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First Division - Day 21

Rayo Vallecano 1 - Deportivo 2

Rayo: Toño; Tito, Zé Castro, Abdoulaye Ba (Pozuelo 73‘), Emiliano Insúa; Raúl Baena, Trashorras; Javier Aquino (Adri Embarba 76‘), Alberto Bueno, Kakuta; Leo Baptistao (Manucho 62‘). 4-2-3-1.
Deportivo: Fabricio; Juanfran, Lopo, Sidnei (Pablo Insúa 90‘), Luisinho; Alex Bergantiños, Celso Borges; José Rodríguez, Lucas Pérez (Isaac Cuenca 66‘), Cavaleiro; Oriol Riera (Juan Domínguez 79’). 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 10. Borges. Deflected ball into net after Toño pushed out Cavaleiro free kick.
1-1. 22. Alberto Bueno. Controlled Trashorras centre and poked shot past Fabricio.
1-2. 72. Borges (penalty). After Abdoulaye pulled down Sidnei inside the area.

Yellow cards: Zé Castro 30’, Trashorras 30’, José Rodríguez 39’, Laure 51’, Sidnei 51’, Lucas Pérez 59’, Abdoulaye 71’, Pablo Insúa 91’, Raúl Baena 94’, Toño 95’.

Deportivo moved five points clear of the relegation zone pending the rest of the weekend results after a 1-2 victory at Rayo Vallecano on Friday night. The locals needed a win after three home defeats in a row, and Leo Baptistao brought a good save out of Fabricio in the opening minutes. With just over ten minutes gone however the visitors went ahead, new signing Celso Borges deflecting the ball into the net after Toño pushed out a wide Cavaleiro free kick. Alberto Bueno made it all square midway through the first half after Lopo could only head a long Trashorras centre into his path, but Toño had to be at his best to keep out José Rodríguez and Borges before the break. Cavaleiro hit the crossbar with another wide free kick soon after the restart, and Kakuta got the ball into the net from his free kick only for the referee to rule it out deeming that the offside Trashorras had interfered with play. Fabiano did well to stop Bueno from point blank range a few minutes later, but with twenty minutes to go Borges got the winner from the penalty spot after Abdoulaye Ba pulled down Sidnei in the area.