36 year-old José María Movilla became the oldest person to play for Rayo Vallecano in Primera on Sunday, and he marked the occasion by netting the game-trying goal against Athletic Bilbao in San Mamés, Bilbao.
Both teams came into the match with something to prove: Athletic Bilbao was looking to make a mark with their new coach Marcelo Bielsa, and Rayo was looking to prove that they belong in la Liga. Both teams more or less managed to accomplish their objectives, though Bielsa will rue various missed opportunities both before and after Iturraspe’s 55th minute strike.
Rayo will be happy to grab a point from a notoriously tough stadium: they’re the first newly-ascended team in the history of the Liga to not lose in their debut in San Mamés.
FYI: Euskatel-Euskadi cycling star Sami Sánchez did the honorary kick-off before the match. Sánchez is not Basque.