|First Division - Day 34|
Espanyol 3 - Atlético Madrid 1
Domoraud, Lopo, Pochettino, Torricelli; Fredson (Morales 83'), Alex
Fernández; Velamazán (Raducanu 60'), De la Peña, Hadji;
Tamudo (Wome 77'). 4-2-3-1.
Team changes: Espanyol: Velamazán for Maxi / Atlético: Contra, Simeone, Jorge, Fernando Torres for Gaspar, Lequi, Gabi, Ibagaza.
Espanyol moved out of the relegation zone pending Mallorca's game on Sunday after beating Atlético Madrid 3-1. The Catalans had been in the bottom three since the fifth week of the league championship, but their good form in the second half of the season has finally paid off. They still have a lot of work to do though, and with their next two games against Barcelona and Deportivo before meeting Mallorca and Murcia, it will probably go down to the wire.
Atlético came into the game desperate for a win to get their European campaign on track after two defeats in a row, and they started well, with Jorge testing Lemmens with a long shot and then the keeper deflecting an effort from Fernando Torres just out of reach of Nano. The locals felt they should have had a penalty at the other end though when Paunovic held back Lopo, and Tamudo headed just wide before the break.
Alex Fernández came close to putting the locals in front on the hour mark when Aragoneses just managed to tip his free kick over the bar, but from De la Peña's resulting corner Fredson rose up to head powerfully past the keeper for the opening goal. Atlético had no reply, and substitute Raducanu added two more late on, the first after he charged down a clearance from Aragoneses and the second from Hadji's cross. Fernando Torres scored a late consolation goal for the visitors in injury time, but it was all academic, and Manzano's side see their chances of that UEFA cup spot slipping away.