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Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Atletico Madrid

Atletico coach Diego Simeone

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.

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 Melero
  • 25Pereira Carneiro
  • 29Embarba

Atl Madrid

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

Substitutes

  • 5Cardoso Mendes
  • 13Oblak
  • 17Saúl
  • 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

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Booking

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

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

  7. Post update

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

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    Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Abdoulaye Ba.

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

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    Foul by Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid).

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Cristian Ansaldi (Atlético de Madrid).

  13. Substitution

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

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid).

  16. Booking

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

  17. Post update

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

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    Foul by Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid).

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

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    Foul by Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid).