First Division - Day 14

Atlético Madrid 1 - Espanyol 2

Atlético: Leo Franco; Seitaridis, Ze Castro, Perea, Pernía; Galletti, Luccin, Maniche, Antonio López (Jurado 51'); Agüero (Mista 70'), Fernando Torres. 4-4-2.
Espanyol: Kameni; Zabaleta, Jarque, Torrejón, Chica; Rufete (Edu Costa 64'), Moisés Hurtado, De la Peña, Moha; Luis García (Velasco 87'), Tamudo (Pandiani 76'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Atlético: No change / Espanyol: Moha for Riera.

0-1. 08. Tamudo. Got on end of Luis García's square pass to shoot past Franco.
1-1. 56. Fernando Torres. Headed into top of net after Galletti cross blocked.
1-2. 61. Luis García. Curled free kick over defensive wall into top corner of net.

Atlético Madrid drop out of the Champions League spots after losing 1-2 at home to an improving Espanyol. Tamudo put the Catalans ahead in only the seventh minute after De la Peña and Luis García combined to set him up, but Maniche and Agüero both went close at the other end before the break, and Fernando Torres powered in to head home the equaliser after the ball ballooned up into the air ten minutes after the restart.

Kameni had to be at his best soon afterwards to push out a wide shot from Galletti, but almost immediately Espanyol were awarded a free kick just outside of the area and Luis García curled a shot into the top corner of the net. Mista got the ball into the net near the end, but the strike was ruled out for a previous foul on the keeper. Atlético's good work in recent weeks had come to nothing, and Espanyol's unbeaten run now extends to nine games.