Ten-man Espanyol struggled to 1-1 LaLiga draw at Atletico Madrid on Sunday, another disappointing loss for Diego Simeone's team after they were knocked out of European competition.Atletico which have won just one of their six matches in all competitions, is third in the table with 24 points, eight more than Real Madrid who play Rayo Vallecano on Monday. They are also 10 points behind the leaders Barcelona.
Betis at 23 points as well as Real Sociedad, on 22 are both in a game the bag and could be ahead of Atletico by the at the end of Sunday.Espanyol was 16th and one point over the zone of relegation.Despite having to play the majority of the game with only 10 men following the time Leandro Cabrera's defender was sent off with an instant red card following a last-man charge upon Alvaro Morata, Espanyol defended very well against the home team who scored 27 times against just six for the opposition.
Espanyol also had the best of their sole shot in the second half , when Sergi Darder was set-up with a Joselu header that he volleyed into the net in the sixth minute.Substitute Joao Felix saved the score to Atletico during the final minute of the game in the 78th. He smashed precisely into the lower corner after an offensive counter.We aren't feeling at all, and it's unusual for what's happening for us.Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak said to DAZN.
It's an outcome that doesn't assist in any way. We tried, but we're stuck in a rut where isn't working.Maybe it's something psychological that happens when your mind isn't right your body isn't responding.Atletico began strongly and was able to press Espanyol who was reduced to 10 players within the second half of the game when Cabrera stopped Morata from behind as Morata was running toward the goal.
However, the hosts missed a number of chances , falling against Antoine Griezmann, Marcos Llorente, Morata, Angel Correa and Jose Maria Gimenez.Portugal forward Joao Felix who has been out of favor with Simeone in recent times He came off from the sidelines to strike and was Atletico's top player in the second consecutive league game.
He scored the equalizer through amazing individual effort and a run down the left channel, scoring with a shot that could not be stopped and was twice blocked from goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte.Which reported by jfdbet live casino sportsbook malaysia.