Barcelona missed the opportunity to move away from the Spanish Football League, and fell to its guest, Rayo Vallecano, 0/1, today, Sunday, in the thirty-third stage of the competition.
Vallecano owes this victory to Alvaro Garcia, who scored the game’s only goal in the seventh minute.
Barcelona’s balance stopped at 63 points in second place, with a goal difference from Sevilla, who is in third place, and only two points ahead of Atletico Madrid, who is in fourth place, while Vaikano raised his score to 40 points to advance to eleventh place.
With Barcelona’s loss today, Real Madrid needs only one point from its last five matches this season in order to officially crown the title, as the Royal Club is 15 points ahead of its closest opponents.
Barcelona suffered the third defeat in the last four games after losing to Cadiz 0-1 in the Spanish League and against Eintracht Frankfurt 2/3 in the quarter-finals of the European League, in return for its victory over its host Real Sociedad with a goal in the last round of the local league.
The first minutes passed without any chances on the two goals, with play confined to the middle of the field.
After only seven minutes from the start, Rayo Vallecano took the lead through Alvaro Garcia, after receiving a smart pass from Issey Balazone and hitting the right foot into the net.
And Ronald Araujo was close to equalizing the result for the Catalan club in the 13th minute, but Stoll Dimitrievsky, the Vaikano goalkeeper, stood in the way.
A new opportunity was missed for Barcelona in the 25th minute, when Jordi Alba hit a powerful ball from the edge of the penalty area, but it passed close to the visitors’ goal.
French winger Osman Dembele almost equalized for Barcelona in the 34th minute with a powerful shot from outside the penalty area, but the ball lost its way to the net.
And prevented the model Pablo Baez (Javi) from scoring the equalizer for Barcelona two minutes before the end of the first half, as she blocked the missile he fired from outside the penalty area.
Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez made three changes in the first quarter of an hour of the second half, as he pushed Clement Lenglet, Nicholas Gonzalez Iglesias and Memphis Depay, but these changes were not reflected in the Catalan club’s performance.
Barcelona did not launch a single attack on the visiting team’s goal in the first 25 minutes of the second half, prompting Xavi to make two other changes, pushing Block de Jong and Adama Traore.
Memphis Depay almost equalized for Barcelona in the 71st minute from a promising attack, but Nicolas Maras, a player from Vaikano, prevented him from scoring.
And from a naive mistake by Barcelona goalkeeper Mark ter Stegen, Vaicano almost consolidated his lead, but Lenglet saved the situation at the last moment.
Barcelona completely controlled the course of the game in the last ten minutes, in addition to the added time, which extended for more than 12 minutes, but the team’s players missed many of the opportunities achieved for the team to win its sixth defeat this season.