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First Division - Day 33

Espanyol 2 - Rayo Vallecano 2

Espanyol: Casilla; Javi López, Colotto, Sidnei, Fuentes; Víctor Sánchez, David López (Alex Fernández 76’); Stuani, Pizzi (Córdoba 59’), Simao (Lanzarote 59’), Sergio García. 4-2-3-1.
Rayo: Rubén; Arbilla, Zé Castro, Borja López, Nacho; Saúl Ñíguez, Trashorras; Rochina (Lass 76’), Alberto Bueno, Iago Falqué (Seba Fernández 89’); Larrivey. 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 03. Stuani. Slid ball in to net from close up after Pizzi crossed from right of area.
1-1. 43. Iago Falqué. Picked up Alberto Bueno pass and fired shot wide of Casilla.
1-2. 50. Larrivey. Got above his marker to head long Nacho centre past keeper.
2-2. 88. Colotto. Header past Rubén from close to goal following Lanzarote corner.

Yellow cards:Zé Castro 28’, Rubén 64’, Trashorras 89’, Sidnei 90’ .

Espanyol ended the weekend ten points off seventh place after they drew 2-2 against Rayo Vallecano, and their hopes of a return to Europe have all but dissipated. Stuani gave the Catalans a third minute lead, sliding the ball past Rubén after Sergio García and Pizzi combined to set him up, and Sergio García felt he should have had a penalty when Zé Castro brought him down in the area later on in the first half. Rayo turned the scoreline around though with goals either side of half time, Iago Falqué latching on to Alberto Bueno’s square pass to beat Casilla, and Larrivey heading a long cross by Nacho past the advancing keeper. Casilla did well to keep out a couple of shots by Rochina after that, and Bueno got the ball in the net only for it to be ruled out for offside. But with the game coming to end Colotto headed in a Lanzarote corner to save a point, keeping his team four points above their opponents in the table.