La Liga: Atlético 1 – 0 Espanyol

Diego Costa shoots Atlético past Espanyol

Diego costa espanyol

Diego Costa against Espanyol (AS)

Atlético earned a hard-fought victory over Espanyol on Saturday night. The Rojiblancos struggled against the Catalans, but a goal by Diego Costa separated the sides.

In the 55th minute the excellent David Villa sliced a pass into the path of Diego Costa, who used his pace and power to get away from his defender before scoring with his left foot. It was one of only two attempts on target by the home side, who were sloppy in possession and who seemed to suffer from exhaustion after an intense midweek Champions League clash.

Perhaps to battle tiring legs, Diego Simeone had introduced four changes to Wednesday’s line-up, one of them being David Villa. El Guaje was lively throughtout the entire game on Saturday and was unfortunate not to score on a number of occasions in the first half. First he saw a header from close range saved by Kiko Casilla and some minutes later Villa again came close with a header, but but that time his attempt was off target.

After half an hour of play Villa, Arda and Diego Costa sliced through the Espanyol defence, but left back Fuentes managed to intervene at the latest possible moment. It was Atleti’s last opportunity until Costa decided the game shortly after the break.

A few moments after his goal, Diego could have added a second when he went around Casilla, but he lost his balance and ultimately fired the ball over the crossbar instead of into the empty net.

Other than a deflected shot by Sergio García in the first half, there was little Espanyol offered offensively. But the people at the Vicente Calderón held their breath fifteen minutes before time, when Thibaut Courtois stayed down after taking a knee to the head from substitute John Córdoba. Tibu seemed dizzy, but was able to continue and guide Atleti through the final stretch of the game, which was nerve wracking and panicky. In the end Atleti held on to their lead to copy Real Madrid’s result from earlier on the night, and we can now sit back and wait to see the result of our neighbour’s clash with Barcelona next week as we’re assured at least one of our rivals will drop points in the race for La Liga.

Atlético Espanyol
Atlético 1 0 Espanyol
Diego Costa 55' 
Competition Liga BBVA
Location Vicente Calderon
Date 15 March 2014
Kick Off 22:00 CET

Team Lineups

Sosa (51')
Arda (70')
Villa (80')
Diego Costa
Substitutes used
Koke (51')
Diego (70')
Raúl García (80')
J. López
Sánchez (85')
D. López
Simão (62')
Pizzi (89')
Sergio García
Substitutes used
Córdoba (62')
Álex Fernández (85')
Torje (89')

Match Stats

On Target
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Red Cards
  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Just like I said before the game, I can’t remember an easy game against Espanyol in recent years
    and that’s what makes these 3 points very important .. and make them taste very good

    The best thing about tonight’s game is that now we can win any kind of games,
    open ones or closed ones, against strong, average, or weak opponents, home or away, scoring first or conceding first, without one, two and even three key players .. whatever the circumstances are, now you just know that we will win, even only 1-0, but you are sure that that one goal will come

    Only big clubs can do that, and now we are one of them, as we used to be before .. and as we always should be

    This is a website about Atletico Madrid, but would you excuse me to say few words about our little brother and our good neighbours, Rayo Vallecano :

    They just had their 3rd consecutive win today, 2 of them were against Valencia & Sociedad, and that last one was at Anoeta, where Barca fell with 3 goals
    They are finally out of relegation zone after very long time

    I am very happy for them, just like I said, they are our little brother and our good neighbours
    They are a poor team .. very poor team, from very poor area in Madrid, but they are very brave and very proud
    They are one of the teams that play very beautiful football, just look at their possession average, 56.32 %, whivh put them 3rd in that section behind only Barca & Real, and above us !
    They also have the most goals among the 10 teams in the bottom half of the table (32), and 5 more goals than Levante the 10th and the same number as Espanyol the 9th

    And while many La Liga clubs sacked their managers, they kept Paco Jémez despite the long losing streak and with big scores (conceded 62 goals in 28 games)
    a very wise decision from a very wise board, because simply he is not a bad coach

    From the bottom of my heart, I wish they stay in La Liga, because they make it a much better place,
    and because it will make our Koke happy, one of the brave and proud men from the great neighbourhood of Vallecas

  • Arjit

    Well said Ahmed, I really like Rayo and sincerely wish them success.

  • farhan

    @ARJIT r u from india?

  • Ali

    How will they make koke happy?

  • Yon

    We love david villa

  • piserakos

    @ahmad… rayo, as teams we have good relationship. Look how many players have we gave and take from them. Vallecas was the place of our first stadium and we used to have many fans from that area. They play wonderfull football the last years. They attack with no fear! That makes them ‘easy’ opponents for the big teams but this make them to get the respect of the neutrals. Even though i could never be fan of them (cause of bukaneros) and that’s the reason there is (even a little) rivary between them and Frente Atleti… With Betis they are the only Spanish teams i would like to be good. Let’s talk about another Spanish team, our lovely Sevilla. Yesterday the played against Valladolid and all the time they were singing ‘puta atleti’. Why again???