Following their promotion from the second tier last season, Rayo Vallecano had a tough start to life back in La Liga, as they made the trip to Sevilla in the opening game today.
Rayo Vallecano main goalkeeper Luca Zidane received a red card after fouling Ousamma Idrissi during the 15 th minute which lead to a penalty. On the 18 th minute, Youssef En-Nesyri converted the penalty to give Sevilla the lead.
Lamela, who joined Sevilla from Tottenham Hotspur as part of the deal which saw Spanish forward Bryan Gil move the other way, came off the bench to make his debut right after halftime and needed less than 10 minutes to make an impact.
He pounced on chaos in the Rayo box to ram a loose ball towards goal and it ended up in the net with the help of a heavy deflection off a visiting defender.
The Argentine struck again in the 79th minute, getting into the box and sliding to the floor to connect with a low cross from En-Nesyri before embracing his new teammate and celebrating with the 15,000 fans who were back at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium for the first time in 17 months.
Lamela now has double the number of league goals in 45 minutes with Sevilla as he managed in the last campaign with Tottenham and as many as the season before.
The Serbian Keeper managed to not concede even a single goal during the entire game. He also managed to save six major saves for Sevilla.
Jules was the real reason why Rayo Vallecano struggled so much to even score a goal. He had contributed to the team by winning 5 duels and with a couple of blocks.
Diego provided amazing support for Kound’e in defence as both of them didn’t let Rayo Vallecano attack pass through even once.
Rekik had a really bad start to the game but later he managed to make a couple of interceptions. Other than that his contribution to the team was awful.
Jesus Navas had a really good game by playing as a midfielder. He helped Sevilla offensively and defensively.
Even though Jordan was subbed off during the 79 th minute, he had the most pass succession during the entire game. Despite that, he had a good game
Fernando had a decent game by creating a lot of chances and taking a few shots.
Acuna had a really good game. He was helping the attack so much to create chances and made sure Sevilla did not concede
Nesyri had a far better game than everyone as he scored a penalty in the 15th minute
And gave a marvellous assist to Lamela.
Idriss had a decent game for Sevilla. He missed a couple of good chances created by Acuna which could have extended Sevilla’s lead.
Erik Lamela was the super sub for Sevilla as he came off the bench to score two beautiful goals which gave Sevilla the three-goal advantage.
Gomez had a pretty bad game. He had a lot of mispasses in the midfield
Zidane’s performance was fine during the first 10 mins. But the red card costed Rayo Vallecano’s game against Sevilla
Balliu had bad games as a right back. He gave a few unnecessary long balls which made them lose possession several times.
Suarez couldn’t do anything as he was the last man standing for Rayo Vallecano and lose so many duels.
Catena did whatever he could do by clearing the ball the most for Rayo Vallecano. Despite that, he didnt does anything contributive to the team.
Garcia had a rough game with only 30 touches the entire game.
Oscar had the worst performance of his career. He was really quiet the entire game.
Santi had a decent game with several good passes in the midfield but still, couldn’t do anything defensively by losing so many duels.
Palazon had the least touches in the entire game with 24. But had a couple of passes on the attacking side.
Randy had a bad game for Rayo Vallecano. He had so many misses passes in the midfield which gave Sevilla the possession
Alvaro won the most duels for Rayo Vallecano and he had a far better game than the others.
As a striker, he didnt does anything because Rayo Vallecano couldn’t create an opportunity for him
Dimitrievski came in the 10 th minute for Zidane. And he saved a couple of shots but still couldn’t prevent conceding goals as it was a 10v11 for them.
Martin had a good game with so many good long balls and crosses. He played well for a substitute.
Ciss helped Rayo Vallecano defensively and had a couple of decent passes in the midfield.
Martin had a bad game as he didnt gets that many touches.
Even though Bebe had 9 touches the entire game he managed to defensively help Rayo Vallecano