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Barcelona held by Rayo

Despite dominating most of the major statistical categories, Barcelona were forced to settle for a 0-0 in their LaLiga Santander opener against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

After a summer transfer market that saw several big names join Barcelona, Xavi handed league debuts to Andreas Christensen, Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha.

Unfortunately for the over 80,000 Blaugrana fans in attendance at the Camp Nou, the new era began with a bit of sputter thanks in large part to Stole Dimitrievski, who was instrumental in helping Rayo head back to Madrid with a point in hand.

Lewandowski thought he had opened up his account for the Blaugrana in the 12th minute after a lovely dink, only for the referee to blow the play dad for offside.

Soon after, Ousmane Dembele picked out Raphinha, who was left all alone at the edge of the box, only for the Brazilian to fire his first time effort over the bar.

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Barcelona continued to threaten, Pedri curling a first-time strike just wide of the mark soon after, but it was Rayo who had the best chance of the opening 45 minutes.

Alvaro Garcia broke down the left and did well to dribble past a sliding Ronald Araujo. However, Marc-Andre ter Stegen kept his ground and denied the Spaniard from close range to keep things level.

Rayo came close again soon after the restart. Sergio Camello found himself in on goal, but waited a fraction too long, chipping his effort over the bar from close range after Ter Stegen did just enough to block the angle.

Barcelona responded with a shot from distance by Ansu Fati, but Dimitrievski did well to push the effort out of danger as Rayo's hopes of getting something from their visit to the Camp Nou continued to grow.

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Dimitrievski denied a goal bound effort by substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while Franck Kessie's goal with two minutes remaining was correctly ruled off after Fati was offside in the buildup.

Some jeers could be heard as the final minutes played out, with Sergio Busquets adding to the disappointing evening for Barcelona by picking up a second yellow in injury time.

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