La Liga: Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona: Falcao goal ends it for Koeman, Dutchman sacked after 1-0 loss

La Liga: Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona: Back against the wall, injury-plagued Barcelona eye turnaround against Vallecano - Follow Live Updates
La Liga: Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona: Back against the wall, injury-plagued Barcelona eye turnaround against Vallecano - Follow Live Updates

La Liga: Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona: Barcelona slip further, Koeman sacked – A goal from Radamel Falcao ensured the end of Ronald Koeman’s reign as Barcelona head coach after the LaLiga giants slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano. The loss was Barcelona’s third in four games and after defeats to Benfica and Real Madrid, president Joan Laporta relieved Koeman off his duties, just after the result. Barcelona are now ninth in the table, with just four wins in 10 games.  Follow Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona Live Updates on InsideSport.in 

La Liga: Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona: Falcao goal ends it for Koeman, Dutchman sacked after 1-0 loss

Ronald Koeman was relieved of his duties as Barcelona boss after Radamel Falcao led Rayo Vallecano to an unlikely win over the LaLiga giants. Falcao netted home at the half-hour mark against the run of play with the Blaugrana dominating possession but struggling to make an impact with it. The side clearly struggled in attack with the first shot on target coming in the 71st minute, when Memphis Depay fired a penalty straight at Rayo goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski.

Barca had a flurry of late chances to get back into the game but failed to convert any as they succumbed to their third loss in four games, culminating Ronald Koeman’s sacking. The 58-year-old leaves Barca ninth place in the league and in danger of missing out on the Champions League knockout phase for the first time in 20 years, with the side yet to register an away win in any competition this season.

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La Liga: Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona: Falcao goal ends it for Koeman, Dutchman sacked after 1-0 loss

La Liga: Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona: Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona will be played on Wednesday, 27th October, 10:30 PM at Estadio de Vallecas.

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Form guide:

Rayo Vallecano: LWLWW

Barcelona: LWWLL

Team News:

Rayo Vallecano: Vallecano winger Martin Merquelanz – on loan from Real Sociedad – is expected to be the hosts’ only absentee this week, with the 26-year-old still recovering from a serious knee injuryAll other players are expected to be fit and ready.

La Liga: Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona: Back against the wall, injury-plagued Barcelona eye turnaround against Rayo Vallecano – Follow Live Updates

La Liga: Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona: Barcelona fans will not be happy, hearing the news that Ronald Koeman’s go to man Frenkie De Jong is out injured with a thigh injury and is likely to miss the mid-week game against Rayo according to Barcelona based Spanish outlet Sport. Pedri is unlikely to feature before the international break due to a muscle injury, Barcelona will also be without the Danish center-forward Martin Braithwaite, who is suffering from a long-term knee injury. Ronald Araujo is still a major doubt, after he suffered a hamstring injury during the international break with Uruguay.

La Liga: Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona: Some good news for The Blaugrana is that according to reports- Ousmane Dembele has been declared fit and could get some minutes, if the club doesn’t decide to not to play him until he signs a new contract. Jordi Alba has also fully recovered from sprained ankle that he suffered against Dynamo Kyiv. Brazilian midfielder Phillipe Coutinho is expected to start the game in mid-week after having a quality impact in the Clasico, Sergio Aguero is also expected to play around 30 mins as he continues to build his fitness.

La Liga: Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona: Back against the wall, injury-plagued Barcelona eye turnaround against Rayo Vallecano – Follow Live Updates

Predicted Lineups:

Rayo Vallecano (4-2-3-1):

Dimitrievski

Balliu, Saveljich, Catena, F. Garcia

Lopez, Comesana

Palazon, Trejo, A. Garcia

Nteka

Barcelona (4-3-3):

Ter Stegen

Mingueza, Garcia, Pique, Alba

Coutinho, Busquets, Gavi

Dest, Depay, Fati

Key Players:

Alvaro Garcia

Álvaro García - Player profile 21/22 | Transfermarkt

Isi Palazón-

La Liga: Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona: Back against the wall, injury-plagued Barcelona eye turnaround against Vallecano – Follow Live Updates

Memphis Depay-

La Liga: Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona Live: Ronald Koeman's job on the line as injury-plagued Barcelona face Vallecano away

Ansu Fati-