Las Palmas, with goals from Alberto Moleiro in the first part and Javi Muñoz in the second, won in Vallecas (0-2) and approached Europe, leaving Rayo and its coach in a precarious situation. Francisco Rodríguez has not celebrated a victory at home since September 15, 2023, more than four months ago.
After the failure of the elimination of the Cup, a competition in which they put a lot of hope, Rayo returned to Vallecas ready to give joy to their fans against one of the revelations of the Liga, UD Las Palmas, who was growing daily with the board of Francisco Javier García Pimienta.
The first warning of the game came eight minutes from Rayo with a free-kick from French center-back Florian Lejeune that was denied by Álvaro Vallés and that Álvaro García, on the rebound, collected for a cross shot, brushing the post away from the Canarian goal.
Shortly after, Álvaro Vallés saved his team again with a game that also represents a wake-up call for the Canarian team, who immediately changed their proposal to start playing in the midfield with Javi Muñoz and Máximo Perrone and start to surround the opponent.
This development of Las Palmas was translated into the first dangerous procedure in 21 minutes, with a long shot by Alex Suárez forcing Stole Dimitrievski to dive in to abort the goal.
The same protagonist, Dimitrievski, and his teammate Lejeune favored the Las Palmas goal before the break in a bad game. Lejeune faithfully gave way to Dimitrievski, and the Macedonian goalkeeper pressed, cleared badly, left the ball inside the area, and Alberto Moleiro finished unopposed behind the net.
The goal was a splash of cold water for Rayo, who had the usual doubts and began to think about the break to try to refresh their ideas against an opponent that, with the movement of Munir and Sandro Ramírez, did him a lot of damage.
In the second half, Rayo improved their offensive performance, encouraged by their fans, who did not stop singing throughout the match. Although their attack became predictable in many moments, with only a few quick actions by Isi and Álvaro, joined by Oscar Trejo and Sergio Camello, they raised the audience from their seats.
On the other hand, Las Palmas continued to do their thing and managed to extend their lead in the 62nd minute with a shot by Javi Muñoz that was well saved by Dimitrievski, who supported his team at times.
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The weight of the game, until the end, was carried by the Madrid team, forced by their urgency, without the Canarian team having to exceed it to stop them. So Francisco Rodríguez, Rayo coach, decided to put Radamel Falcao in 75 minutes in search of greater movement in the attack.
Las Palmas ended the game with eight minutes left in the ninety with a cross from Sergi Cardona in the center of the area. Javi Muoz, stretching his right leg, crossed in front of Dimitrievsky.
The goal is the trigger. That’s why many fans, angry with the game of their team, went to the exit door of the Vallecas stadium, where Las Palmas came out victorious, because in the past many teams also won because Rayo did not celebrate the home league win since. more than four months ago.