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Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona, La Liga: Match Thread, Live Updates

Join us for another Barcelona La Liga adventure!

Rayo Vallecano v Girona FC - LaLiga EA Sports Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images

FULL-TIME, Rayo 1-1 Barcelona: Barça played well at times and should have won this but were their own worst enemy in the final third. Two big points are dropped ahead of two giant league games in the next couple of weeks, and Barça go into a monster Champions League game in midweek low on confidence. Not the best of times.


82’ GOAL!!! Rayo 1-1 Barcelona (Lejeune OG): BARÇA EQUALIZE!!! Iñigo Martínez plays a gorgeous pass over the top to Alejandro Balde who puts a cross into the box looking for Robert Lewandowski, but Florian Lejeune gets to the ball before the Barça striker and scores against his own net! GAME ON!!!


SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Rayo 1-0 Barcelona: Back underway in Vallecas!


HALFTIME, Rayo 1-0 Barcelona: Barça had good moments moving the ball from back to front but failed time and time again to create a real chance, and were made to pay for their ineffective offense with a stunning goal by Unai López to give Rayo a halftime lead that they don’t quite deserve but will happily accept.


39’ GOAL, Rayo 1-0 Barcelona (López): Rayo take the lead. Barça fail to properly clear a free-kick and the ball falls to Unai López who fires a beautiful shot from distance and puts the home team in front.


KICKOFF! Rayo 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re underway in Vallecas!


WELCOME TO THE ESTADIO DE VALLECAS! The cozy home of Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish capital is the site of a huge La Liga clash between the hosts and Barcelona, who come into this one needing all three points to stay close to the top of the table before a couple of giant Top 4 clashes in the next few weeks, but it won’t be easy as Rayo always cause Barça problems and are yet to lose to the Catalans under Xavi. This should be fun, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. Vamos!

(Note: the comments will be open only when the team news come out, because our commenter people love commenting and sometimes there are too many comments in the comments section)


LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Starting XI: Peña; Cancelo, Christensen, Iñigo, Balde; Romeu, De Jong; Yamal, Pedri, Ferran; Lewandowski (4-2-3-1)

Substitutes: Astralaga (GK), Aron (GK), Araujo, Kounde, Alonso, Gündogan, Fermín, Unai, Garrido, Raphinha, Félix

RAYO VALLECANO

Starting XI: Dimitrievski; Balliu, Mumin, Lejeune, Espino; López, Valentín; Isi, Trejo, De Frutos; Camello (4-2-3-1)

Substitutes: Cárdenas (GK), Ratiu, Chavarría, Pascual, Pozo, Nteka, Pérez, Ciss, Méndez, Falcao, Bebé, De Tomás


MATCH INFO

Competition/Round: 2023-24 La Liga, Matchday 14

Date/Time: Saturday, November 25, 2023, 2pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 1pm GMT (UK), 8am ET, 5am PT (USA), 6.30pm IST (India)

Venue: Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas, Madrid, Spain

Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero

VAR: Santiago Jaime Latre

HOW TO WATCH

On TV: ESPN Deportes (USA), Viaplay Sports 2 (UK), SuperSport (Nigeria), Sports18 (India), Not Available (Spain, Canada), others

Online: ESPN+ (USA), LaLigaTV (UK), DAZN (Spain), 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, watch the 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!

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