Three goals in six first-half minutes had promised a free-scoring
match but after the early excitement there was precious little for the
fans at Campo de Futbol de Vallecas.
Andrija Delibasic put the host ahead in the seventh minute but its lead was short-lived with Raoul Loe equalising a minute later before
Alejandro Arribas gave the visitors a surprise lead.
Piti equalised 12 minutes into the second half but a point does
little for Rayo as it leaves it four points behind sixth-placed
Malaga, which occupies the final European spot.
Rayo made an ideal start as it took a seventh-minute lead with the first attack of the game.
Alhassane Bangoura's cross from the right found Delibasic in the
six-yard box and he headed the ball down into the left-hand corner of
However, the host's joy was short-lived with the visitors equalising just 71 seconds later.
Alvaro Cejudo sent in an outswinging corner from the right which Loe attacked, heading high into the net.
The breathless start continued unabated and after having found itself a goal down, Osasuna found itself 2-1 up in the 13th
Miguel De las Cuevas' shot was saved by Martinez Ruben and from the
subsequent corner, David Timor found Arribas at the far post with the
midfielder heading into the bottom corner.
After such an intense opening, it was naturally going to settle down
with no clear opportunities created by either side in the remainder of
the first half.
Piti fired wide for Rayo shortly after the resumption before Jose
Carlos' shot from distance was comfortably held by Osasuna goalkeeper
Rayo drew level in the 57th minute when Piti was found by Alejandro
Dominguez and the striker slotted into the bottom left-hand corner.
Francisco Silva's shot was comfortably gathered by Ruben but there
was precious little in attacking play as the clock ticked down.