Valencia: Diego Alves; Barragán, Rami
(Cissokho 74'), Ricardo Costa, Guardado; Banega, Tino Costa; Feghouli, Jonas
(Bernat 62'), Piatti Dani Parejo 46); Soldado. 4-2-3-1.
Rayo: Cobeño (Rubén 66'); Tito (Nacho 78'), Gálvez, Jordi Amat, Casado; Adrián González, Trashorras; Franco Vázquez (Lass 63'), Chori Domínguez, Piti; Leo Baptistao. 4-2-3-1.
0-1. 83. Chori Domínguez (penalty). After Tino Costa fouled Trashorras in area.
Yellow cards: Franco Vázquez 16', Piti 21', Jordi Amat 43', Casado 56', Rubén 76', Tino Costa 82', Dani Parejo 87'.
Valencia were beaten 0-1 by Rayo Vallecano in their Mestalla stadium on Sunday afternoon, a first defeat for new coach Ernesto Valverde since taking over from Pellegrino a couple of weeks ago. The Ches were the better team in the first half, with Piatti, Rami, Jonas, Guardado and Ricardo Costa all going close. Rayo replied with a couple of dangerous free kicks by Trashorras and Chori Domínguez, but after the interval Cobeño had to be at his best to keep out Tino Costa and Jonas, the keeper injuring himself in an action in the goalmouth and having to be replaced by Rubén. Gradually though Valencia ran out of steam, and with ten minutes to go a shot by Trashorras was deflected just wide of the post. And just three minutes later Tino Costa gave away an unnecessary penalty on Trashorras, Chori Domínguez stepping up to fire home the resulting spot kick against his old club. A much needed win for Rayo after two defeats in a row, and they move above their hosts to ninth in the table.