Diego Simeone watched from the stands as Spanish champions Atletico Madrid made a stuttering start to their La Liga title defence at Rayo Vallecano.

The Argentine coach, starting an eight-match ban, saw his side create little against their Madrid neighbours.

New striker Mario Mandzukic wasted their best chances as Atletico failed to match the opening weekend wins by title rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Keeper Miguel Angel Moya stretched to stop Rayo's Manucho heading a winner.

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The ex-Manchester United striker also saw Moya keep out his overhead kick in the final 10 minutes, ensuring the visitors left with a hard-fought point.

Los Rojiblancos won the title by finishing three points ahead of illustrious rivals Barca and Real, but have lost several key players from that side over the summer.

Spain striker Diego Costa, who scored 27 league goals, and Brazil left-back Filipe Luis both moved to Chelsea, while Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois returned to the Premier League club after a three-year loan spell at the Vicente Calderon.

Both Real and Barcelona have spent over £100m on new players this summer, leaving boss Simeone to admit that Atletico are now "in a different league" to their rivals.

However, a new-look Atletico lifted the two-legged Super Cup - Spain's traditional season opener - with a 2-1 aggregate victory over Real last week.

Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic

New striker Mario Mandzukic wasted two half chances for Atletico, but was given little service throughout

Arguably their most important move of the summer was keeping hold of their inspirational coach Simeone, but the Argentine was missing from the visiting bench as he began a lengthy suspension for his fiery behaviour during the Super Cup.

And Atletico seemed to miss his presence on the touchline as they lacked purpose and direction.

Mandzukic arrived from Bayern Munich earlier this summer as Costa's replacement and the Croatian was unable to add to the goal which beat Real in the Super Cup.

Midway through the first half, he slid a low cross into the side-netting before firing an angled shot into the body of home keeper Cristian Alvarez moments later.

Rayo, who finished 12th in the Spanish top-flight last season, grew in confidence after offering greater threat in the second half, but Atletico hung on.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Rayo Vallecano

  • 13 Álvarez
  • 17 Marín Ruiz
  • 18 Rosa Vale Castro
  • 15 Ba Booked
  • 02 Román Triguero
  • 08 Baena Booked
  • 10 Trashorras
  • 16 Aquino
  • 23 Bueno
  • 12 Kakuta
  • 11 Pereira (Contreiras Gonçalves - 55' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Cobeño
  • 03 Martínez García
  • 09 Contreiras Gonçalves
  • 20 Morcillo
  • 24 Pozuelo
  • 25 Licá
  • 29 Embarba

Atlético Madrid

  • 01 Moyá Rumbo
  • 20 Juanfran Booked
  • 23 Miranda
  • 02 Godín
  • 15 Ansaldi
  • 07 Griezmann (Rodríguez - 84' )
  • 14 Gabi
  • 04 Suárez Booked
  • 06 Koke
  • 09 Mandzukic (Hernández - 75' )
  • 11 Jiménez (Ñíguez - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Tiago
  • 13 Oblak
  • 17 Ñíguez
  • 18 Gámez
  • 21 Rodríguez
  • 24 Giménez de Vargas
  • 27 Hernández
Ref: Carlos Clos Gómez
Att: 11,070

Match Stats

Shots

8 9

On target

2 2

Corners

2 4

Fouls

13 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Rayo Vallecano 0, Atlético de Madrid 0.

90:00 +3:08 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Rayo Vallecano 0, Atlético de Madrid 0.

90:00 +2:43

Offside, Rayo Vallecano. Roberto Trashorras tries a through ball, but Manucho is caught offside.

90:00 +1:54 Booking

Booking Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +1:49

Manucho (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:49

Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

89:14

Attempt blocked. Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Koke with a cross.

88:52

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Abdoulaye Ba.

88:03

Roberto Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:03

Foul by Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid).

84:23

Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:23

Foul by Cristian Ansaldi (Atlético de Madrid).

83:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Cristian Rodríguez replaces Antoine Griezmann.

83:42

Roberto Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:42

Foul by Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid).

