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2018-2019 Spanish Primera División
  • Raúl de Tomás (32')
  • Mario Suárez (90'+1')

Struggling Rayo Vallecano end Valencia's long unbeaten run

Valencia missed the chance to move into the top four in La Liga as they fell to a surprise 2-0 defeat at struggling Rayo Vallecano after squandering a first-half penalty, ending a run of 17 games without defeat in all competitions.

Valencia beat Real Madrid 2-1 on Wednesday and with fourth-placed Getafe not in action until Sunday, Marcelino's side knew they would move into the top four with victory at Rayo, who had lost eight of their last nine league games.

The visitors earned a penalty midway through the first half but their usually reliable captain Dani Parejo was thwarted from the spot by Rayo goalkeeper Alberto Garcia, and five minutes later top scorer Raul de Thomas put Rayo ahead from close range.

Rayo had squandered the lead in their last two games but clung on to their advantage with the help of more impressive saves from keeper Garcia.

Midfielder Mario Suarez sealed their first league victory since January with a towering header from a corner in added time, giving coach Paco Jemez his first win in three games since re-taking charge of the club last month.

Rayo are still 19th in the standings although the victory took them on to 27 points after 31 games, three short of climbing out of the relegation zone.

Valencia remained in fifth place on 46 points, one behind Getafe who host Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 25 +33 55
2 Real Madrid 25 +29 53
3 Atletico Madrid 25 +10 43
4 Sevilla FC 25 +9 43
5 Getafe 25 +11 42
6 Real Sociedad 24 +11 40
7 Villarreal 25 +8 38
8 Valencia 25 -2 38
9 Granada 25 +1 36
10 Levante 25 -5 32
11 Athletic Bilbao 25 +2 31
12 Osasuna 25 -4 31
13 Real Betis 25 -5 30
14 Alavés 25 -8 30
15 Real Valladolid 25 -6 29
16 Eibar 24 -15 24
17 Celta Vigo 25 -12 24
18 Mallorca 25 -16 22
19 Leganes 25 -19 19
20 Espanyol 25 -22 19