Barcelona’s hopes of clinching a victory in the 14th week of the Spanish League were dashed as they faced Rayo Vallecano and settled for a 1-1 draw. The match took place at the Campo de Futbol de Vallecas on Saturday, November 25, 2023. Vallecano took the lead with a long-range shot from Unai Lopez in the 39th minute, but Barcelona managed to avoid defeat thanks to Florian Lejeune’s own goal in the 82nd minute. Despite the additional point, Barcelona’s position remains unchanged in third place in the current season’s standings with 31 points. Meanwhile, Vallecano sits in eighth place with 19 points.
The course of the game saw threats from the home team in the 5th minute, but Isi Palazon’s long-range shot was successfully blocked by Barcelona’s goalkeeper, Inaki Pena. The 24-year-old goalkeeper also managed to save a close-range shot from Jorge de Frutos Sebastian shortly after. Óscar Valentín also posed a danger to Barcelona’s goal in the 10th minute, but his left-footed shot was easily secured by Pena. The away team responded with pressure from Pedri in the 15th minute, but his shot was also denied by Vallecano’s goalkeeper, Stole Dimitrievski. Lamine Yamal also created an opportunity for Barcelona in the 29th minute, but Dimitrievski was able to thwart his attempt.
The disaster struck for Xavi Hernandez’s team 10 minutes later. Lopez’s speculative shot from outside the penalty box found its way into the bottom right corner of Barcelona’s goal without any chance for Pena to save it. The score remained 1-0 in favor of Vallecano until halftime. In the second half, Barcelona made efforts to score an equalizer. Ferran Torres managed to connect with a clever through pass from Oriol Romeu in the 54th minute, but his header went straight to Dimitrievski. Barcelona came close to leveling the score in the 76th minute. Raphinha’s