Celta ends Rayo's winning streak at home in Spanish league

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MADRID (AP) — Radamel Falcao was held scoreless as Rayo Vallecano's winning run at home was halted by Celta Vigo in the Spanish league on Monday.

The veteran Colombia striker scored the winner in Rayo's win against Barcelona in the previous round, but couldn't capitalize on his chances in drawing with Celta 0-0.

The result ended Rayo's five-match winning streak at its Vallecas Stadium this season, keeping the promoted Madrid club in sixth place, five points behind leader Real Sociedad after 12 matches.

Rayo, back in the top-flight after two consecutive years in the second division, was trying to win six in a row at home for the first time since the late 1970s. It had won 10 straight first-division league matches at home against Celta.

Celta stayed in 14th place, only two points from the relegation zone. It had lost three of its last four league matches.

Falcao's best chances came in the first half with a shot from inside the area and a close-range header. He was substituted in the 73rd minute.

“We had the most significant chances but couldn't score,” Rayo coach Andoni Iraola said. “Their goalkeeper played well.”

Winless Levante later hosted Granada in a match between teams near the bottom of the standings. Levante is the only team without a league win so far. Granada has one.


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