Barcelona 0-1 Rayo Vallecano: Player ratings

Barcelona were condemned to a third successive home defeat as Alvaro Garcia’s early strike secured a memorable 1-0 victory for Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou in La Liga.

The evening couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start for Xavi’s side, with the visitors stunning the home crowd inside six minutes.

Sergino Dest – replacing the injured Dani Alves – was caught napping when Garcia made a dart inside. The winger was found by Isi Palazon and, with just Marc-Andre ter Stegen to beat, he controlled and steered a lovely rifled finish beyond the Barcelona No.1.

Barcelona threatened an immediate response through both Jordi Alba and Ronald Araujo, and they very nearly benefited from a Rayo error when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang closed down Rayo goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski on the half-hour mark.

Frenkie de Jong picked up the loose ball and fed Ousmane Dembele, but Aubameyang could not divert the Frenchman’s cut-back towards goal.

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