Rayo Vallecano 1-0 Barcelona: Ronald Koeman beneath extra strain after defeat

Memphis Depay has missed 9 of his 36 penalties together with shootouts

Memphis Depay missed a penalty as Barcelona misplaced at Rayo Vallecano to extend the strain on Ronald Koeman.

Barca, defeated 2-1 at house to Actual Madrid on Sunday, are ninth in La Liga.

Oscar Trejo gained the ball from Sergio Busquets and fed veteran striker Radamel Falcao, who completed by way of the within of the put up for the one purpose.

The guests gained a penalty when Oscar Valentin fouled Depay however his spot-kick was properly saved by Stole Dimitrievski, who additionally smothered the rebound properly.

It’s the first time since September 1987 that Barca have misplaced three away video games in a row with out scoring – a run that noticed English supervisor Terry Venables sacked.

Barca boss Koeman – whose automobile was surrounded by offended followers after dropping El Clasico – admitted earlier than this sport his aspect “can’t afford back-to-back losses”.

Trejo, maybe sensing Barcelona’s fragile psychological state, tried to attain from the midway line within the third minute however his shot was saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Barca had been uninspired but once more, with Depay’s penalty their solely shot on the right track.

Luuk de Jong’s chip, Sergio Aguero’s header and Gavi’s scuffed shot had been off track late on.

That is their fifth defeat of the season in all competitions they usually sit six factors behind leaders Sevilla and Actual Sociedad.

Rayo – who’ve gained all 5 house video games this season – rise to fifth, above metropolis rivals and champions Atletico Madrid.

Line-ups

Rayo Vallecano

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Dimitrievski
  • 20Balliu
  • 24SaveljichBooked at 83mins
  • 5Catena
  • 33García Torres
  • 23ValentínSubstituted forSuárezat 90+2′minutes
  • 6ComesañaSubstituted forLópezat 63′minutes
  • 7Palazón
  • 8TrejoBooked at 24minsSubstituted forCissat 76′minutes
  • 18García Rivera
  • 3FalcaoSubstituted forNtekaat 76′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Zidane
  • 2Maras
  • 4Suárez
  • 9Nteka
  • 10Dias Correia
  • 11Martín
  • 12López
  • 16Guardiola Navarro
  • 19Rodrigues
  • 21Ciss
  • 22Pozo
  • 32Hernández

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20RobertoSubstituted forDemirat 60′minutes
  • 3PiquéBooked at 66mins
  • 24García
  • 18Alba
  • 28González IglesiasSubstituted forde Jongat 84′minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 14CoutinhoBooked at 52minsSubstituted forPaez Gaviriaat 74′minutes
  • 2Dest
  • 19Agüero
  • 9Depay

Substitutes

  • 6Puig Martí
  • 11Demir
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 15Lenglet
  • 17de Jong
  • 22Mingueza
  • 23Umtiti
  • 26Peña Sotorres
  • 30Paez Gaviria
  • 31Balde Martínez

Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz

Attendance:
9,340

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