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As it stands, Valladolid would move into 13th position in the table, picking up just their second league win in the process. That is almost made certain as Rama strikes one from outside the box, but Ruben is on hand to make the save. Neither side is too interested in defending at the moment. Rayo's frustration continues as Lass picks up a booking for fouling Pena inside the Valladolid box. It must be said that the noise levels inside the stadium remain quite sensational.
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Valladolid enjoy a passing sequence moments later, but the move breaks down once more. Little under 15 minutes of the first period remaining in Madrid. GOAL! Rayo Vallecano 0-1 Real Valladolid (Ebert) Valladolid take the lead with 31 minutes on the clock as Ebert takes control of a loose ball outside the box before curling a stunning effort into the top corner. It just had to be the German. The away side lead in the Spanish capital. It is important that the home supporters stay with their side in the latter stages of the first period. Their side has dominated the possession thus far, but struggled to carve out any real openings.
You can sense the tension in the crowd. Not often you can say this of Ebert, but the German's delivery has been poor thus far. Rayo have been unable to get the likes of Viera and Perea into the match in the opening 16 minutes, with Valladolid looking the more threatening in the final third. The pitch is certainly helping the tempo as the passes continue to slide across the surface.
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Larrivey has a half-chance in the next attack, but he can only curl his effort wide of the post. End-to-end football in the last couple of moments. CHANCE! Wonderful chance for Valladolid to add their fourth as Rossi collects possession outside the box before attempting to chip Ruben, but his effort lands on top of the crossbar. Falque has a strike down the other end moments later, but it is into the arms of Marino. CHANCE! Opportunity for the home side to open their tally for the evening as Trashorras curls an effort from the edge of the box, but Marino is on hand to make a fine save. The resulting corner is delivered into the Valladolid box, but Rukavina is on hand to clear the danger.
GOAL! Rayo Vallecano 0-3 Real Valladolid (Larsson) Valladolid have their third in the early stages of the second period as Larsson latches onto a defensive mistake before rounding Ruben and sliding his low effort into the back of the net. Is that game, set and match?! The away side are three goals to the good here. Well, Rayo had made a bright start to the second period, but defensive problems have cost them once more. However, the noise levels inside the stadium say a lot about the home supporters. They will back their side whatever happens this evening. Not too much that Paco Jemez can do, with the Rayo boss making two changes at the interval. Lass attempts to take matters into his own hands for the home side, but the attacker's cross is straight into the arms of Diego Marino, who has hardly been mentioned this evening.
End-to-end football in the last couple of minutes. I would love to be able to say that there has been a number of chances in the last couple of minutes, but that has not been the case. Both are playing good football in the middle of the park, but neither can find that elusive pass in the final third. It is the type of match that could be decided by a mistake or a moment of brilliance. Perea attempts to produce that moment of brilliance as he collects possession outside the box before attempting to find the top corner, but his effort was always moving high and wide of the crossbar.
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BENCH WATCH: The home side are not short of options on their bench this evening with Lass Bangoura, Joaquin Larrivey and Alberto Bueno all in reserve. Valladolid, meanwhile, have the likes of Oscar, Daniel Larsson, Omar and Zakarya Bergich sitting on their bench. Here we go then. Both sets of players join us on the pitch for the second period. You just get the feeling that the next goal - if we indeed have one - could be vital. Another strike for Valladolid would surely secure all the points. Right, the home side get the second period underway in the Spanish capital. Double change for Rayo at the interval with Lass and Larrivey replacing Perea and Baena for the second 45 minutes.
Almost another half-chance for the away side as Manucho finds Guerra behind the Rayo defence, but the offside flag is raised, much to the relief of the home supporters. The home side have resulted to driving long crosses into the Valladolid box, but they have not had much success thus far. GOAL! Rayo Vallecano 0-2 Real Valladolid (Guerra) Valladolid have their second of the match five minutes before the interval as Guerra carries possession into the Rayo box before driving his low effort into the bottom corner. Clinical finish from the Spaniard, who has now five league goals to his name this season. Defensive mistakes have cost the home side this evening, with a simple straight ball causing problems to their defence.
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Another half-chance comes to Valladolid moments later as Manucho bursts into the box, but he thumps his effort into the side netting. Lass continues to look the most likely for the home side as he delivers two dangerous balls into the box in quick succession, but the first is cleared by Pena before Viera clips one over the crossbar. The end-to-end period of the match continues as Manucho gathers possession inside the Rayo box, but the move comes to nothing. Rayo make their third and final change of the evening as Bueno replaces Castillo. This could get nasty for the home side in the latter stages as they continue to attack - it is leaving all sorts of room for Valladolid on the counter. Little over 20 minutes of football remaining in the Spanish capital.
It threatens to fall for a black shirt, but Tito is on hand to clear the danger. Rayo need to be really careful here as they continue to play around in defence, with the likes of Manucho and Guerra forcing the issue for the away side. There is no question that Valladolid are in control of proceedings with 13 minutes on the clock, but the score remains level.
Better from Rayo as Tito advances down the right before delivering a dangerous cross into the box, but Pena is on hand to clear the danger. The pressure remains with Falque, but the referee cuts the attack short by awarding a free kick. Again, the referee is more involved than he would like at this particular moment. Half-chance for the away side as Rama collects possession outside the box before driving past two defenders, but his final effort is straight into the arms of Ruben. Rayo are down the other end with Viera moments later, but the on-loan Valencia forward cannot keep hold of the ball at the vital moment.
Not too much to report in the opening seven minutes of football in the Spanish capital. The referee has been more involved than he would like in the last couple of moments with Baraja becoming the first player to enter the book for a poor challenge on Viera. Rayo attempt to force the issue through Perea, but the offside flag is raised. Stop-start tempo in the last couple of minutes. It is the type of match that needs something to spark it into life. CHANCE! The first opportunity of the match comes to the away side as Manucho collects a loose ball inside the box before attempting to find the bottom corner, but Ruben is on hand to make a fine save at the vital moment.
As mentioned, the corresponding fixture in this stadium last season ended in a 2-1 win for the away side, but Rayo were 3-0 winners in this stadium when they welcomed Valladolid in the Segunda Division clash in November 2010. TEAMS:RAYO VALLECANO: Ruben; Tito, Galvez, Arbilla, Mojica; Baena, Trashorras, Nery, Perea; Viera, Falque REAL VALLADOLID: Marino; Rukavina, Valiente, Rueda, Pena; Ebert, Baraja, Rossi, Rama; Guerra, Manucho So there we have it.
Valladolid have also made a change with Larsson replacing Ebert, who has reportedly picked up an injury. Bright start to the second half from the home side, with Pena fouling Rama just outside the box. The first corner of the match comes to Rayo moments later, but Pena is on hand to clear under pressure from Galvez, who had made his way into the opposing box. It must be said that the home supporters are in wonderful voice in the early stages of the half, which is helping their side. A dangerous cross is delivered towards Viera moments later, but Rukavina manages to turn it clear.