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Barcelona player ratings vs Rayo Vallecano: Pedri poor and Oriol Romeu crumbles as pressure grows on Xavi despite salvaging late draw

A late Rayo Vallecano own goal redeemed an otherwise miserable Barcelona performance, as the reigning La Liga champions dropped points in the title race yet again on Saturday. A deserved first-half goal from Unai Lopez gave Rayo the lead, before an 82nd-minute blunder from Florian Lejeune saw Barca snatch a 1-1 draw that they did little to deserve.

Rayo almost took the lead early on, when a Frenkie de Jong mistake handed the home side a clear chance, but goalkeeper Inaki Pena - in for the injured Marc-Andre ter Stegen - kept it out. Barca offered glimpses of a response, as most of them came through Lamine Yamal, who deserved a goal after a fine solo run.

The home side were good value for their opener as Lopez unleashed a fine strike from long range after the Blaugrana failed to clear a Rayo set piece. Barca offered more attacking thrust in the second half, though, as Ferran Torres put a good chance right at the goalkeeper, Pedri nodded one narrowly over the bar and Raphinha rattled the post after coming on.

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The Barcelona equaliser wasn't particularly deserved, though, as Lejeune somewhat unfortunately diverted a cross into his own net. Xavi's side have now dropped points in three of their last four contests, and can already see their hopes of defending the title slipping away.

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