82:26 Booking

Booking Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

82:19

Javier Aquino (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:19

Foul by Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid).

81:29

Tito (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:29

Foul by Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid).

79:29

Attempt saved. Manucho (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

78:27

Javier Aquino (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick on the right wing.

78:27

Cristian Ansaldi (Atlético de Madrid).

77:25

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

76:39

Delay in match Quini (Rayo Vallecano) because of an injury.

76:29

Attempt blocked. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann.

75:55

Foul by Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano).

75:55

Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:56

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Gabi tries a through ball, but Juanfran is caught offside.

74:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Héctor Hernández replaces Mario Mandzukic.

73:03

Manucho (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:03

Foul by Miranda (Atlético de Madrid).

72:32

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Gabi tries a through ball, but Juanfran is caught offside.

71:35

Attempt blocked. Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Javier Aquino.

70:48

Attempt saved. Manucho (Rayo Vallecano) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Javier Aquino with a cross.

69:04

Roberto Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:04

Foul by Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid).

68:15

Offside, Rayo Vallecano. Gaël Kakuta tries a through ball, but Abdoulaye Ba is caught offside.

68:14

Attempt missed. Gaël Kakuta (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

67:47

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Miranda.

64:09

Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:09

Foul by Miranda (Atlético de Madrid).

62:05 Booking

Booking Abdoulaye Ba (Rayo Vallecano) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:57

Foul by Abdoulaye Ba (Rayo Vallecano).

61:57

Mario Mandzukic (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:26

Attempt missed. Quini (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Cristian Álvarez.

61:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Saúl Ñíguez replaces Raúl Jiménez.

58:53

Foul by Abdoulaye Ba (Rayo Vallecano).

58:53

Mario Mandzukic (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:23

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Raúl Baena.

57:22

Attempt blocked. Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Koke.

54:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rayo Vallecano. Manucho replaces Jonathan Pereira.

54:14

Foul by Quini (Rayo Vallecano).

54:14

Koke (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:56

Attempt missed. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gabi following a set piece situation.

51:53

Foul by Abdoulaye Ba (Rayo Vallecano).

51:53

Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:09

Foul by Quini (Rayo Vallecano).

51:09

Koke (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:45

Roberto Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:45

Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

49:53

Abdoulaye Ba (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:53

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Atlético de Madrid).

47:36

Foul by Gaël Kakuta (Rayo Vallecano).

47:36

Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:21

Gaël Kakuta (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:21

Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

45:28

Attempt missed. Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gaël Kakuta.

45:00

Second Half begins Rayo Vallecano 0, Atlético de Madrid 0.

45:00 +0:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Rayo Vallecano 0, Atlético de Madrid 0.

44:28

Abdoulaye Ba (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:28

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Atlético de Madrid).

42:54

Foul by Jonathan Pereira (Rayo Vallecano).

42:54

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:34

Foul by Raúl Baena (Rayo Vallecano).

41:34

Koke (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:11

Abdoulaye Ba (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:11

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Atlético de Madrid).

38:09

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Quini.

32:31 Booking

Booking Raúl Baena (Rayo Vallecano) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

32:25

Foul by Raúl Baena (Rayo Vallecano).

32:25

Mario Mandzukic (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:03

Attempt missed. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mario Suárez.

27:13

Roberto Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:13

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

26:15

Attempt saved. Mario Mandzukic (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez.

25:30

Attempt saved. Mario Mandzukic (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

24:51

Attempt missed. Mario Mandzukic (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Cristian Ansaldi with a cross.

23:34

Dangerous play by Javier Aquino (Rayo Vallecano).

23:34

Mario Mandzukic (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:02

Attempt missed. Roberto Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

18:04

Hand ball by Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano).

17:13

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Cristian Ansaldi tries a through ball, but Koke is caught offside.

13:38

Attempt missed. Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Pereira.

13:31

Attempt blocked. Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

9:48

Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Miranda.

6:14

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Miranda tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside.

3:25

Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:25

Foul by Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid).

2:27

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Raúl Baena.

1:34

Foul by Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano).

1:34

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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