First Division - Day 16

Espanyol 2 - Atlético Madrid 3

Espanyol: Kameni; Sergio Sánchez, Jarque, Pareja, Chica; Moisés Hurtado, Angel (Lola 70'); Coro (Jonathan Soriano 83'), Luis García, Nené; José Callejón (Valdo 58'). 4-2-3-1.
Atlético: Leo Franco; Perea, Pablo, Heitinga, Pernía; Maxi, Paulo Assunçao, Maniche, Simao (Raúl García 84'); Agüero (Luis García 88'), Diego Forlán (Sinama-Pongolle 75'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Espanyol: Sergio Sánchez, Chica, Angel, Coro for Lacruz, Beranger, Román Martínez, Rufete / Atlético: Pablo for Ujfalusi.

0-1. 07. Maxi. Collected square pass from Agüero and struck shot past Kameni.
1-1. 58. Sergio Sánchez. Controlled Pareja pass and beat Franco with angled shot.
1-2. 81. Agüero. Turned shot inside post at third try after first two shots blocked.
1-3. 91. Maxi. Cut in past three defenders and fired angled shot past keeper.
2-3. 93. Valdo. Drilled ball in to net from close up following Nené corner.

Yellow cards: Chica 39', Maniche 45', Sergio Sánchez 58', Perea 58', Raúl García 89'.

Atlético Madrid took advantage of Valencia's defeat earlier in the day to move ahead of them to second spot after beating Espanyol 2-3 on Saturday evening. Maxi picked up Agüero's pass to give his side the lead in the seventh minute, but the locals had several chances to equalise, with José Callejón bringing a couple of saves out of Leo Franco and firing another shot wide, and Nené seeing his free kick tipped over the top by the keeper.

Sergio Sánchez did level the scores eventually after chesting on a long pass from Nico Pareja, but later in the second half a persistent Agüero restored the lead, beating Kameni at the third attempt after his first two shots were blocked. Nené got the ball in the net only to see his strike ruled out for offside, and with the game in injury time Maxi scored again to wrap things up. There was still time however for Valdo to get another one back, a goal which just keeps the Catalans out of the relegation spots pending Sunday's games.