MADRID — Rayo Vallecano beat Getafe 2-0 in the Spanish league on Monday, dealing their crosstown rival a fifth consecutive loss.
Manucho tapped in Emiliano Insua’s cross to open the scoring at Rayo’s Vallecas Stadium in the eight minute.
Nicolas ”Miku” Ladislao replaced Manucho up front in the 61st, and 12 minutes later capped a flowing buildup by scoring against his former club.
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Getafe’s Roberto Lago and Rayo’s Javier Aquino both earned straight red cards for a scuffle with three minutes to play.
With only one loss in their last five games, the modest Rayo side strengthened their hold on 11th place in the 20-team league.
Getafe was left in 15th place. At five points above the drop zone, it has yet to secure its place in the topflight next season with two rounds to go.
”Clearly, the long season is wearing us down,” said Getafe midfielder Pedro Leon. ”But there is no other choice than to keep going, and those of us who are fit have to get ready to give it our all for Eibar next.”
The final two rounds, however, are in doubt after the Spanish federation announced it was suspending all matches from Saturday in protest at a proposed law regulating the sale of broadcasting rights. A Spanish court said it will rule on the strike on Wednesday.
Barcelona can clinch the league title with one win in their last two games.