Rayo Vallecano earn promotion to La Liga after a two-year absence with narrow win over Lugo
Rayo Vallecano, the Madrid side known for championing left-wing political causes and their small but passionate fan base, won automatic promotion back to La Liga after a two-year absence by beating Lugo
Madrid: Rayo Vallecano, the Madrid side known for championing left-wing political causes and their small but passionate fan base, won automatic promotion back to La Liga after a two-year absence by beating Lugo 1-0 at home on Sunday.
Rayo had spurned an opportunity to seal their return to the top flight last week by losing 4-0 at Alcorcon but they seized on their second chance thanks to a volley from winger Alex Moreno in the 39th minute and held on to their lead with the help of a boisterous atmosphere.
Their promotion means there will be five teams from the Spanish capital playing in La Liga next season for the first time ever, joining Getafe, Leganes, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.
Rayo gained international attention by releasing an away strip in 2015 to donate to seven social causes including LGBT rights, and they also paid the rent of a local supporter who had been evicted from her home in the wake of the recent economic crisis.
Rayo top the Segunda Division standings on 76 points with one game remaining, one above Huesca who sealed their promotion to La Liga for the first time last Monday.
LaLiga: Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman handed two-match ban after being sent off in draw against Cadiz
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) disciplinary opted to hand the Dutchman the shortest permitted suspension after his sending off in the final minute for arguing with officials as 10-man Barcelona limped to a goalless draw.
Ronald Koeman is adamant Barcelona will be better soon but he heads to Granada in La Liga on Monday under pressure, with his team accused not just of losing but of losing their identity.
The Welsh captain has not played since the goalless draw against Estonia on 8 September after being injured on his return to Real Madrid.