Blow again for Koeman: Barça loses due to misses Dest and Memphis

The problems for FC Barcelona and Ronald Koeman are getting bigger and bigger. The Catalans went down 1-0 at Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday, partly due to a missed Memphis Depay penalty.
Koeman could not appeal to Rayo Vallecano for Frenkie de Jong, Pedri and Ansu Fati, among others. The Dutchman gave Sergio Agüero his basic debut, while Philippe Coutinho, among others, appeared at the kickoff. Soon it turned out that Barcelona was once again not going to have an easy evening. The first dangerous moments took place for the purpose of Marc-André ter Stegen.
After half an hour, the assignment for Barça only became more difficult. Radamel ‘El Tigre’ Falcao sent Gerard Piqué into the forest and shot the 1-0. Like Real Madrid, Sergiño Dest had a huge chance to give back, but after a good Memphis action, he shot up close. Much more did not show Catalans before rest.

roars against Barcelona! 🐯 A nice action and ditto completion of Radamel Falcao on behalf of Rayo Vallecano 🤩 Ronald Koeman and Barça back log 👎🏻 #ZiggoSport #RayoBarca #LaLiga pic.twitter.com/1f4f0FXBLT
— Ziggo Sports Football (@ZS_Voetbal) October 27, 2021

In the second half, Nico González, one of the sparse bright spots on the Barça-side, was close after a good running action, but again it was not supposed to be. Agüero also failed to pull the trigger twice, which started to push the time for the difficult playing Barcelona. Óscar seemed to give the teased Catalans the helping hand, when he stumbled Memphis in the penalty area twenty minutes before time. The Dutchman was allowed to dock from eleven metres, but goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski returned his commitment.
It turned out to be a particularly expensive miss. Barcelona tried it and even got two possibilities in the eight-minute injury time, but it stayed at 1-0, so Barcelona is getting further behind in the Spanish title battle. Koeman‘s team gets stuck in nine-place. The pressure will only increase for the former national coach of Orange.

Memphis! 😱 The attacker deserves the penalty himself, but Rayo’s goalkeeper is in the right corner ✖️ #ZiggoSport #RayoBarca #LaLiga pic.twitter.com/r30FhBAqCI
— Ziggo Sports Football (@ZS_Voetbal) October 27, 2021