First Division - Day 13

Atlético Madrid 1 - Espanyol 1

Atlético: Leo Franco; Valera, Perea, Pablo, Antonio López; Maxi, Gabi, Luccin (Galletti 83'), Petrov; Kezman (Ibagaza 66'), Fernando Torres. 4-4-2.
Espanyol: Kameni; Zabaleta, Moisés Hurtado, Jarque, Domi; Ito, Edu Costa (De la Peña 80'); Juanfran (Armando Sá 87'), Fredson, Corominas (Luis García 71'); Tamudo. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Atlético: Maxi, Petrov, Kezman for Zahinos, Galletti, Ibagaza / Espanyol: Zabaleta, Domi, Edu Costa, Fredson, Corominas for Lopo, David García, De la Peña, Luis García, Riera.

1-0. 08. Luccin. Fired shot from outside of area into top corner of net.
1-1. 11. Jarque. Header down inside far post from Juanfran's corner.

Atlético Madrid have still to live up to their early potential, and they were held once again to a disappointing 1-1 draw by a depleted Espanyol side who rested several of their key players after their gruelling UEFA cup tie the previous Thursday. Luccin fired the locals ahead with a spectacular shot from outside of the area in only the eighth minute, but just two minutes later Jarque headed home Juanfran's corner to level the scores. And the action continued throughout the first half, Fredson shooting in to the side netting and Moisés bringing a good save out of Leo Franco, and Kezman shooting just wide at the other end.

The second half continued in the same vein, with referee Daudén Ibáñez deciding that Moisés had brought Fernando Torres down outside of the area when the locals claimed a penalty. De la Peña came on and produced a delightful chip which just cleared the crossbar, and Maxi headed over the top against his old side. Domi cleared another effort off the line soon afterwards with Kameni beaten, and Galletti was penalised for handling the ball in the area when he felt he should have had a penalty for a push in the back. Finally though the points were shared, keeping the visitors two points away from the drop zone and their hosts floating in mid-table.