Atlético: Courtois; Juanfran,
Godín, Domínguez, Filipe Luis; Tiago, Gabi (Mario Suárez
46'); Salvio, Diego (Adrián 74'), Arda Turan (Koke 79'); Falcao.
Espanyol: Cristian Alvarez; Javi López, Raúl Rodríguez, Héctor Moreno, Didac; Raúl Baena (Alvaro Vázquez 70'), Romaric (Cristian Gómez 46'); Sergio García, Verdú, Coutinho; Kalu Uche (Pandiani 81'). 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 09. Godín. Guided header down past Cristian Alvarez from Diego's corner.
1-1. 19. Didac. Fired shot in to roof of net after Sergio García laid ball across.
2-1. 59. Arda Turan. Acrobatic scissors kick past keeper from Juanfran's cross.
3-1. 61. Arda Turan. Picked up Godín pass and cut past two defenders to score.
Yellow cards: Gabi 15', Godín 47', Falcao 74', Moreno 77'.
Atlético Madrid moved up to seventh in the table after beating Espanyol 3-1 on Sunday evening. The two teams started the match level on points, but the locals went in front in the ninth minute when Godín headed Diego's corner down past Cristian Alvarez. Ten minutes later Didac levelled the scores for Pochettino's side after Sergio García laid the ball across from the right, and soon afterwards Romaric fired a free kick against the post. But Falcao went close a couple of times either side of half time, and Alvarez had to save from Salvio and Godín after the interval. And with an hour on the clock two goals from Arda Turan put the game beyond Espanyol's reach, the first an acrobatic scissors kick from Juanfran's cross, and the second an individualist run which ended with his shot hitting the near post and spinning past Courtois in to the net.