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Category: Rayo Vallecano

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Two down and one to go in La Liga as five battle to avoid the drop | Sid Lowe

Rayo Vallecano and Huesca have been relegated leaving Girona, Valladolid, Levante, Villarreal and Celta Vigo fighting to stay upIn the sunshine in the far corner, Rayo Vallecano’s supporters put their arms around each others’ shoulders and sang. At whi…

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Huesca and Rayo drag each other towards hell in theatre of the absurd | Sid Lowe

A frantic Russian roulette-style finale created madcap drama but the worst possible result for the relegation rivalsWith time and hope slipping away, the game changed. “There was nothing else for it,” said the Rayo Vallecano coach Paco Jémez, “so you g…

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European roundup: Messi hits hat-trick for Barcelona; Bayern Munich win

• Argentinian scores three as Barcelona beat Sevilla 4-2• Bayern go level on points with Borussia DortmundLionel Messi scored his 50th career hat-trick to fire Barcelona to a 4-2 win at Sevilla on Saturday after the champions had twice fallen behind, g…

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European roundup: Benzema gives Real Madrid win amid Bernabeu boos

• Real Madrid fans unhappy despite 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano• Serge Gnabry stars as Bayern Munich beat Hannover 4-0Real Madrid edged a 1-0 win over minnows Rayo Vallecano, earning a third consecutive La Liga victory and rising to third in the table, …

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Six teams, 11 hours, nine goals, and the ghost haunting a Saturday in Madrid

Barcelona finally shrugged off the ghost of Butarque but Atlético and Real had their own battles as La Liga’s threads all came together in Madrid“The Ghost of Butarque: that’s a good name for a novel,” Ernesto Valverde said. It was coming up to midnigh…

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Six teams, 11 hours, nine goals, and the ghost haunting a Saturday in Madrid

Barcelona finally shrugged off the ghost of Butarque but Atlético and Real had their own battles as La Liga’s threads all came together in Madrid“The Ghost of Butarque: that’s a good name for a novel,” Ernesto Valverde said. It was coming up to midnigh…

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Barcelona’s late comeback denies Rayo, Bayern Munich held by Freiburg

• Barcelona 2-1 down before Dembélé and Suárez goals• Dortmund extend Bundesliga lead with Wolfsburg winBarcelona stunned Rayo Vallecano with two late goals to come from behind and win 3-2, extending their La Liga lead in dramatic fashion.The Spanish c…

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Juventus win but no goal for Cristiano Ronaldo while Real Madrid hit four

• Karim Benzema scores twice as Real beat Leganés• Juventus maintain 100% start with 2-1 win over ParmaKarim Benzema scored twice as Real Madrid maintained their perfect start to the La Liga season with a 4-1 victory over Leganés at the Bernabéu. After…

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Nicolas Anelka’s return to the game with Roda raises wider political questions | Louise Taylor

Former France forward is not the first footballer to attract added scrutiny for his views on the world, a pattern which has been recently been repeated in the Bundesliga and La Liga

The ears of the club official sharpened when, unusually, the talk near the back of the plane turned to politics. A Premier League team were flying to the south coast and a senior midfielder had begun discussing Britain’s vexed relationship with Europe when a young player behind him inquired: “What’s the EU?”

Cue considerable hilarity, along with a vague sense of relief on the official’s part that football remained a largely current affairs-free zone, somehow sealed off from the wider geo-political issues of the day.

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Atlético’s traffic control system proves decisive with Gabi at the wheel | Sid Lowe

Who was giving and receiving orders was not clear but switching the Atlético captain to the Diego Simeone-less bench after half-time was a masterstroke

Just before every game at the Vicente Calderón, high in the main stand where you can see the Almudena cathedral as well as you can see the players, they helpfully hand out two team sheets with the day’s line-ups: one for the pitch and one for the palco, the directors’ box where everybody’s called Don and everything goes on.

Including, this weekend, the decision that might have changed their destiny. It helps to know that Óliver Torres is in and Fernando Torres isn’t, after all; that Jesús Gámez starts at the back and Antoine Griezmann starts on the bench; that joining the presidents of Atlético Madrid and Rayo Vallecano is a secretary of state for something or other; and that the ambassadors are here from Romania, Albania and Belgium.

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Antoine Griezmann fires Atlético Madrid to timely defeat of Rayo Vallecano

Antoine Griezmann scored just moments after coming off the substitutes bench at the Vicente Calderón to hand Atlético Madrid a vital 1-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano.

Atlético moved briefly to the top of La Liga on 85 points, one more than Real Madrid, who had earlier beaten Real Sociedad 1-0 thanks to Gareth Bale’s 19th goal of the season. Barcelona’s subsequent 2-0 defeat of Real Betis meant they then had to share the summit with the Catalans, albeit with a vastly inferior goal difference.

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Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale scores late winner against Rayo Vallecano

Gareth Bale scored twice as Real Madrid overcame a two-goal deficit to keep the pressure on the Spanish league’s frontrunners with a 3-2 win at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

Already without injured Cristiano Ronaldo, Madrid lost Karim Benzema near the end of the first half, three days before their Champions League semi-final first leg at Manchester City.

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Barcelona win at Rayo to set Spanish record of 35 matches undefeated

Barcelona set a Spanish record of 35 matches unbeaten in all competitions with a 5-1 win at nine-man Rayo Vallecano in La Liga as Lionel Messi scored his 35th hat-trick.

Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring, Messi caught up with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo on 35 trebles in all competitions and Arda Turan completed the rout, with Turkey’s captain scoring his first goal for the club since joining from Atlético Madrid.

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Rayo Vallecano v Barcelona: La Liga – live!

