He Spanish could not get anything positive in his visit to Metropolitan and ended with a small streak. Pablo Machín I had never lost with the team of Simeone, which was coupled with the fact of being the Espanyol, to date, the only team, together with Real Madrid, who had been able to win in the league in the new stadium of the mattresses. The Espanyol match was very worthy against one of the cocks in the competition. There was no foreseeable difference between one in the noble zone of the table and another in the relegation places. The pending subject for the parakeets it is still the goal. It generates very few occasions and only takes seven goals.
Simeone He revolutionized his eleven after Wednesday's defeat at Leverkusen and Espanyol was very similar to the one that swept the Ludogorets on Thursday in the Europa League. The surprise in the starting team of Machín was the return of Javi Lopez, who had not played since late September. He did not do it on the right side, but in a reinforced center of the field, in the first part on the left side and in the second on the right. Machín's plans suffered a setback very soon. At quarter of an hour Naldo he had to retire injured and had to leave in his place as third central Didac Vila.
Good first part
Espanyol did not suffer in the first half
As expected, Atlético took the initiative of the game, but Espanyol adjusted the defensive lines quite well and during the first half did not suffer too much. Vitolo was the most active player in the first minutes but between Marc Roca and Wu Lei they managed to keep the red and white behind in tension. There, Atlético, with its central headlines Giménez and Savic injured, offered symptoms of nervousness, especially from the side of the former Espanyolista Hermoso.
The first clear opportunity, and the best of the premises in the first half, came to the quarter of an hour on a smart pass from Vitolo to Morata, this was planted before Diego López and he crossed the ball in excess. Espanyol did not get caught . The reply came through Wu Lei, who got the ball in a very fast transition. Wu Lei accommodated him very well and finished off with the outside but also too stingy.
Darder advanced to Espanyol
The failed opportunity for the Chinese footballer was a warning of what was to come at 39 minutes. Thomas Partey, who had already scored a goal against Leverkusen, took a very committed pass towards Koke. Víctor Sánchez was smarter and took the ball to give it to Darder, who beat Oblak with a tight shot to the post.
The penalty for Espanyol was that he could not keep the advantage at least until the break. Atlético became enraged and looked hard for the tie. He found it in the addition of the first part in a goal with suspense. Morata went for the band and put a center that surpassed Diego López, no defense managed to clear and Correa, who yesterday turned 200 rojiblanco matches, headed to the net. Gil Manzano annulled the goal for offside, but the VAR validated Morata's position by centering.
There was no penalty to Felipe
Espanyol was less consistent in the second part. Atlético came out firmer and it was soon seen that the Catalan team would not be able to resist much. In 52 there was another suspense of the VAR for several minutes because a possible penalty from David López to Felipe was reviewed, which was not finally granted.
Espanyol's joy was short-lived because in 58 Morata took advantage of a backlash to shoot 2-1. With his new goal Majadahonda striker has scored six straight games, something that in recent years he had only achieved in this team Griezmann, and before Agüero.
The Espanyol had half an hour to react, but he already had the rival grown and put as Cholo likes: well planted back and willing to kill the counter. From there, the inability of Espanyol to generate scoring chances arose again. He had the ball, but he did not know very well what to do with it when he reached the vicinity of the Oblak area, which barely had to intervene and become the savior as many times in this scenario.
Espanyol tried again and again. Side centers arrived but the local anguish only ended in the addition, when in a new one against Koke he sentenced with the final 3-1. Espanyol sold his skin face but adds his third consecutive league defeat. Play espabilar.