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S. Savić
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Á. Correa
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J. Giménez
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João Félix
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54% 45%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 3
Total Passes 511 431
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Real Madrid RMA Real Madrid 38 26 8 4 80 31 +49 86 D D W L W
2 Barcelona BAR Barcelona 38 21 10 7 68 38 +30 73 L D W W W
3 Atlético Madrid ATM Atlético Madrid 38 21 8 9 65 43 +22 71 W D W W L
4 Sevilla SEV Sevilla 38 18 16 4 53 30 +23 70 W D D D D
5 Real Betis BET Real Betis 38 19 8 11 62 40 +22 65 D W W L D
6 Real Sociedad RSO Real Sociedad 38 17 11 10 40 37 +3 62 L W W L D
7 Villarreal VIL Villarreal 38 16 11 11 63 37 +26 59 W L W D L
8 Athletic Club ATH Athletic Club 38 14 13 11 43 36 +7 55 L W L D W
9 Valencia VAL Valencia 38 11 15 12 48 53 -5 48 W D L D D
10 Osasuna OSA Osasuna 38 12 11 15 37 51 -14 47 L L D D D
11 Celta de Vigo CEL Celta de Vigo 38 12 10 16 43 43 0 46 L W L W D
12 Rayo Vallecano RAY Rayo Vallecano 38 11 9 18 39 50 -11 42 L L L D D
13 Elche ELC Elche 38 11 9 18 40 52 -12 42 W L L L D
14 Espanyol ESP Espanyol 38 10 12 16 40 53 -13 42 D D L D L
15 Getafe GET Getafe 38 8 15 15 33 41 -8 39 L D D D D
16 Mallorca MLL Mallorca 38 10 9 19 36 63 -27 39 W W D L L
17 Cádiz CAD Cádiz 38 8 15 15 35 51 -16 39 W D L W D
18 Granada GRA Granada 38 8 14 16 44 61 -17 38 D L W W D
19 Levante LEV Levante 38 8 11 19 51 76 -25 35 W W L W D
20 Deportivo Alavés ALA Deportivo Alavés 38 8 7 23 31 65 -34 31 L L W L W


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That's all from Madrid today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
Following the international break, Atleti - up into third after today's win, at least temporarily - will host Alaves at the Metropolitano. Meanwhile, Rayo are set for an encounter with fellow strugglers Granada next time out.
After taking a deserved lead early in the second half, Atletico Madrid hold on for a fifth consecutive La Liga victory, and though it was far from pretty, the three points could go a long way to securing their top four place come May. The visitors took advantage of their hosts' limitations in attack, and that single strike - Koke's first of the season - was always likely to prove enough. While Rayo are still not safe, if they can replicate such endeavour between now and the season's end, their mission to avoid relegation should be achieved.
90' + 5' As the ball drops to him on the edge of the box, Balliu strikes a low shot through a thicket of legs towards goal, but Oblak collects the ball centrally without too much concern. Surely that's the three points secured for Atletico?
90' + 4' Mario Suarez makes a covering challenge to deny Luis Suarez a chance to shoot at goal, after the Atletico striker works a yard of space with a wonderful first touch.
90' + 2' Atleti's final change sees Hermoso replace the potential matchwinner Koke.
A. Griezmann
90' + 1' Despite missing some good chances, Griezmann has put in a good shift, which ends a few moments early. Felipe comes on in his place.
89' A deflected Ciss shot from 30 yards goes behind for a corner on the right, but Atletico are eventually able to clear the ball away.
87' As Rayo's attempts to equalise become ever more desperate, Garcia slashes at a cross from the left and his cross sails over the crossbar.
S. Savić
Yellow Card
85' In the aftermath of Correa's dismissal, Savic is also booked. Atletico's disciplinary problems are surfacing again.
Á. Correa
Red Card
85' Out of the blue, Atletico go down to 10 men! Correa shoves Catena to the ground in retaliation for a foul and sees a straight red card.
M. Sylla
Ó. Trejo
83' Iraola plays another card in hope of stealing an equaliser, as Sylla replaces Trejo.
J. Giménez
Yellow Card
81' Gimenez has been booked for a foul on Nteka.
79' MISS! With a glaring miss from close range, Nteka wastes perhaps Rayo's best chance of the game. Valentin created the opportunity with an excellent low driven cross from the left, but the French forward could not make Atletico pay!
Yellow Card
78' In addition to his goal, Koke goes into the referee's notebook again after a foul on Balliu in midfield. He will be suspended for Atletico's next match.
R. Nteka
Sergi Guardiola
76' Having been largely starved of service today, Guardiola is replaced by Nteka up front.
G. Kondogbia
Yellow Card
74' For a clumsy attempt to dispossess Trejo from behind, Kondogbia is shown a yellow card.
