BARCELONA, Spain — Espanyol salvaged a point in an ill-tempered 1-1 draw against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday to keep both sides in the middle of the Spanish league.
Espanyol almost scored early in the 15th minute when Anaitz Arbilla's free kick hit the crossbar but went behind when Rayo left back Emiliano Insua struck for the visitors in the 29th after a one-two exchange with Alberto Bueno.
The second half started with Espanyol striker Felipe Caicedo needing to be carried off after receiving a knock on the head.
More scuffles and fouls followed until Espanyol defender Hector Moreno equalized in the 80th when his cross found the net.
Espanyol rose to ninth, while Rayo slipped to 12th.