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So here we go, Spain’s best possession-hogging football team against Spain’s second-best possession-hogging football team. Rayo Vallecano are so comfortable on the ball, they went to Camp Nou earlier this season and had 56.6% of possession. Sure, they still lost 5-2, but still. And only Barcelona and Real Madrid have had more shots this season than Rayo, who have attempted to score on 264 occasions.

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Simon will be here shortly. In the meantime, why not have a read of Sid Lowe’s blog on last weekend’s action, and what Real Madrid might learn from Atlético?

The first time they met, Antoine Griezmann left Zinedine Zidane standing in his pants; the second time, he left Zidane’s players even more exposed, stripped bare before the Bernabéu. Not just them, in fact: coach, players, president, club, the lot. It is a little over a decade since young Antoine, a hopeful kid at Real Sociedad, asked Zidane for his shorts after a game at Anoeta, the pair retiring to the tunnel so they could be handed over. Ten years on, Antoine, the top scorer at Atlético Madrid and responsible for more than a third of their goals, turned superbly, dashed across the turf, exchanged passes with Filipe Luís and curled in the goal that inflicted on Zidane the coach his first defeat in charge of Real Madrid.

The way it arrived was a portrait of his talent and Real’s failings, players ambling aimlessly as Griezmann ran, the entire stadium watching the pass to Filipe Luís open up as if in slow motion, while the finish and its consequences revealed their nakedness. Suddenly, it was all out there, uncovered: the errors, the divisions, the flimsiness of the facade. Blame was apportioned, fingers pointed. At the end, Real’s anthem was put on as quickly as it could be and as loudly too, barely a second between the final whistle and the deafening first bar, but the complaints could still be heard and so could chants for the president, Florentino Pérez, to resign – 10 years to the day since the last time he walked out.

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With Rayo OKC, La Liga club throws hat in American soccer ring

With the inception of Rayo OKC, Madrid’s Rayo Vallecano becomes the first La Liga club to be a majority owner of a pro soccer team in the US. Will it work?

When making a list of places to turn to for investment in a second-tier American soccer team, one might think that the options would be limited to the local area. It could be a wealthy businessman or woman with an outside interest in the sport, for example. Or perhaps a sports agent from the city or state, their deep ties and a vested interest in soccer the primary reason for their potential involvement.

Thanks to a friend-of-a-friend discussion, though, next season will see an Oklahoman team compete in the North American Soccer League with Spanish backing. Rayo OKC, who are funded by the owner of La Liga’s Rayo Vallecano and an individual from Oklahoma City, will take the field in April. Their moniker, badge – and possibly yet-to-be-released kit – will all be tied to their majority owners from Spain.

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Boos kickstart Gary Neville’s Valencia but league win remains elusive | Sid Lowe

A dismal first half showing against Rayo Vallecano caused fan disquiet but despite a stirring response the manager’s La Liga record is four points from 18

Valencia’s fans were completely bloody sick of this. They’d been whistling for a while but mostly there had been quiet, frustrated resignation. Out on the pitch, things was getting worse though, the anger slowly rising inside them, and with four minutes to go until half-time against Rayo Vallecano they broke into song. A few of them at first, then more of Mestalla. “Hasta los huevos!,” they sang, “Estamos hasta los huevos!.” It means: we’ve had it up to here, “here” being their balls, and it wasn’t really surprising. This wasn’t the way it was supposed to be, but the suspicion clawed at them: maybe this is the way it is. And they weren’t going to accept it. Nor was their manager.

Related: Luis Suárez hat-trick helps Barcelona to beat Athletic Bilbao 6-0

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Gary Neville sees positives as Valencia rescue late point against Rayo

Paco Alcácer’s late equaliser saved Gary Neville’s blushes by earning a haphazard Valencia a 2-2 home draw with relegation-threatened Rayo Vallecano.

Rayo took a 15th-minute lead through Jozabed but early in the second half Álvaro Negredo scored a stunning goal from 50 yards to give Valencia an equaliser they barely deserved, only for Diego Llorente to restore the visitors’ lead on 69 minutes.

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Valencia v Rayo Vallecano: La Liga – live!

10.29am GMT

Sunday League football: corner flags that won’t stay straight, goalmouths an subsequent scrambles that resemble something from the Somme, tricky wingers that turn up with smoking a cigarette, wonderfully overweight and overzealous midfield generals letting them know that they are there. In the first five minutes, no doubt. What a wonderful, wonderful time to be alive.

Of course, this particular match that is about to be MBM’d to within an inch of its life is more La Liga that Sunday League, and whilst there (probably) won’t be a break in play for a stray dog that wanders off his lead onto a boggy Mestella pitch, it has certainly been heavy going for Gary Neville since joining Valencia, in La Liga at least.

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Real Madrid’s 10-2 win made me feel abused, says Rayo Vallecano manager

• Paco Jémez distraught at heavy defeat, in which Gareth Bale scored four times
• ‘Doesn’t benefit Madrid, or us or Spanish football. We’ve lost a lot of credibility’

The Rayo Vallecano manager, Paco Jémez, has claimed the 10-2 defeat to Real Madrid on Sunday has left his side feeling “abused” and that it represents a damning result for Spanish football in general.

Related: Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale hits four in 10-2 rout of nine-man Rayo Vallecano

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Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale bags four in 10-2 rout of nine-man Rayo Vallecano

Real Madrid closed to within two points of the La Liga pacesetters Barcelona and Atlético Madrid after Gareth Bale helped himself to his first four-goal haul in a 10-2 demolition of nine-man Rayo Vallecano. Related: Lionel Messi and Luis Su&aacu…