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First Division - Day 9

Espanyol 1 - Atlético Madrid 0

Espanyol: Kiko Casilla; Javi López, Sidnei, Héctor Moreno, Fuentes; David López (Raúl Rodríguez 82'), Abraham; Lanzarote (Alex Fernández 70'), Pizzi (Stuani 72'), Simao; Sergio García. 4-2-3-1.
Atlético: Courtois; Juanfran, Alderweirled, Godín, Filipe Luis; Koke, Gabi (Adrián 61'), Mario Suárez (Cristian Rodríguez 76'), Raúl García (Arda Turan 57'); David Villa, Diego Costa. 4-4-2.

1-0. 53. Courtois (own goal). Deflected Fuentes cross in to own net trying to clear.

Yellow cards: Héctor Moreno 29', David Villa 29', Koke 39', Javi López 41', David López 59', Cristian Rodríguez 82', Abraham 83', Sergio García 83', Courtois 92'.

Atlético Madrid started their match at Espanyol on Saturday evening knowing that a victory would take them above leaders Barcelona in the table after Tata Martino's team could only draw at Osasuna, but they too saw their eight game winning run come to an end after they lost 1-0 to Barça's city neighbours. Pizzi and Koke traded chances early on, but otherwise the visitors had the better of the first half, Koke hitting the outside of the post from a wide angle, and Diego Costa holding off a couple of defenders on a long run only to shoot just wide. Soon after the restart Courtois made a couple of good saves from Lanzarote, but a a minute or so later he was unlucky to score in his own net, Sergio García unable to connect with a Fuentes cross but the ball hitting the keeper on the foot as he sat on the ground and bouncing back in to the goal. After that Mario Suárez had a headed goal ruled out for a clear offside, and Costa and Cristian Rodríguez both fired shots just wide of the target. A first loss for Simeone's side though, and the victory takes Espanyol up to fifth in the table pending Sunday's fixtures.