Rayo: Cristian Alvarez; Quini, Amaya, Abdoulaye Ba (Jozabed 62‘), Insúa; Raúl Baena (Manucho 60’), Trashorras; Javier Aquino (Alex Moreno 81’), Alberto Bueno, Kakuta; Leo Baptistao. 4-2-3-1.
Sevilla: Beto; Coke, Nico Pareja, Carriço, Diogo Figueiras; Krychowiak (Arribas 72‘), M’bia; Reyes (Aleix Vidal 62‘), Banega, Vitolo; Bacca (Gameiro 82‘). 4-2-3-1.
0-1. 08. Bacca. Ran ball in to empty net after Parejo pass bounced past defence.
Yellow cards: Trashorras 15’, Krychowiak 30’, Raúl Baena 33’, Abdoulaye 36’, Vitolo 36’, Nico Pareja 40’, Banega 65’, Manucho 73’, Carriço 75’, 87’, Bacca 82’, Beto 93’ / red cards: Carriço 87’.
Sevilla stay in fourth spot, still three points behind Atlético Madrid, after they beat Rayo Vallecano 0-1 in this Sunday’s mid-day kick-off. The only goal came early on following a long punt upfield by Nico Pareja, Bacca just getting his head to the bounce to take the ball over Cristian Alvarez, and then running it in to the empty net. Vitolo almost repeated the act a few minutes later, this time the keeper catching his attempted lob, and Rayo replied with a Kakuta free kick which Beto dealt with comfortably. After the interval Paco Jémez went for broke, Leo Baptistao shooting just wide and Beto closing down Kakuta as he lined up to shoot. However that left Rayo short at the back, and Coke, Vitolo and Banega could all have taken advantage on quick counter-attacks later on. The Andalusians were left with ten men when Carriço picked up a second booking with three minutes to go, but even with Alvarez joining the attack there was no way through.