Celta de Vigo scored a point at the Vallecas Stadium, where until now Rayo counted all their games for victory, in a duel in which the Madrid team had the best chances, especially in the first half, in which Isi Palazón crashed a ball into a post.
Strengthened emotionally by the victory achieved on the last day against Barcelona, Rayo jumped onto the pitch ready to continue making Vallecas the impregnable fort that it is being this season. For this he took the initiative from the beginning and subjected his rival to high pressure that led him to dominate the entire first half.
The Madrid team recorded five shots on goal in the first forty-five minutes, the most dangerous being a shot from the front by Isi Palazón that crashed into a post and a shot from under by Colombian Radamel Falcao who cleared well to a corner from under Argentine goalkeeper Matías Dituro.
Celta, who played for the first time this season without Iago Aspas in the starting eleven, was not comfortable on the pitch and his game was drawn in bursts with the talent of footballers such as Denis Suárez and Santi Mina, who left injured at 22 minutes and was replaced by Argentine Augusto Solari.
Celta’s only dangerous chance in the first half came in the 38th minute through Brazilian striker Thiago Galhardo, who beat his defender to hit a cross from the right and forced Stole Dimitrievski to make a good save.
The second half began with Rayo dominating and, in a play against it, they again put Dituro to the test, who took a saving hand from a shot by Fran García after a counterattack started by Isi Palazón.
This action served as a wake-up call for Celta, who woke up from his lethargy to gradually gain meters over the rayista area until Brais Méndez found a gap, at 67 minutes, to launch a shot that Dimitrievski cleared with a lot success.
The entry of Iago Aspas and Nolito greatly improved Celta’s offensive capacity, which in the final minutes multiplied its approaches to Rayo’s goal, although with more intention than success due to the lack of depth.
With the tie, Rayo left the first points of the season in their stadium after registering five victories in the five previous games.
0 – Rayo Vallecano: Dimitrievski; Balliú, Maras, Catena, Fran García; Isi Palazón (Nteka, m.73), Comesaña, Valentín (Pathé Ciss, m.86), Álvaro (Sergi Guardiola, m.86); Unai López (Trejo, m.62); and Falcao (Baby, m.73).
0 – Celta de Vigo: Dituro, Kevin, Araújo, Murillo, Javi Galán (Nolito, m.60); Tapia, Beltrán (Fontán, m.60), Brais Méndez, Denis Suárez (Iago Aspas, m.79); Galhardo (Okay, m.79) and Santi Mina (Solari, m.22).
Referee: Adrián Cordero Vega (Cantabrian Committee). He admonished Valentín (m.65), Isi (69) and Iraola (90) from Rayo; and Javi Galán (m.45), Solari (51), Brais Méndez (69), Fontán (70), Tapia (80), from Celta.
Incidents: match corresponding to matchday 12 of the Santander League played at the Vallecas stadium in Madrid before 10,000 spectators.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.