Rayo Vallecano beat Espanyol at Vallecas to go four points clear of Barcelona

Rayo Vallecano beat Espanyol 1-0 at Vallecas in La Liga on Sunday afternoon. The decisive moment came six minutes short of the hour mark – Leandro Cabrera scored an own goal. Fran Merida saw red for Espanyol deep in injury time at the end of the game.

The result means that Rayo have continued their incredible start to life in the Primera. They’ll end the weekend sixth, four points clear of seventh-placed Barcelona and just two off fourth-placed Atletico Madrid and the Champions League spot they occupy. Espanyol are seven points behind Rayo in ninth place.

Rayo go to La Ceramica next to take on Villarreal before facing Bergantinos in the second round of the Copa del Rey. They finish 2021 at home to Alaves. Espanyol play Levante at home next before a Copa tie with Cristo Atletico. They then travel to Celta Vigo before facing Valencia at Mestalla on New Year’s Eve.

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