FC Barcelona's hopes of extending their winning streak were dashed as they were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Rayo Vallecano at the Estadio de Vallecas on Saturday, November 25, 2023. The result leaves the Blaugrana in third place in La Liga, three points behind leaders Real Madrid.

Rayo Strikes First

Rayo Vallecano took the lead in the 39th minute through Unai Lopez, who curled a stunning free-kick into the top corner of the net. Barcelona were caught off guard by the strike and struggled to create clear-cut chances in the first half.

Barcelona Responds After the Break

Barcelona came out with renewed vigor in the second half and were rewarded with an equalizer in the 82nd minute. Memphis Depay latched onto a pass from Jordi Alba and fired a powerful shot past Rayo goalkeeper Diego Lopez.

Late Drama

There was late drama in the match as both teams had opportunities to win the game. Barcelona had a penalty shout waved away in the 90th minute, while Rayo had a chance to steal the victory in injury time, but Oscar Trejo failed to convert from close range.

Significance of the Result

The result was a disappointing one for Barcelona, who were looking to continue their recent resurgence. For Rayo Vallecano, it was a creditable draw against one of La Liga's top teams.

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