Pre-season friendly: Espanyol (4) 1 – 1 (3) Atlético

We lose the final of the Trofeo Ramón de Carranza on penalties

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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


  • Martin Rosenow

    You’re absolutely right…sad that we couldn’t pull off the win, but at least Espanyol could honor Dani with the victory.

    Diego Costa had a great first half and has clearly bested Salvio in the preseason so far. Unfortunately, that might be working against his chances of staying, as silly as that sounds. He is a more appealing option for teams looking for a forward and I don’t think Salvio is generating as much interest. Plus, directors would be taking one on the chin if they let go of Salvio after what they paid for him last season.

  • NiñoTorres

    This was a pretty frustrating game and I’m annoyed we didn’t win, but fair play to Espanyol. I guess that on August 8th they were always going to win, RIP Dani 🙁

    First half we played poorly but improved after half-time. Reyes was unlucky the hit the post and we missed some great chances, I’m sure Forlán would have scored a few if he had been playing! However bad his penalty was, I was impressed with Filipe and the injury doesn’t seem to have affected his game at all which is good for us. It’s also his birthday today so Happy Birthday to him 🙂

    Overall there were a few positives to take from this tournament, so even though we didn’t win I’m not too upset.

  • Enrique

    Im sorry but I just was able to watch the penaltys.
    Does anybody know how Fran Merida and Filipe Luis played?

  • Flo

    Fran Merida didn’t play. He is with the U21 team in Finnland. Luis Filipes game was ok. You could see that he will need a while to adapt to our playing style. But we are in preseason now and I think he will play well when la Liga starts. Sadly he didn’t convert his penalty.

  • Nick Poskitt

    And Filipe’s was a poor penalty at that. Very very poor.

  • Sash

    I liked what I saw in filipes game, he showed a will to go forward whenever possible. Sadly his crosses weren’t that good, and his penalty at that is not even worth commenting 🙂 very poor!

    But I think he will be very good for us when the league starts, as flo said he will most likely adapt to our playing style in a couple of months.

    Do anyone know where you can see stats from the u21? I have looked around a bit but haven’t seen anything..

  • Flo

    The game will be on Wednesday 19 o’clock.