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Xavi felt Barcelona denied ‘clear penalty’ on Raphinha against Rayo Vallecano

The Catalans dropped points again

Rayo Vallecano v FC Barcelona - LaLiga EA Sports Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez was not happy with the match officials after seeing his team held by Rayo Vallecano.

The manager felt there was an offside in Rayo’s opening goal and also believed his team should have had a penalty late on for a foul on Raphinha.

Here’s what he said after the match:

“We think [Camello’s position] conditions the goal,” he said. “If he doesn’t have a player behind him, Balde could even have let the ball go past him [on the initial block].

“They’re decisions that are going against us. You will tell me I am looking for excuses, but there was also a clear penalty on Raphinha at the end.

“We are not having any luck with these decisions. That’s not an excuse. It is a clear penalty. We [also] have to be self-critical and play better.”

Barcelona went behind in the first half and needed an own goal from Florian Lejeune to rescue a point, in a result that means Xavi is still yet to beat Rayo as Barca boss.

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