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First Division - Day 38

Rayo Vallecano 1 - Granada 0

Rayo: Cobeño; Tito, Labaka, Arribas (Tamudo 75'), Casado; Movilla (Trashorras 57'), Javi Fuego; Piti, Michu, Armenteros (Lass 71'); Diego Costa. 4-2-3-1.
Granada: Julio César; Nyom, Iñigo López, Borja Gómez, David Cortés; Lucena, Mikel Rico; Uche (Abel Gómez 87'), Carlos Martins, Franco Jara; Ighalo. 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 90. Tamudo. Header from close to goal after Michu's shot came back off bar.

Yellow cards: Casado 19', Iñigo López 31', Borja 57', Julio César 72', David Cortés 88', Tamudo 91', Piti 92'.

Rayo Vallecano and Granada both escaped the drop after a thrilling last day of the season. The first half of the match was fairly even, Ighalo testing Cobeño a couple of times and Uche and Martins going close, and Armenteros and Michu both failing to find the target at the other end. However when Zaragoza scored early in the second half, Rayo were then in the relegation spots, and after six defeats in a row things were looking grim. Diego Costa brought a couple of saves out of Julio César either side of half time, and Jara fired a shot in to the stands when free on goal. But then news came in that Villarreal were losing, the visitors eased off, knowing that if things stayed as they were they were safe whatever the result. And with the game in the last minute of ordinary time Michu poked a shot against the crossbar, and Tamudo was there (albeit in a more than likely offside position) to head the rebound back in to the net. If Villarreal could have saved a point then Granada would still have gone down instead, but it was not to be, and both teams celebrated after the final whistle.