Victory of Rayo Vallecano in a match with one expulsion per side
Eleven against eleven Diego Martínez’s team was superior; ten against ten Iraola dominated
The illusion cracked on the second day. Espanyol received a harsh dose of reality in the second official presentation of the Diego Martínez project, losing 0-2 against Andoni Iraola’s always solid Rayo Vallecano, thus reaping his fifth consecutive win against the parakeets and another good result in the city of Barcelona. Errors and little consistency penalized dearly on this occasion.
Lecomte; EITHER. Gil, Sergi Gómez, Cabrera, Oliván (Koleosho, 77′); Darder, Vini Souza, Edu Expósito (K. Bare, 77′); R. Sánchez (Puado, 64′) Joselu, Melamed (Calero, 35′).
Dimitrievsky; Balliu, Lejeune, Catena, Fran Garcia; Unai López (Hernández, 85′), Ciss; Isi Palazón (Valentín, 57′), Trejo (Salvi, 58′), Álvaro (Nteka, 85′); Camel (Falcao, 74′).
0-1 M. 40 Isi Palazon. 0-2 M. 59 Ciss.
Figueroa Vázquez (Andalusian). TA: Oh. Gil (6′), Oliván (45′) / Trejo (36′), Valentín (66′). TR: Sergi Gómez (30′) / Lejeune (2A, 17′).
Matchday 2. RCDE Stadium. 16,071 spectators.
The sensations of the team on the first day in Vigo had perhaps not been the brightest in terms of football, but it made it clear the heart that Diego Martínez imprinted on his team, fighting until the end for each ball. And so they came out before the people of Madrid at their home premiere, trying to bite near Dimitrievski’s goal in the pressure after loss, although with little clarity to score.
And it seemed that the work was going to be easier after the quarter of an hour thanks to a typing error. Lejeune, booked at 14′ for knocking down an opponent and again at 16′ for elbowing Joselu in the face during a jump. Figueroa Vázquez did not forgive him, showing him the fatal traffic light resulting in red and expulsion for the Frenchman. Iraola was left with ten men just beginning the duel.
But it was not going to be of much use to a Espanyol team that also wanted to sabotage itself. Sergi Gómez, specifically, was in charge of throwing overboard the plans of numerical superiority, hitting Camello with treachery in an isolated play that the VAR reviewed to end leaving Martinez’s men with tenwho would also see how their goal fell minutes later.
The second life that Rayo took on was enough for Iraola’s men to open the light at the RCDE Stadium. Isi Palazón took advantage of a free kick in the front to combine with Unai Simón, receive short and shoot left-handed at a very difficult angle, but not impossible for sneak it into Benjamin Lecomte’s goalwho tried the stretch but could not save the Rayista 0-1.
In the second part, despite the efforts of the Catalan team crashing balls into the posts with the entry of Javi Puado, the one who repeated the dose was Rayorelying on a great play by Álvaro down the left wing to finish off the job with Pathe Ciss’s goalwhich sentenced the match with the victory of the people from the capital and the bitter defeat in the first Blue and White presentation at home.
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