The Ray passes over Leganés

Rayo players celebrate their team's third goal, scored by Baby.

Rayo, in a great second half, achieved an important advantage against Leganés in the first leg of the second semifinal due to promotion. The 3-0 was forged thanks to the great efficiency of the Vallecano team and the gross errors in defense of the team cucumber, including those of his goalkeeper, Asier Riesgo, who had an unfortunate performance in Vallecas. Two goals by Babe and another by Álvaro ended the resistance of a firm Leganés in the first half, who also entered the game as favorites. His collapse in the continuation was very striking. This Saturday the Almería-Girona is played (also with a 3-0 for the Catalans) and on Sunday the return of this Madrid derby that Rayo has quite on track. The final will take place on June 13 and 20.

The lucky 847 spectators who returned to Vallecas, not without some difficulties at the entrance to the venue, attended a highly contested match from the start, where both teams tried not to leave any loose details. A rough clash, very equal, with a Ray that always tried a little more, but without the ability to disrupt the good defensive structure of Leganés. Asier Garitano, on his return, has set up a pretty solid team. El Rayo moved under the command of Trejo, its captain, who still appeals to dribbling as a great football argument. However, he only shot once on goal on Asier Riesgo’s goal in the first half. A volley from Isi well resolved by the Basque goalkeeper.

The best occasion for this first act actually came quite early. After three minutes, center-back Sergio González headed in from a corner kick. Luca Zidane put in a good hand to avoid the 0-1. It was a clear option, but the only one of the visitors in the first half.

The reliability shown by Leganés was magically undone in five terrible minutes for the interests of the Garitano team. Rayo took advantage of the errors in the Leganés defense very well. Isi sent a good ball into the area, but Álvaro broke in too much just to make it 1-0. Three minutes later, an error in the exit of the ball was taken advantage of by Baby, who ended up making the second after cutting and shooting through the center. The ball passed under the body to Riesgo. Too many rude mistakes in such an important match. The best quality of Leganés, his defensive strength, definitely exploded in pieces in the discount. Babe, with a bad shoulder, launched a long-range foul that Riesgo swallowed. With four shots on target, Rayo had gained a great advantage against a weak Leganés, who collapsed in a disastrous second half for their interests. Rayo, intelligent, knew how to get ahead on the scoreboard and then surprise his rival with fast counterattacks led by Babe, a great revulsive, and Álvaro, very active. Andoni Iraola, his coach, read the game with great intelligence.

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