Thursday, June 1, 2023

Rayo continues to dream of Europe and leaves Valladolid touched

He Raywith goals from Raúl de Tomás and Sergio Camelloboth to a pass from Álvaro García, added a victory that boosts you up the rankings and reinforces its European dream at the expense of Valladolidwhich chains its third consecutive defeat and remains only one point above relegation.

Hurt by the win conceded against Elche on the last day, the Madrid team took to the pitch ready to make up for their fans and from the beginning they wanted to be the protagonist with the ball. However, the one who warned first was Valladolid, after three minutes, with a free kick from Monchu that Stole Dimitrievski cleared well with his fists.

Rayo had no problem deploying their usual vertical game and, with the Argentine Oscar Trejo at the controls, he soon became the dominator of the game and possession. In one of those long plays, elaborated with patience, Álvaro García entered the area, picked up a ball at the turn and his cross shot was cleared for a corner by Jordi Masip from his left post.

Just a minute later, in the 20th minute, the Ghanaian central defender Abdul Moomin joined the attack and, after controlling a high crossed ball, finished off his overhead kick over the crossbar, raising the crowd from their seats.

Shortly after Valladolid suffered a setback with the injury of Luis Pérezwho was replaced by Iván Fresneda, and who forced Paulo Pezzolano to make his first substitution midway through the first half, in which his team played at the mercy of Rayo, although without suffering excessively in defence.

Everything changed after the break, two minutes after the restart, when Álvaro García put a measured center from the left at the head of Raúl de Tomás, who finished off a cross on goal inside the area without opposition from the Valladolid center-backs, who left alone. The Madrid striker celebrated in style for being the first goal of the season in his fourteenth game of the course and because he ended a drought that lasted 469 minutes.

The joy could not last long for Rayo because a blunder by Mumin when clearing a ball allowed Canadian Cyle Larin to find a ball that he finished off from point-blank range on the edge of the small area and which Dimitrievski cleared with a good save.

After this action, the game fell into a kind of lethargy that lasted almost thirty minutes and whose tedium was once again broken by Álvaro García, who took advantage of a mistake by Monchu to catch a ball in a three-quarter line, start the race towards the end and put a center back so that Sergio Camello will finish off a goal in the small area.

Three minutes later, when the victory was already savored from the standsValladolid closed the gap. He did it after a corner kick from Iván Sánchez from the left that Sergio León, with a header, finished off cross-bent to the far post.

That goal made Rayo’s fans nervous but not Iraola’s team, who knew how to manage those final minutes calmly so as not to suffer shocks and score a victory that allows them to see sixth place at six points and seventh, which could be Valid for Europe if Real Madrid beat Osasuna in the Copa del Rey final, by just one. Valladolid, on the other hand, is only one point above relegation after chaining their third consecutive defeat.


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