveljich clears for a corner. Rayo clear the resulting corner through Isi.
Sergio Busquets goes for a 50-50 ball with Falcao and the Spain international handles the ball on the way up. Free-kick to the home side.
The ball falls to the Dutchman at the edge of the area after Nico nicked it off Trejo. His snapshot goes wide of the Rayo goal. 0-0
Good play by Rayo down the left sees Fran Garcia cross to the near post. Ter Stegen is out to win the ball.
Nico is playing just ahead of Busquets in midfield for Barcelona. Coutinho is ahead of both.
Trejo tries to lob Ter Stegen from the halfway line but the German shot-stopper catches the lob. Well, that would have been embarrassing for the Barca keeper. It was just like Beckham for Manchester United against Wimbledon all those years ago.
Barcelona have set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Dest is playing high on the right.
Barcelona are playing from right to left as we watch it. Rayo are in their traditional white and red and play from left to right in this first half.
We're underway in Vallecas!
Rayo's impressive home record
Rayo will be looking to record their fifth victory in a row when they face Barcelona, who they currently sit ahead of in the league table.
Kick-off at the Estadio de Vallecas is just over 5 minutes away!
Koeman has named the following eleven for his side's trip to Madrid.
- 1Ter Stegen
- 20Sergi Roberto
- 24Eric Garcia
- 28Nico González
- 2Sergiño Dest
Rayo starting XI
Rayo Vallecano's 11 for the home clash against Barcelona.
- 33Fran Garcia
- 23Óscar Valentín
- 18Álvaro García
Kick-off in Vallecas is just over 20 minutes away!
Barcelona's Gerard Piqué is among those to have shown his support to A-League player Josh Cavallo, who has come out as the first openly gay top-flight footballer in the world.
Adelaide United defender Cavallo made the announcement in a video and open letter on social media on Wednesday.
The news is a historic moment for sporting community and one Cavallo hopes will help others find the courage to follow in his steps.
Cavallo's announcement was met with widespread supporting, with Piqué praising the 21-year-old for making the public announcement.
"I don't have the pleasure to know you personally, but I want to thank you for this step that you take," Piqué posted on Twitter.
"The world of football is far behind and you are helping us move forward."
Rayo currently sit in 8th place in the LaLiga table, just one place and one point ahead of Barcelona, who currently sit in 9th.
Rayo's poor record against Barça
Rayo have lost their last 14 games against Barcelona. Can they stop that run of defeats today?
Barcelona hoping to bounce back from Clásico defeat
Real Madrid's Lucas Vázquez scores his team's second goal during match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou in Barcelona on October 24, 2021.
Photo by Lluis Gene / AFP
Rayo XI vs Barcelona
Andoni Iraola has named his starting eleven for the visit of Ronald Koeman's side.
Radamel Falcao starts in attack for Rayo.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has criticised a group of Barcelona supporters who mobbed Ronald Koeman's car after Sunday's Clásico.
"It is a lack of respect for the person, not for the coach. Koeman is not a coach, he is a person who works as a coach," Ancelotti told the media ahead of Madrid's LaLiga meeting with Osasuna on Wednesday.
"It is not a problem of football, but of society, of rudeness.
"A friend who is also a coach told me that the best life for a coach is when there are no games. It is a beautiful life, we like to train. Criticism is normal, but disrespect is annoying on a personal level.
"When you are a child they teach you, at least to me, if you want to be respected you have to [show] respect."
Barcelona XI vs Rayo
Ronald Koeman has named his starting XI to take on Rayo Vallecano.
Ter Stegen - Dest, Piqué, Eric García, Alba - Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Nico - Coutinho, Aguero, Memphis.
Sergio Aguero starts for Barca after scoring against Real Madrid at the weekend.
Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona
Matchday 11 in LaLiga sees Barcelona travel to the Spanish capital to take on Andoni Iraola's side at the Estadio de Vallecas.
Barcelona thank Josh Cavallo for taking big step forward
Adelaide United defender Josh Cavallo came out as gay on Thursday and has received messages of support and thanks from clubs and players across the world.
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Ansu Fati misses trip to Rayo Vallecano
Ansu Fati has been ruled out of Wednesday’s trip to face Rayo Vallecano due to a knee injury.
The Barcelona forward was taken off with 16 minutes to go in the defeat to Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Sunday after sustaining a knock.
A statement on Barcelona’s official website read: “Ansu Fati has pain in his right knee. He is unavailable for selection and his recovery will dictate his return”.
Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona live: welcome
Hello and welcome to AS USA's live coverage of this LaLiga matchday 11 fixture as Rayo host Barcelona at the Estadio de Vallecas. Kick-off in Madrid is at 13:00 ET / 19:00 CEST.