MADRID (AP) — Valencia secured its return to the Champions League by beating Valladolid 2-0 in the final round of the Spanish league on Saturday.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid just can't wait for the season to end.
Even the usually mild-mannered Zinedine Zidane lost his patience after his team's latest setback, a 1-0 loss to...
MADRID (AP) — First it was Valencia. Then Sevilla. And finally Getafe.
Three teams fighting for the coveted final Champions League spot in the Spanish league all lost on Sunday, leaving the...
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid continued to struggle in away matches under coach Zinedine Zidane with a 1-0 defeat to second-to-last Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish league on Sunday, practically ending...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Valencia and Athletic Bilbao kept up their strong run of form on Sunday in the chase for the final Champions League spot in Spain.
MADRID (AP) — Rayo Vallecano has hired Paco Jemez as coach as it tries to escape the relegation zone in the Spanish league.
Jemez replaces Michel, who was let go on Tuesday with the team...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With Lionel Messi in top form, Barcelona looks ready to erase its Champions League frustrations.
Messi made sure Barcelona backed up consecutive wins over Real Madrid...
MADRID (AP) — Rayo Vallecano lost 2-0 to visiting Girona on Friday, missing a chance to leave the relegation zone in the Spanish league.
It was the fifth straight defeat for the Madrid club,...
MADRID (AP) — Leganes held on with 10 men to beat Rayo Vallecano 2-1 in the Spanish league on Monday.
The victory moved Leganes three points in front of Rayo, the first team inside the relegation zone after 22 matches.
The Madrid clubs entered the match at Vallecas Stadium tied on points near the bottom of the standings.
MADRID (AP) — Rayo Vallecano defeated Alaves 1-0 on Monday to leave the Spanish league's relegation zone for the first time.
Raul de Tomas scored with a header early in the second half to give Rayo its fourth win in its last five league matches.
The result moved Rayo to 17th in the standings, two points clear of the bottom three teams.
Celta Vigo entered the demotion zone, above Villarreal and Huesca.
MADRID (AP) — Forward Raul de Tomas scored a hat trick to lead Rayo Vallecano to a 4-2 win over Celta Vigo on Friday, boosting its chances of escaping the Spanish league's relegation zone.
After he curled in a free kick in the fourth minute, Celta equalized through defender Nestor Araujo and took the lead in the 18th through striker Maxi Gomez's penalty.
De Tomas made it 2-2 in the 37th, after a video review overturned an initial offside call, and then volleyed home a pass in the 77th.
MADRID (AP) — Rayo Vallecano defeated Eibar 1-0 in the Spanish league on Friday, ending an 11-match winless streak.
Adrian Embarba scored from close range in the 53rd minute to give Rayo its first victory since September in all competitions.
It was Rayo's first win in eight matches this season at its Vallecas Stadium in Madrid.
MADRID (AP) — Sevilla couldn't manage more than a 0-0 draw at Real Sociedad on Sunday and lost ground to Barcelona at the top of the Spanish league.
The draw left second-place Sevilla four points behind Barcelona, which rallied to win 3-2 at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. Barcelona also gained from a draw by third-place Atletico Madrid at Leganes on Saturday and a loss by fourth-place Alaves at Eibar on Sunday.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Luis Suarez is making sure Barcelona keeps on winning without the injured Lionel Messi.
Suarez came to the rescue of Barcelona on Saturday with a two-goal performance that included a 90th-minute winner to cap a 3-2 comeback at Rayo Vallecano.
Suarez's double gives him six goals for Barcelona since Messi went down with a broken right forearm on Oct. 20. He leads the Spanish league with nine goals in 11 rounds.
MADRID (AP) — Luis Suarez netted his second goal of a 3-2 comeback win at Rayo Vallecano in the 90th minute on Saturday, extending his scoring run with Lionel Messi injured.
Rayo was winning the Spanish league match 2-1 until the 87th when substitute Ousmane Dembele drilled in a headed back pass by defender Gerard Pique, who joined the attack.
Suarez then scored his second goal to complete the fightback when he was left unmarked to stab in Sergi Roberto's cross at the far post.
