Radamel Falcao enjoyed a perfect debut for Rayo Vallecano, scoring 10 minutes after going on as a late substitute to complete a 3-0 win over Getafe in a derby between the Spanish capital’s two more modest clubs.
The veteran striker went on as a 71st-minute substitute with Rayo 1-0 ahead. Midfielder Pathé Ciss doubled the lead shortly before he set up Falcao with a pass for the Colombian to score from an angle.
Oscar Trejo put Rayo ahead with a penalty nine minutes into the match at Vallecas Stadium.
Rayo goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski denied Getafe a late goal when he saved Enes Unal’s penalty.
Rayo has two wins, a draw, and two defeats in its return to Spain’s top division.
Getafe is last after losing all five games.
The 35-year-old Falcao signed with Rayo this month as a free agent.
“I had dreamed of being able to go out there and score a goal,” Falcao said. “My teammates have given me a lot of support. I feel right at home.”
Many Rayo fans recall Falcao’s two seasons with Atlético from 2011-13, when he helped it win the Europa League and the Copa del Rey. He went on to Monaco, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Galatasaray, where he played until the end of last season.