2018/19 in Pictures: Game 25

Just a short update in between two bigger ones as I witness my first 0-0 of the season. Somehow.

Game 25: Rayo Majadahonda 0-0 Deportivo La Coruña (Estadio Cerro del Espino, Majadahonda. Madrid – 2.12.2018)

I’m still at a loss as to how this game finished 0-0.

Originally this game was to have been played at the Wanda Metropolitano, where Rayo had played all their previous home games this season. But just over a week before matchday, they announced they’d be going home for this game. Home being the 3,500 capacity Estadio Cerro del Espino in Majadahonda. My heart sank. With buying tickets on the day my only realistic option, I thought there was no way I’d get to it.

But help arrived on Friday morning. Blog reader Brandy Boyle contacted me on Twitter offering me use of his spare Rayo season ticket for the game. Plans were made and we agreed to catch the bus to Majadahonda from Moncloa on Sunday morning.

A Galician-style pea-souper in Majadahonda

It was a very foggy morning in Majadahonda and we briefly considered the possibility of the game not going ahead. After retreating indoors for a coffee and a look through the morning newspapers, we headed back to the ground and soon met up with Lester Drake, another reader and Spanish football enthusiast. As someone who goes to a lot of matches by myself these days, it’s always pleasant to have people to chat to. The conversation certainly made the time during this match fly by.

Not that the match was bad by any means. In fact it was probably one of the most open and entertaining 0-0’s you’ll ever see. Rayo began the game well, shooting towards the end where their most vocal fans were gathered and went close on a number of occasions.

Depor, despite their position near the top of the table, looked poor in comparison but gradually began to put some passes together and play like promotion contenders. In the second half they began to dominate and had a goal ruled out as sub Borja Valle was offside as he converted. Then almost immediately Rayo had the ball in the net, but it was ruled out for a foul. In the closing stages momentum swung back and forth like crazy as both sides pushed for the breakthrough, but it never came.

Obviously it was disappointing to see my run ended at 24 games, but if they’re half as good as this one, a few more 0-0’s wouldn’t be so bad!

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