Another step back from Almería in the fight for direct promotion positions. The team from Almería saw how a goal by Baby in 89 ’tilted the duel in favor of Rayo (0-0), complicating their options for a direct promotion.
It was a duel between two candidates for promotion and it was noticeable in the level that both showed from a good start. El Rayo prioritized defensive security against a somewhat looser Almería, although Andoni Iraola’s men also enjoyed excellent chances to win something more from the Mediterranean Games.
The initial 0-0 was maintained for much of the duel, especially thanks to the good work of Andoni Iraola’s footballers. El Rayo was able to hold on to an Almería who was left with one less player in the 70 ‘minute due to Ivanildo’s expulsion, and then dealt the final blow with a spark from Baby.
The Portuguese forward entered the 78 ‘and just ten minutes later he adjusted a shot to the post to beat Fernando and give Rayo three very important points to establish themselves in the promotion zone.