72' Another Rayo attacks breaks down, as Trejo overhits a throughball when well placed on the brink of the Atleti area. That's a goal-kick to the visitors.
70' After a few minutes on the back foot, Atletico have been given fresh momentum by their substitutes. This game is still live for Rayo, though, who have clearly not given up hope.
67' Not long after his introduction, Suarez tries an ambitious long-range lob, hoping to catch Dimitrievski out. However, the veteran striker's instinctive effort fades wide of the target.
Ó. Trejo
Yellow Card
65' After a mistimed midfield challenge on Kondogbia, the tiring Trejo is booked.
L. Suárez
João Félix
64' Joao Felix is also substituted, as Suarez makes another substitute appearance.
Á. Correa
H. Herrera
64' Having been busy in midfield today, Herrera is taken off; Correa will be his replacement.
G. Kondogbia
Renan Lodi
63' Simeone responds with a triple substitution. Lodi ends his shift early, and Kondogbia comes on.
P. Ciss
Santi Comesaña
62' Comesana is the second Rayo man to be withdrawn, as Ciss comes on in his place.
Isi Palazón
62' The hosts are making a couple of changes. First, Bebe makes way for Palazon.
59' SHARP STOP! After Guardiola first comes close, Oblak is finally called into serious action, as the Atleti goalkeeper flings himself down to parry away Suarez's low shot. That was by far Rayo's best chance so far.
57' SAVE! Another great chance is spurned by Griezmann, who latches on to a smart reverse pass by the influential De Paul before driving a tame effort straight at Dimitrievski from close range, on the right side of the area.
55' Rayo have only scored three times in their last nine games, and their continued lack of precision in the final third demonstrates why. Surely Iraola will make at least one change soon?
53' Seeking a quick equaliser, Suarez puts a shot from the centre of the area wide of the right-hand post, following Trejo's cross.
51' Following his smart set-up today, Joao Felix has now been involved in six goals in his last five La Liga appearances (four goals and two assists).
49' ATLETI LEAD! After a bright start to the half, Koke exchanges passes with Joao Felix on the edge of the area; receiving the ball on the left side of the box and then steering in a cool finish towards the far post - with Dimitrievski left helpless. Rayo 0-1 Atletico!
João Félix
49' Continuing his impressive form of late, Joao Felix drops out of the area, making a first-time return pass to Koke with exactly the right weight.
47' A smooth change of gear by De Paul in central midfield almost picks out Hermoso on the right side of the area, and the ball is turned behind for an Atletico corner.
46' We are back under way in Madrid!
Rayo have now failed to score a first-half goal in 19 of 28 league games during their comeback season in the Spanish top flight, and on the evidence of today's opening 45 minutes, it is clear to see why. Nonetheless, as the game goes on, Atleti legs could tire following their midweek trip to England - opening the door for a potential shock winner.
There has been little to separate these two teams from the Spanish capital so far, though on occasions it has been Atletico's greater individual quality which has shone through. Joao Felix, in particular, has posed a threat to the home side, while his striker partner Griezmann could have given Simeone's side the lead with a touch more composure early on. Rayo are competing gamely and pressing their more illustrious neighbours well, but will hope to carve out more clear-cut chances after the interval.
45' + 1' In the last meaningful action of the half, Griezmann's cross picks out Savic in the area, but the defender cannot make a clean contact with his header, which drifts wide of the target.
45' Comesana is fortunate not to receive a second booking - much to the displeasure of the Atletico players - as he brings down Joao Felix with the Portuguese starlet running towards the Rayo box.
44' Most of the action in the closing stages of the first half is taking place on the touchline, as both Iraola and Simeone cajole their teams in animated fashion.
Santi Comesaña
Yellow Card
42' Penalised for a recklessly high-booted challenge on Herrera in midfield, Comesana is justifiably booked.
40' The first half is starting to meander towards its conclusion, with neither side coming particularly close to opening the scoring over the past 15 minutes.
38' The flag goes up for offside as Bebe pulls off his marker and scuffs a volleyed attempt towards the six-yard box. Towards the end of the half, the hosts are hoping to carve out a first clear scoring opportunity.
36' Though winless in their last nine La Liga games - losing seven times in the process - Rayo have impressed on home soil this season: picking up 27 points from their 14 matches at Estadio de Vallecas before today's game.
34' De Paul is frustrated to be hauled back in midfield, as Atleti try to build up a head of steam. Are they a little weary after Tuesday's Champions League exploits though?
32' Despite managing to rise highest in the area, Joao Felix can only flick his header from a right-wing cross well wide of the target.
Mario Suárez
Yellow Card
30' Defeated by a sharp turn from Joao Felix, a clumsy challenge by Suarez sees the former Atletico man booked by the referee.
