Atletic Madrid fell to a shocking, late defeat against Quique Sanchez Flores’ Espanyol side at the RCDE Stadium in Barcelona, to end their 5 game win streak in La Liga.
The first half wasn’t full of many chances, with both teams disputing possession and it was a case of “nearly” for the majority of the first half, with the final ball lacking the cutting edge quality to give the striker the perfect opportunity to finish the chance.
There were a small handful of chances though for either side. Sergi Darder’s long shot was comfortable for Jan Oblak but any kind of deft touch could’ve caused a lot of problems for the Atleti ‘keeper.
Former Rojiblanco Leo Baptistao was played through one-on-one and attempted a first-time chip over Oblak, but he got it horribly wrong and it went wide.
In the 70th minute, Madrid did have the ball in the back of the net, but it was disallowed after Diego Godin was judged to have pushed the Espanyol defender in the back with a bit too much force.
Seven minutes later, Kevin Gameiro was played through on goal, and after some good, positive dribbling, but his shot was awful and aimed straight at Pau Lopez.
Seconds later, Oblak was forced into a fairly comfortable save, after Gerard Moreno showed quick feet before attempting to play the ball into the far corner of the net.
Just two minutes from the 90, Espanyol went ahead through Sergio Garcia after an incisive counter attack, after which, an eventual low cross across the box was met by the Barcelona-born Spaniard whose finish was placed beyond Oblak.
The Madrid club find themselves in second place, six points behind Barcelona, although Barcelona are yet to play, they face Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday. When Atleti return to action they’ll face Getafe, whilst Espanyol travel to Malaga.