Transcendental victory that Rayo Vallecano has achieved in the field of Espanyol. One that serves to break a streak of thirteen games without winning (they did not do it since December 2021) and one that helps them to get to seven points from relegation (and with a day still to recover). Iraola’s men came out with less dominance but their direct game after stealing gave them many actions from set pieces. It was precisely from a lateral foul, on the brink of rest, thatwas born Guardiola’s goalwho took advantage of a combing by Catena in the area to score a goal.
After the break, Vicente Moreno opted to bring in Embarba and withdraw Keidi, who was somewhat touched after an action in the first half. However, the change had no effect and the Ray, far from shrinking, grew at the controls of Isi and Álvaro García by the sides. Precisely the utrerano he crashed a ball into the post and Guardiola could have scored his double if it weren’t for Cabrera’s toe. Catena also took a header from RDT In the area. The battering ram did not have his day. The closest he came to goal was a cross shot just before half-time that he kissed the stick on the outside.