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Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Atletico Madrid

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.

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.

Line-ups

Rayo Vallecano

  • 13Álvarez
  • 17Marín Ruiz
  • 18Rosa Vale Castro
  • 15BaBooked at 63mins
  • 2Román Triguero
  • 8BaenaBooked at 33mins
  • 10Trashorras
  • 16Aquino
  • 23Bueno
  • 12Kakuta
  • 11PereiraSubstituted forContreiras Gonçalvesat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cobeño
  • 3Martínez García
  • 9Contreiras Gonçalves
  • 20Morcillo
  • 24Pozuelo
  • 25Licá
  • 29Embarba

Atl Madrid

  • 1Moyá Rumbo
  • 20JuanfranBooked at 90mins
  • 23Miranda
  • 2Godín
  • 15Ansaldi
  • 7GriezmannSubstituted forRodríguezat 84'minutes
  • 14Gabi
  • 4SuárezBooked at 83mins
  • 6Koke
  • 9MandzukicSubstituted forHernándezat 75'minutes
  • 11JiménezSubstituted forÑíguezat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Tiago
  • 13Oblak
  • 17Ñíguez
  • 18Gámez
  • 21Rodríguez
  • 24Giménez de Vargas
  • 27Hernández
Referee:
Carlos Clos Gómez
Attendance:
11,070

Match Stats

Home TeamRayo VallecanoAway TeamAtl Madrid
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away17

Live Text

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

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rayo Vallecano 0, Atlético de Madrid 0.
Offside, Rayo Vallecano. Roberto Trashorras tries a through ball, but Manucho is caught offside.

Booking

Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Manucho (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).
Attempt blocked. Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Koke with a cross.
Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Abdoulaye Ba.
Roberto Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid).
Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Cristian Ansaldi (Atlético de Madrid).

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Cristian Rodríguez replaces Antoine Griezmann.
Roberto Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid).

Booking

Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Javier Aquino (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid).
Tito (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid).
Attempt saved. Manucho (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Javier Aquino (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Cristian Ansaldi (Atlético de Madrid).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Quini (Rayo Vallecano) because of an injury.
Attempt blocked. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann.
Foul by Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano).
Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Gabi tries a through ball, but Juanfran is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Héctor Hernández replaces Mario Mandzukic.
Manucho (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Miranda (Atlético de Madrid).
Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Gabi tries a through ball, but Juanfran is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Javier Aquino.
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.
Roberto Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid).
Offside, Rayo Vallecano. Gaël Kakuta tries a through ball, but Abdoulaye Ba is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Gaël Kakuta (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.
Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Miranda.
Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Miranda (Atlético de Madrid).

Booking

Abdoulaye Ba (Rayo Vallecano) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Abdoulaye Ba (Rayo Vallecano).
Mario Mandzukic (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Quini (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Cristian Álvarez.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Saúl Ñíguez replaces Raúl Jiménez.
Foul by Abdoulaye Ba (Rayo Vallecano).
Mario Mandzukic (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Raúl Baena.
Attempt blocked. Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Koke.

Substitution

Substitution, Rayo Vallecano. Manucho replaces Jonathan Pereira.
Foul by Quini (Rayo Vallecano).
Koke (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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.
Foul by Abdoulaye Ba (Rayo Vallecano).
Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Quini (Rayo Vallecano).
Koke (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Roberto Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).
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