First Division - Day 18

Rayo Vallecano 0 - Valladolid 1

Rayo: Segura; Mario, De Quintana, Mainz (Bolo 57'), Dorado; Onopko, Azkoitia (Marqués 70'); Peragón (Julio Alvarez 81'), Quevedo, Michel; Bolic. 4-2-3-1.
Valladolid: Bizzarri; Torres Gómez, Gaspar, Mario, Marcos; Colsa, Jesús; Fernando Sales (Caminero 90'), Oscar González, Chema (Sousa 73'); Aganzo (Pachón 78'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Rayo: Segura, Dorado, Onopko, Peragón, Quevedo for Etxeberria, Graff, Helder, Julio Alvarez, Mora / Valladolid: Mario, Chema for Peña, Olivera.

0-1. 09. Oscar González. Far post header after Fernando Sales crossed from left.

Rayo Vallecano's Fernando Vázquez lost his job after his side suffered their third home defeat in a row, losing 0-1 to Valladolid. The manager had survived by the skin of his teeth a month ago after a string of bad results, but this time lady president Teresa Rivero didn't hesitate, and the day following the game she announced that he had been fired, with Oscar Ruggeri and Gustavo Benítez favourites to take over.

Vázquez made five changes to his side in an attempt to stop the rot, including the position of goalkeeper where Segura came in for his first game of the season in place of Imanol Etxeberría. It didn't make much difference though, as a Valladolid side looking to recover from their midweek cup defeat bounced back to take the lead in the ninth minute, Fernando Vázquez winning the ball down the left wing and crossing in for Oscar González to beat the keeper with a well placed header.

After that Rayo did their best, with Bolic and Michel going close before the break, and Bolic failing to finish off after an incredible run by Michel in the second half. Michel got the ball in the net only to see it ruled out for a previous foul, and Peragón was booked for diving when he went down in the area. In the end though the points went to the visitors, who move up to ninth place in the table. Vázquez paid the price of failure, his now former side now languishing in eighteenth place and heading downwards.