Atletico Madrid 1-1 Espanyol
Atletico Madrid continued to be bogged down, this time by Espanyol and are now four games without a win. As the narrative gods would have it, once again Joao Felix looked like the best of Atletico Madrid’s forwards.
The home side went to Espanyol in the first half and after just 28 minutes gained the men’s advantage after Leandro Cabrera was sent off for bringing down Alvaro Morata as the last man. Atleti then netted Espanyol’s goal before the break but Los Pericos were valiant and blocked almost everyone.
The second half was organized according to the same pattern until a solitary attack was organized by the visiting team. Sergi Darder pushed forward, played the ball wide and then raced on to get the end of Joselu’s header through goal.
Renewed by the goal half an hour from the end, Espanyol took good care of Atleti until the entry of Joao Felix. The Portuguese added Atleti goal clarity and a goal with just over ten minutes remaining. Taking a ball down the left flank with his chest, he sparked a drive past Benjamin Lecomte at the near post.
It was desperation for Espanyol at the time, but Lecomte, Sergi Gomez and Vinicius Souza all made excellent challenges to thwart Felix and Atleti.
The whistles sounded on the referee’s final whistle – some of them no doubt for the referee, but once again frustration was the all-pervading emotion for Los Colchoneros. Espanyol bring an encouraging point back to Barcelona as Diego Simeone continues to face more questions than he can currently provide answers.