A solitary goal by Unai López was enough to see Rayo past a tricky test on the road at Almería.
Los vallecanos were in good tune coming into this match on the back of three wins and a draw but their hosts were also enjoying a degree of success with only one loss in their last five contests. It had the markings of a tight affair, but this was far from the case. The early exchanges were cagey but Rayo’s goal opened up the match and both goalkeepers were regularly employed.
The visitors broke the deadlock on 22 minutes, some good work from Raúl de Tomás to slip through the rojiblancos defence saw his cutback end up in the path of López who made no mistake by smashing the ball home with authority.
The home side looked to hit back immediately and Nano was first to sting the palms of Alberto García before Rúben Alcaraz’s follow-up shot was blocked by some desperate defending from Abdoulaye Ba. Alacaraz was then denied by García as the Rayo stopper tipped his effort over the bar.
Following the break, Almería’s ‘keeper René had to be alert too, as he was called into action to prevent Ádrian Embarba’s freekick finding the net and produced a carbon copy save to that of García in the first half.
Alcaraz had one more effort, this time from distance as he gathered the ball from a well-worked corner and let fly but his shot flew narrowly past the base of García’s right post. The Andalucíans could not find a way past and succumbed to defeat to drop them a place to 15th, while Rayo keep the heat on leaders Huesca and are now only three points behind them in second.