Rayo Vallecano holds on to make it two wins against Barcelona this season in LaLiga.
The visitors started brightly and took the lead when Alvaro Garcia finished off Palazon’s superb through ball.
Barcelona struggled for rhythm throughout the first half but did have chances to equalise through Dembele and Gavi.
The hosts continued to struggle in the second period as Rayo wasted time whenever possible.
Depay and Dembele were both denied by heroic late blocks, and despite the referee adding on almost 15 minutes of stoppage time, Rayo held on for a famous 1-0 win.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen;
Sergino Dest, Ronald Araujo, Eric Garcia, Jordi Alba;
Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Pablo Gaviria;
Ousmane Dembele, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres.
SUBS: Nicolas Gonzalez, Arnau Tenas, Memphis Depay, Gerard Pique, Riqui Puig, Dani Alves, Clement Lenglet, Oscar Mingueza, Neto, Martin Braithwaite, Adama Traore, Luuk de Jong.
RAYO VALLECANO (4-2-3-1): Stole Dimitrievski;
Ivan Balliu, Nikola Maras, Alejandro Catena, Francisco Garcia;
Oscar Valentin, Santiago Comesana; Isi Palazon, Unai Lopez, Alvaro Garcia;
SUBS: Radamel Falcao, Oscar Trejo, Mamadou Sylla Diallo, Pathe Ciss, Sergi Guardiola, Kevin Rodrigues, Luca Zidane, Mario Suarez, Bebe.
ALVARO GARCIA! 1-0. Rayo takes an early lead. The visitors work a superb move that culminates with Palazon cutting inside Alba before clipping the perfect through ball for Alvaro Garcia, who nips ahead of Dest and hits a low, 12-yard strike past Ter Stegen; at the near post.
What does it mean?
After Barcelona loses today’s game, Real Madrid can win the title next weekend against Espanyol.
So, what’s next?
Barcelona will be facing Mallorca at Camp Nou in Laliga.
Meanwhile, Rayo Vallecano will welcome Real Sociedad next Sunday.
The result means that Barcelona remains 15 points behind Real Madrid in second, while Rayo climbs up to 11th.
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