Rayo Vallecano 1-0 Barcelona: Ronald Koeman under more pressure after defeat

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Memphis Depay missed a penalty as Barcelona lost at Rayo Vallecano to increase the pressure on Ronald Koeman.

Barca, defeated 2-1 at home to Real Madrid on Sunday, are ninth in La Liga.

Oscar Trejo won the ball from Sergio Busquets and fed veteran striker Radamel Falcao, who finished via the inside of the post for the only goal.

The visitors won a penalty when Oscar Valentin fouled Depay but his spot-kick was well saved by Stole Dimitrievski, who also smothered the rebound well.

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It is the first time since September 1987 that Barca have lost three away games in a row without scoring - a run that saw English manager Terry Venables sacked.

Barca boss Koeman - whose car was surrounded by angry fans after losing El Clasico - admitted before this game his side "cannot afford back-to-back losses".

Trejo, perhaps sensing Barcelona's fragile mental state, tried to score from the halfway line in the third minute but his shot was saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Barca were uninspired yet again, with Depay's penalty their only shot on target.

Luuk de Jong's chip, Sergio Aguero's header and Gavi's scuffed shot were off target late on.

This is their fifth defeat of the season in all competitions and they sit six points behind leaders Sevilla and Real Sociedad.

Rayo - who have won all five home games this season - rise to fifth, above city rivals and champions Atletico Madrid.

Line-ups

Rayo Vallecano

Formation 4-2-3-1

13Dimitrievski20Balliu24SaveljichBooked at 83mins5Catena33García Torres23ValentínSubstituted forSuárezat 90+2'minutes6ComesañaSubstituted forLópezat 63'minutes7Palazón8TrejoBooked at 24minsSubstituted forCissat 76'minutes18García Rivera3FalcaoSubstituted forNtekaat 76'minutes

Substitutes

1Zidane2Maras4Suárez9Nteka10Dias Correia11Martín12López16Guardiola Navarro19Rodrigues21Ciss22Pozo32Hernández

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

1ter Stegen20RobertoSubstituted forDemirat 60'minutes3PiquéBooked at 66mins24García18Alba28González IglesiasSubstituted forde Jongat 84'minutes5Busquets14CoutinhoBooked at 52minsSubstituted forPaez Gaviriaat 74'minutes2Dest19Agüero9Depay

Substitutes

6Puig Martí11Demir13Murara Neto15Lenglet17de Jong22Mingueza23Umtiti26Peña Sotorres30Paez Gaviria31Balde Martínez

Referee:Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz

Attendance:9,340

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Match ends, Rayo Vallecano 1, Barcelona 0.

Second Half ends, Rayo Vallecano 1, Barcelona 0.

Attempt missed. Gavi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Sergio Agüero with a cross.

Offside, Rayo Vallecano. Stole Dimitrievski tries a through ball, but Álvaro García is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Barcelona) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sergiño Dest.

Attempt blocked. Randy Nteka (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mario Suárez.

Attempt missed. Alejandro Catena (Rayo Vallecano) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Unai López with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Sergiño Dest.

Memphis Depay (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Iván Balliu (Rayo Vallecano).

Substitution, Rayo Vallecano. Mario Suárez replaces Óscar Valentín.

Attempt missed. Luuk de Jong (Barcelona) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is too high. Assisted by Sergio Busquets.

Attempt blocked. Yusuf Demir (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Esteban Saveljich (Rayo Vallecano) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Unai López with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Jordi Alba.

Attempt blocked. Isi Palazón (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fran García.

Foul by Memphis Depay (Barcelona).

Iván Balliu (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Barcelona. Luuk de Jong replaces Nicolás González Iglesias.

Esteban Saveljich (Rayo Vallecano) is shown the yellow card.

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