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Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona live blog, updates: Luis Suárez late winner gives Barça three giant points

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Follow along as Barça look to stay top of the table!

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FULL-TIME, Rayo Vallecano 2-3 Barcelona: We definitely did not need to suffer this much, but three points are three points. And these are huge.


GOAL!!!!!!!!!! Rayo Vallecano 2-3 Barcelona (Suárez 90’): BARÇA HAVE COME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!! Sergi Roberto plays a great cross into the far post and Luis Suárez flies in to score on the half-volley and give Barça the late lead!!!


GOAL!!! Rayo Vallecano 2-2 Barcelona (Dembélé 87’): BARÇA EQUALIZE! Long ball into the box, Gerard Piqué wins the header and Ousmane Dembélé scores a fantastic volley. There is still time to find the winner!!!


GOAL, Rayo Vallecano 2-1 Barcelona (Álvaro 57’): Rayo complete the comeback and take the lead. A cross from the right is headed against the post, and substitute Álvaro García scores with his first touch of the game.


HALFTIME, Rayo Vallecano 1-1 Barcelona: It’s really frustrating how Barça always do the same away from home: take the lead when playing really well, then drop back and try to protect the lead only to concede thanks to poor defending. Why not go for more goals??? Let’s hope for more attacking intent in the second half.


GOAL, Rayo Vallecano 1-1 Barcelona (Pozo 35’): Rayo equalize thanks to a great strike by José Pozo. The home team deserve it after taking complete control of the match following Suárez’s opener. Barça didn’t go for more goals and paid the price.


GOAL!!! Rayo Vallecano 0-1 Barcelona (Suárez 10’): BARÇA TAKE THE EARLY LEAD! After a spectacular long pass from Ivan Rakitic, Jordi Alba shows tremendous patience and finds Luis Suárez for an easy finish. Barça made a strong start and get the reward. Get in!


KICKOFF! Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Barcelona: Come on, boys! Don’t give me a heart attack.


LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Rafinha, Suárez, Coutinho (4-3-3)

Bench: Cillessen, Chumi, Semedo, Vidal, Aleñá, Dembélé, Munir

RAYO VALLECANO

Starting XI: García; Advíncula, Gálvez, Amat, Moreno; Comesana; Embarba, Imbula, Trejo, García; De Tomás (4-1-4-1)

Bench: Kakuta, Dimitrievski, Bebé, Alegría, Velázquez, Ba, Pozo


IT’S LA LIGA TIME!!! After a Copa del Rey win in midweek, Barcelona are back in action in the league needing three points against Rayo Vallecano to stay top of the table after 11 games. Away games are never easy, and Rayo are a team known for their attacking style. This should be fun and full of goals, so let’s follow along hoping that Barça score all of them! IT’S LIVE BLOG TIME!

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MATCH INFO

Competition/Round: 2018-19 La Liga, Matchday 11

Date/Time: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 8.45pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 7.45pm GMT (UK), 3.45pm ET, 12.45pm PT (USA), 1.15am IST (India, Sunday)

Venue: Estadio de Vallecas, Madrid, Spain

Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (oh boy)

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Eleven Sports 1 (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), others

How to stream: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), others


Matchday Thread Rules

We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:

Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, no swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.

Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!