Poor effort on Jonas' goal. The custodian reacted as if he didn't even expect a shot to come in and was out of position. The reason why the team went down early. Could do little on the second.
The top player at the back for the home side. Marked Soldado well and almost levelled the scoreline with a header late in the first half. Delightful display.
Decent on the ball, but he was not involved much as Valencia opted to play down the left side. Quiet evening.
Not his best effort and failed to close down on Mathieu, which led to Jonas' strike. Looked out of sync and simply tired, but nearly found a goal 10 minutes from time with a lovely first-timer that went just wide.
A threat from outside the box throughout the game, the Spaniard was a bright spot. He moved well, worked hard, and nearly surprised Alves on a few occasions.
Decent and nothing more. Had a few shots from deep as that was all his team could muster for the majority of the game. Played crisp passes and held the ball well, but nothing special.
The team's star player was anything but. Many may question if he even played. The team's leading goalscorer wasn't even close to getting one on this night.
The veteran midfielder didn't shy away from testing Alves from deep and also sent in numerous dangerous crosses. Lively all evening, nearly setting up a few goals.
Posed a threat on the wing by delivering crosses, but like the rest of the attack, he had little room to create anything.
Quick on the ball, but had trouble getting by Albelda, who marked him well. Aided in defence by tracking back, but it was an anonymous performance overall.
Strong, clinical and intelligent: All things that the Montenegro man wasn't. Such a poor display. He did nothing at all other than pass a few balls back.
The former Almeria man could do nothing on Tamudo's goal, but he was confident in the box. Made a nice save late in the first half to deny Arribas. Much better league performance than last time out against Real Madrid.
The defender was beaten by Tamudo on the goal and also had some shaky passes. Valencia missed Victor Ruiz on the night as his replacement looked anything but comfortable.
His new haircut will get more recognition than his display. It wasn't his fault, though, as the former Lille star just didn't have much to do as Rayo resorted to long shots for most of the contest. He did head a few clearances wide, however.
The Frenchman is becoming more of a threat in attack ever since Unai Emery opted to play him in the midfield. He has a tremendous left foot that can punish from deep, and it was on display. He also worked well to play wide and assisted Jonas for the opening goal.
The young Valencia man is turning into a solid option in defence. He showed great poise with the ball, also marking the opposition well in one-on-one confrontations.
Great display from the quick Spaniard, who was able to get involved in attack and in defence. Moved well and communicated superbly as the defenders enjoyed an easy 80 minutes.
Scored a brilliant second with a typical left-footed strike. The Argentine has done well to replace Ever Banega in midfield, and showed that again on Saturday.
Assisted Tino Costa with a fine, well-placed cross. Would have liked to have been more involved, though. Solid, but not great. Subbed off in second half.
Sturdy and strong as usual. The captain was confident and demanded effort from his players. Did well to shut down Lass and the Rayo midfield.
Not the most exciting player to watch, but he does his job. The Brazilian did that with his first-half strike, catching the Rayo defence off guard. Was taken off in the second half.
Never really posed a threat on goal, but he did have a hand in Costa's effort by playing Feghouli down the left. Taken off for Aduriz with 30 minutes to go.
- 13 Dani Giménez
- 4 Labaka
The midfielder could not get into a rhythm as a second-half sub. Aside from a few passes, his performance was nothing to call home about.
Short cameo that had little impact.
The experienced attacker came on as the hope of a draw began to slip. He found the net six minutes from time with a strike in the box to make things interesting, doing what he was called upon to do.
- 19 Koke
- 13 Guaita
- 2 Bruno
- 21 Dani Parejo
Had 20 minutes to show his worth. The winger played a few passes to the corner and worked well to hold on to the ball, but he did not get a good look on goal as Valencia suffered late on.
- 5 M. Topal
Late sub who made little impact.
Came on for Soldado but probably could have stayed on the bench. Valencia looked for possession to win the game late on, and control of the ball is not one of his strengths. Has fallen out of favour this season with the emergence of Jonas.