Atlético: Courtois; Juanfran, Alderweireld, Godín, Filipe Luis; José Sosa (Koke 51’), Gabi, Tiago, Arda Turan (Diego Ribas 69’); Diego Costa, David Villa (Raúl García 79’). 4-4-2.
Espanyol: Kiko Casilla; Javi López, Colotto, Héctor Moreno, Fuentes; Víctor Sánchez (Alex Fernández 84’), David López; Stuani, Pizzi (Torje 88’), Simao (Córdoba 61’); Sergio García. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 55. Diego Costa. Ran on to Villa through ball and held off Colotto to score.
Yellow cards: Javi López 31’, Arda Turan 51’, Godín 68’, Córdoba 77’, Víctor Sánchez 82’, Sergio García 89’.
Atlético Madrid won 1-0 in the last match of the evening against Espanyol, who had been the first team to beat them this season. The Catalans caused some problems once again for Simeone’s side, Stuani shooting straight at Courtois when free on goal early on, and the keeper doing well to save a deflected shot from Sergio García. However Casilla had to be at his best to keep out Villa and Filipe Luis at the other end before the break, and some ten minutes in to the second half Diego Costa ran on to a Villa through ball to score what was to prove the only goal. Courtois took a couple of knocks after that, the first when he was flattened by Córdoba’s knee, and then when a long shot from David López hit him in the face and went out for a corner, but he battled on bravely to keep another clean sheet which maintains his position at the top of the Zamoras’ chart, and which leaves his team still three points behind Real Madrid in the table.