First Division - Day 17

Atlético Madrid 1 - Espanyol 2

Atlético: Abbiati; Perea, Pablo, Eller, Pernía; Maxi (Antonio López 57'), Cléber Santana, Raúl García (Luis García 86'), Simao (Jurado 72'); Agüero, Diego Forlán. 4-4-2.
Espanyol: Kameni; Zabaleta, Torrejón, Jarque, David García (Clemente 73'); Corominas, Moisés Hurtado, Angel (De la Peña 52'), Riera (Jonathan Soriano 80'); Luis García, Tamudo. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Atlético: No change / Espanyol: Riera, Luis García for Valdo, Moha.

1-0. 37. Simao. Bent free kick over wall and inside Kameni's near post.
1-1. 53. Tamudo. Turned ball into net after Luis García corner fell to him.
1-2. 85. Luis García. Ran on to De la Peña through ball to beat Abbiati.

Espanyol moved up to third after a 1-2 victory at Atlético Madrid, who drop out of the Champions League spots as a result. The Catalans had not lost in twelve matches, and they dominated the early minutes with Tamudo having a penalty appeal turned down and Luis García heading wide. Cléber fired a long shot past the post at the other end, but Coro brought a top class save out of Abbiati and then had a goal disallowed for offside.

Atlético were left with ten men when Agüero sent off for retaliating after a foul by Torrejón, but even so Simao put them ahead with a well struck free kick close to half time. Raúl García was lucky to be let off a penalty when the ball hit him on the arm close to half time, and Abbiati produced two more excellent saves from David García and Tamudo after the restart. Soon afterwards though Luis García's corner was allowed to bounce through to Tamudo who cested it over the line on the far post.

A few minutes later Aguirre's side were down to nine after Pernia was also sent off for a second bookable offence, but even so Forlán went close a couple of times. Eventually though the visitors made their numerical superiority count, Abbiati keeping out Tamudo and De la Peña before the little midfielder found a gap to enable Luis García to drill home the winner.