27' Ending a promising counter-attack, with Atletico's back three looking stretched, Guardiola brings down De Paul on the edge of the box to concede a free-kick.
25' JUST WIDE! From a brilliant inswinging cross by De Paul, a Joao Felix header at the back post is bundled into the side-netting, as Reinildo hinders his team-mate by getting in the way.
24' Drifting in from the left flank, Garcia latches onto a bouncing ball into the box, but can only nod the ball harmlessly towards Oblak.from the edge of the area.
22' With an ambitious free-kick attempt in a central position, Bebe curls the ball into Atleti's defensive wall. The visitors then get the ball clear - and they are yet to concede a shot on goal.
Renan Lodi
Yellow Card
20' The first yellow card of today's game goes to Lodi, for intentionally clipping Trejo around 30 yards from goal.
17' After Herrera steps into space in the centre of midfield, he slips a neat ball between the Rayo centre-backs. A panicked clearance then strikes the falling Griezmann, loops up and drops just wide of Dimitrievski's goal.
15' The hosts are growing into the game now, passing confidently and penning Atleti back - though without causing any serious threat.
13' Griezmann has scored in his last five games against Rayo Vallecano in La Liga, so will hope he has another chance to extend that run later on, following his glaring miss.
12' MISS! Following a deft headed flick by Joao Felix, the late-arriving Griezmann steals in at the back post, but misses the target with a scuffed finish on the stretch. That was a gilt-edged opportunity, and Atleti should really be leading!
10' Echoing Bebe's spectacularly mishit attempt at the other end, Griezmann steps in from the right flank and unleashes a 30-yard strike which whistles several yards over the Rayo goal.
8' Ahead of today's contest, Rayo Vallecano had won two of their last three derbies against Madrid rivals at home in La Liga, having lost the previous four, while Atletico have won just one of their last four away league derbies.
6' Catena intervenes in the air to nod behind for another Atleti corner, and after the cross is initially overhit, the home side manage to get the ball away to safety.
4' After chasing down a loose ball to beat Koke, an attempted cross by Bebe flies wildly over Oblak's crossbar from outside the right side of the area.
2' CLOSE! Valentin tracks back just in time to put off Griezmann, who has sneaked through on the left side of the area, and the French forward's low shot is then cautiously tipped around the near post by Dimitrievski.
1' The hosts get us under way, against an Atleti side clad in all-blue.
The players are out on the pitch in Vallecas, with kick-off now just moments away!
Following their exertions in Manchester, somewhat surprisingly, Atletico are unchanged. Sticking with a variation on 3-5-2, Simeone again opts for in-form Joao Felix and Griezmann up front. Meanwhile, Thomas Lemar, Sime Vrsaljko, Matheus Cunha and Daniel Wass are again unavailable due to injury.
Rayo make just one change from the side which started last week's draw with Sevilla, as French forward Nteka makes way for Garcia in the trio supporting lone striker Guardiola. Palazon joins Garcia in returning from suspension for the hosts, but must make do with a place on the bench.
SUBS: Benjamin Lecomte, Mario Hermoso, Luis Suarez, Giuliano Simeone, Angel Correa, Pablo Barrios Rivas, Carlos Martin, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Felipe.
ATLETICO MADRID (3-5-2): Jan Oblak; Stefan Savic, Jose Gimenez, Reinildo; Marcos Llorente, Koke, Rodrigo de Paul, Hector Herrera, Renan Lodi; Antoine Griezmann, Joao Felix.
SUBS: Luca Zidane, Kevin Rodrigues, Randy Nteka, Nikola Maras, Mario Hernandez, Pathe Ciss, Isi Palazon, Mamadou Sylla Diallo.
RAYO VALLECANO (4-3-2-1): Stole Dimitrievski; Ivan Balliu, Alejandro Catena, Mario Suarez, Francisco Garcia; Oscar Valentin, Santiago Comesana; Bebe, Oscar Trejo, Alvaro Garcia; Sergi Guardiola.
Atletico Madrid are seeking a fifth La Liga victory in a row today, and the reigning champions are fourth in the table ahead of kick-off. Level on points with Barcelona - and now just five behind second-placed Sevilla - Diego Simeone's side were further buoyed by a 1-0 win over Manchester United in Tuesday's second leg of their Champions League tie. That victory at Old Trafford secured a 2-1 aggregate success and booked Atleti's spot in next month's quarter-finals.
Rayo sit in 13th position, eight points clear of the relegation zone after ending a six-match losing run in La Liga last weekend. Though they held high-flying Sevilla to a 1-1 draw, Los Vallecanos have not won a top-flight game since mid-December, but still look likely avoid demotion back to the Segunda Division. Andoni Iraola's side suffered a 2-0 loss in January's reverse fixture - their sixth successive defeat to Atletico in the league; failing to score in the last five.
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