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LaLiga : Mallorca steal late winner at home, punishing Rayo’s errors

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Mallorca edged out Rayo Vallecano 2-1 in a dramatic late-game thriller at the Estadi Mallorca Son Moix. This victory ends their five-game winless run and moves them within one point of their opponents in the La Liga table.

Goals were scarce in the first half, reflecting the fact that two of the league’s least prolific teams were facing off. The best chance fell to Rayo as Espino’s shot spilled to Isi, but he scuffed his shot straight back into the goalkeeper’s arms.

The second half started differently for Mallorca. An unfortunate headed clearance by Rayo’s Valentín gifted a golden opportunity to Sánchez, who volleyed home to put the hosts in front. However, Rayo responded quickly through García, capitalizing on another defensive error to draw level.

Muriqi, returning from injury, almost put Mallorca back in the lead with a powerful shot, but it wasn’t until stoppage time that he truly made his mark. A flick-on from a corner found the Kosovan striker unmarked, and he headed home the winner to send the Son Moix into raptures.

This victory extends Mallorca’s remarkable unbeaten home run against Rayo in La Liga to 10 matches, while Rayo’s winless streak extends to six games, raising concerns about their potential involvement in the relegation battle.

Man of the Match: Vedat Muriqi (Mallorca)

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