2021-22 LaLiga
  • Radamel Falcao (30')

Barcelona loses to Rayo on Falcao goal, prompts Ronald Koeman firing

Barcelona's misery continues with loss at Rayo Vallecano (2:56)

Days after Barcelona's loss in El Clasico, Memphis Depay misses a penalty kick as Radamel Falcao scores the winner for Rayo Vallecano. (2:56)

Barcelona have suffered back-to-back defeats in LaLiga as they slumped to a 1-0 loss at Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday, which prompted the firing of Ronald Koeman as coach after the result.

The defeat -- Barca's third of the season -- comes just days after they had been beaten 2-1 against Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday.

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Striker Radamel Falcao fired Rayo into the lead on 30 minutes after a frantic start, the 35-year-old picking the ball up on a quick breakaway before slotting past goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Barca dominated possession but struggled to mount attacking pressure for much of the match -- the side's first shot on target came on 71 minutes when Memphis Depay stepped up to take a penalty, but Rayo goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski saved the attempt.

"The game that we lost today is not down to attitude, not how we played because no other team created as many chances against them. So it's a question of not scoring. I can't say anything else," Koeman said after the match, hours before his firing.

Barca had a flurry of late chances to get back into the game. The first came in the final two minutes of stoppage time as striker Sergio Aguero headed wide from a Sergino Dest cross. Teenage midfielder Gavi, who had come off the bench to replace Philippe Coutinho, then mishit a volley from just inside the box moments later as Rayo secured the first win over Barca since 2002.

"I'm really emotional right now. It's my first win against Barcelona after playing four times against them [with Atletico]," a tearful Falcao told reporters.

"Seeing the fans singing, the joy that they are having in the stands, it's humbling and satisfying."

The Catalan side sit in ninth place in LaLiga, and next face Alaves at Camp Nou on Saturday.

Spanish LaLiga Standings

1 Barcelona 18 +31 47
2 Real Madrid 18 +22 42
3 Real Sociedad 19 +10 39
4 Atletico Madrid 19 +12 34
5 Villarreal 19 +7 31
6 Real Betis 18 +6 31
7 Rayo Vallecano 19 +3 29
8 Osasuna 19 0 28
9 Athletic Club 19 +5 26
10 Mallorca 19 -3 25
11 Almería 19 -6 22
12 Girona 19 -3 21
13 Sevilla 19 -5 21
14 Valencia 18 +4 20
15 Espanyol 19 -6 20
16 Celta Vigo 19 -11 20
17 Real Valladolid 19 -14 20
18 Cádiz 19 -15 19
19 Getafe 19 -10 17
20 Elche 19 -27 6