RAYO 1-3 DEPORTIVO
Lucas Pérez heats up Vallecas and condemns Rayo
The former Rayo player made it 3-1 after Borges opened the scoring, Embarba leveled and Luis Alberto had made it 2-1.
Lucas won the match against the past. Against the team that watched him grow up. Against his pal Juan Carlos, who he started with on the path through the junior ranks. He felt like he was at home. He scored one, but it could have been more. Some were saved by the Rayo keeper, others cleared by defenders, others went narrowly wide – but there was always danger in his boots.
Two goals in two games (Valencia and Rayo). Lucas asked the fans for forgiveness in Vallecas, having secured Depor’s first win of the season. The same place he’d earned his last win away from home. The circle squared. That’s how destiny is, at times cruel.
But Lucas isn’t the only one. Borges also enjoys Vallecas. His brace on his debut last season was nothing more than a prologue. The Costa Rican nodded home a Luis Alberto cross and the ghosts of the past appeared. Four goals in the top flight, three against Rayo. His favoured victim.
Up to De Burgos Bengoetxea’s opening whistle both sides had little to show for their campaigns so far. But the boldness of the two coaches, and their commitment to fast football, at times frenetic, set off a festival of exciting play and goals. After Borges made it 0-1, Depor claimed a penalty for an Embarba challenge on Lucas, which the Basque referee didn’t give, just before he ruled out a Javi Guerra goal for offside.
Rayo’s first goal of the season came from a perfect Ebert dummy, letting the ball run to Embarba who slotted home. But the joy in Vallecas didn’t last long. Just as long as it took for Luis Alberto to take advantage of a Rayo defensive blunder. With little fuss he'd managed an assist and a goal. As of that point the visitors controlled the match: short or long, defending or attacking, they were utterly effective and undid Paco’s side. Short-ciruited under the pressure of the visitors.
After the break the siege from Depor didn’t let up and Lucas was outstanding. Beating the local defence he fired home with the outside of his boot after a pass from Mosquera. The entrance of Lass and Manucho didn’t change things for Rayo, who then lost Ebert, sent off for a second yellow for protesting vehemently to the referee. Paco’s last throw of the dice was to put Fariña on, to no avail. Depor’s armada were victorious, happy even on the turbulent waters of Vallecas.