Just like both semi-final matches in this season’s Trofeo Ramón Carranza, the teams had to eventually be separated by the dreaded penalty shoot-out. Neither Atlético and Espanyol could snatch a lead during 90 minutes, and the final finished 1-1.
Within five minutes all the goals that were to be scored had been scored. Diego Costa put Atlético ahead when he headed in a corner taken by Reyes in the second minute. But not 60 seconds later and Espanyol had equalised, when Callejón stormed through our defence and found himself one-on-one with Joel.
Diego Costa got the opportunity to give us the lead again later in the first half, but his lob over Álvarez was cleared from the goal line, and the forward’s appeal for a penalty was denied.
Shortly after, the Espanyol goalie had to be replaced by Casilla, who proved to be a good alternative for coach Pellegrino. Casilla was constantly making saves from Filipe, Agüero and Reyes.
Meanwhile on the other side it was Juan Valera who denied Espanyol a goal with a crucial interception.
Atlético put on more pressure in the final minutes of the game, but without success, and so the match went to a penalty shoot-out.
Just like on Friday, third-choice goalkeeper Joel stopped a penalty, but this time it wasn’t enough to give us the win. Agüero, Jurado and Mario scored, but Filipe and Reyes failed to convert their spot kicks.
Based on the number of opportunities Atlético had we probably deserved to win, but seeing as this 56th edition of the Trofeo Ramón de Carranza was used to remember Dani Jarque, it is only right that Espanyol take home the trophy.
Line-up: Joel; Valera, Ujfalusi, Perea, Filipe; Raúl García, Assunção; Reyes, Jurado, Simão, Diego Costa.
Subs: Agüero, Salvio, Mario Suárez
Goals: 1-0, Diego Costa; 1-1, Callejón