The Atlético de Madrid took the three points against him Spanish with a comeback in injury time. Simeone’s team arrived at 1-1 and took advantage of the ten extra minutes added by the referee. Lemar made it 1-2 and gave the current La Liga champion all three points. [Narración y estadísticas: Espanyol 1-2 Atlético de Madrid]
Espanyol knew they had a golden opportunity. After three days without winning, and without even seeing the goal, the Catalan team saw the option of surprising Atlético. And he did it for much of regulation time. Strong from the start, those of Vicente Moreno they put one more march to the party. So much so that they were close to taking advantage of a mistake in minute 4 by Savic that Oblak managed to leave nothing.
Melendo tried shortly after with a dangerous volley in the area. Atlético suffered and only Marcos Llorente generated some tension in the periquita defense. Espanyol liked each other and the fans noticed it. The atmosphere and the sensations were opposite to the doubts of other days. And it showed in the game. Raúl de Tomás, active throughout the game, gave a new scare. Broke the defensive line, dribbled to Oblak and Felipe drew his shot under sticks. Luckily for Simeone, the defender was on the line and the referee canceled the action for offside. The warning was there.
The reward would finally come before the break. A corner and, of course, Raúl de Tomás via. The forward won from behind and struck perfectly with the head. Espanyol got what they had been looking for so long and Atlético went to the changing rooms with the need to change something as soon as possible.
Atlético hit the key
The second part was clearly red and white. In fact, in the first minutes of the restart both Kongodbia and Lemar they were close to scoring the tying goal. However, he was going to have to suffer until the end. Without too much pressure or chances, but with enough temperance to control the game, Simeone’s men became more and more dominators of the game. Espanyol expected some counter in speed and the rojiblancos turned to attack.
Then the first controversy would come. The WHERE, key, stopped the goal of Atlético’s draw. It was Lemar who pushed a perfect cross from Marcos Llorente at the far post. The 1-1 and with enough time could change the meeting. But a previous touch of Luis Suárez, who was offside, forced the goal to be canceled.
It would not be until the last ten when the comeback would come. Or rather the last 20. Atlético’s first goal came with Carrasco, who crossed a perfect shot in the area before which he could do little Diego Lopez. Espanyol claimed a foul, but there was neither a stoppage nor a designated infraction.
The glory would arrive 109 of party. And it was not an extension. The referee put ten extra time and Lemar took advantage of the exhaustion of the rival. The 1-2 was impossible to answer. Atlético took three tense points until the last second and Espanyol, although with good feelings, still did not win.
Espanyol 1-2 Atlético de Madrid
RCD Espanyol: Diego López; Óscar Gil, Calero (Recasens, min.46), Cabrera, Pedrosa; Morlanes (Bare, min.58), Darder, Melendo (Loren, min.58); Aleix Vidal (Melamed, min.75), Embarba and Raúl de Tomás (Dimata, min.83).
Atlético de Madrid: Oblak; Trippier (Lemar, min.46), Savic, Felipe, Hermoso (Kondogbia, min.46), Carrasco; Llorente, Koke, Correa (Lodi, min.46); Griezmann (Joao Félix, min.58) and Luis Suárez (Cunha, min.71).
Goals: 1-0, min.41: Raúl de Tomás; 1-1, min 79: Carrasco; 1-2, min.99: Lemar.
Referee: Martínez Munuera (Valencian committee). He admonished the coach Vicente Moreno (min.96) and the footballers Hermoso (min.31), Kondogbia (min.82), Carrasco (min.98), Nico Melamed (min.100) and Joao Félix (min.100).
Incidents: match corresponding to the fourth day of LaLiga Santander played at the RCDE Stadium before 16,000 spectators.
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