MADRID (AP) — Emergency services say three people were hurt when radical fan groups supporting Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano clashed before a Spanish league match on Saturday.
Emergency services for Madrid say the three were taken from near Vallecas Stadium to a hospital to receive treatment for cuts and bruises.
Barcelona says in a statement it "laments and condemns" the fighting, which was near Rayo's stadium according to Spanish media reports.
MADRID (AP) — Espanyol was held 2-2 at promoted Rayo Vallecano on Friday, missing a chance to join Barcelona and Real Madrid at the top of the Spanish league.
Espanyol led 2-1 at halftime but was pegged back early in the second half at Vallecas Stadium. An injury-time penalty for Espanyol was reversed after a video review showed the foul was outside the area.
Espanyol is two points behind the league leaders ahead of this weekend's matches.
MADRID (AP) — Rayo Vallecano defeated Huesca 1-0 for its first win of the season in a match between promoted clubs in the Spanish league on Friday.
Giannelli Imbula scored the winner with a long-range shot into the top corner in the 29th minute at Huesca's El Acoraz Stadium, the 7,500-capacity venue which was hosting a first-division match for the first time.
Rayo found the net again in the second half but the goal by Raul de Tomas was called off with assistance from the VAR because of a foul.
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league says this weekend's game between Rayo Vallecano and Athletic Bilbao has been postponed over safety concerns at the stadium used by Rayo in Madrid.
The league says the Vallecas Stadium will not be allowed to host matches open to the public until renovation work is finished.
Monday's decision comes after a meeting involving the league, the newly promoted club and Madrid officials over the community-owned stadium in the Spanish capital.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — World Cup winners Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele scored second-half goals to give Atletico Madrid and Barcelona 1-0 victories over promoted teams on Saturday.
Dembele rifled in a headed pass from Sergi Roberto in the 57th minute to help defending champion Barcelona triumph at Valladolid and secure a second victory in as many Spanish league games this season.
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league saw a new official in action on Sunday — the video assistant referee.
VAR reversed two calls in Sevilla's 4-1 win at promoted Rayo Vallecano. Sevilla was awarded a 79th-minute goal by Andre Silva that had been initially disallowed because of offside, and about five minutes later Rayo was given a penalty kick after a foul had been originally called outside the area. Adrian Embarba converted the penalty for the hosts.
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league begins this weekend with small club Huesca making its first-division debut and traditional teams Rayo Vallecano and Valladolid returning to the top flight.
The three promoted clubs replace Malaga, Las Palmas and Deportivo La Coruna, which were relegated last season.
Girona, Levante and Getafe — the promoted teams two years ago — are all staying in the top tier for another season.
Here's a look at the new teams in Spain's first division this season:
MADRID (AP) — Rayo Vallecano earned promotion to Spain's top division after beating Lugo 1-0 in a second-tier league game on Sunday.
Alex Moreno's goal for the hosts in the 40th minute sealed Rayo's return to La Liga after two seasons away.
Huesca had already secured promotion last weekend with a 2-0 victory at Lugo.
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league will take legal action against 17 people who allegedly threatened Ukraine striker Roman Zozulya after his transfer to second-division club Rayo Vallecano.
League president Javier Tebas said Wednesday that the league has decided to file a criminal lawsuit because the incident could harm the image of the Spanish league and of Spain.
MADRID (AP) — Real Betis players showed their support for Ukrainian striker Roman Zozulya, who returned to the club after a failed transfer to Rayo Vallecano because of protests by fans who accused him of links to radical groups back home.
Players and coach Victor Sanchez appeared at a news conference Thursday to condemn the "public lynching of a player whose professional and personal behavior has been impeccable since he arrived."
MADRID (AP) — The loan of Ukraine striker Roman Zozulya from Real Betis to second-division club Rayo Vallecano is being called off after protests from Spanish fans who accused the player of having connections to radical groups back home.
Real Betis director Miguel Torrecilla said Wednesday that the clubs had agreed to scrap the move to "protect the person and the player."