First Division - Day 31

Rayo Vallecano 0 - Espanyol 3

Rayo: Segura; Mauro, De Quintana, Quevedo (Corino 68'), Graff; Iriney (Bolo 83'), Mora; Peragón, Michel, Camuñas (Luis Cembranos 57'); Bolic. 4-2-3-1.
Espanyol: Toni; Marc Bertrán, Torricelli, Lopo, Soldevilla, David García; Maxi (Morales 80'), Domoraud, Alex Fernández (Martín Posse 60'), Roger (De la Peña 70'); Milosevic. 5-4-1.

Team changes: Rayo: Mauro, Mora, Camuñas, Bolic for Corino, Azkoitia, Luis Cembranos, Bolo / Espanyol: Marc Bertrán, Alex Fernández, Milosevic for De la Peña, Oscar, Tamudo.

0-1. 37. Milosevic. Following up after keeper pushed out Maxi's shot.
0-2. 47. Milosevic. Ran on to Maxi's pass to lob ball over Segura.
0-3. 55. Roger. Caught keeper off his line with long shot from just inside own half.

Espanyol climbed further away from the bottom spots after beating Rayo Vallecano 0-3, their first away win in six months. In the absence of the injured Tamudo, Milosevic stepped in to take over his mantel and score a goal either side of half time. It took them some time to get going though and Rayo, with Iriondo in charge for the first time in Vallecas, had looked the better side with Michel playing in a more central attacking role. Maxi brought a good save out of Segura though on the half hour mark, and a few minutes later he set up the opening goal, the keeper only able to parry his shot into the path of Milosevic.

Two minutes after the restart the pair combined, Maxi receiving a headed pass from midfield and touching the ball across for the Yugoslav striker to lob the keeper. The best was yet to come though, Roger scoring Espanyol's third with a shot from inside his own half, bringing the home side crowd to their feet in applause. Maxi and De la Peña could have added to the score if their efforts had been more on target, but Espanyol had done more than enough to keep up their eight game unbeaten record and move three points clear of the drop zone. Rayo are in deep trouble six points off safety, and fans called for the resignation of president Teresa Rivero and her husband José María Ruiz Mateos. They said they might oblige if things stay as they are.