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First Division - Day 9

Almería 0 - Rayo Vallecano 1

Almería: Esteban; Nelson (Torsiglieri 46'), Pellerano, Trujillo, Raúl García; Corona (Azeez 60'), Verza; Aleix Vidal (Helder Barbosa 71'), Soriano, Suso; Rodri. 4-2-3-1.
Rayo: Rubén; Tito, Gálvez, Saúl Ñíguez, Arbilla; Trashorras, Adrián González; Lass (Alberto Perea 36'), Iago Falqué (Mojica 65'), Jonathan Viera; Nery Castillo (Larrivey 74'). 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 78. Gálvez. Curled long free kick over defensive wall in to top corner of net.

Yellow cards: Lass 35', Gálvez 44', Saúl 53', 64', Tito 56', Pellerano 88', Soriano 90' / red cards: Saúl 64'.

Rayo Vallecano move two points clear of the drop zone after a 0-1 victory at bottom club Almeria on Sunday afternoon. The locals are still looking for their first win since being promoted, and although Suso brought a good save out of Rubén early on, the rest of the first half belonged to the visitors, with Esteban having to be at his best to keep out Viera, Nery and Lass. Rubén did have to push a Rodri header over the bar shortly before the break, but Iago Falqúe came close to the opener when Esteban got enough on his shot to deflect it on to the post. The pace slowed after the interval, and Rayo were left a man down when Saúl Ñíguez picked up a second booking, the young defender having to be coaxed off the pitch after protesting that he didn't know that he had already been shown a yellow card by Delgado Ferreiro. However a few minutes later Gálvez got what proved to be the winner with a long free kick, leaving local coach Francisco facing a grim future.