La Liga: RCD Espanyol 1 – 0 Atlético
An own goal blew the chance of becoming leaders.
Diego Simeone had his 100th game today as an Atlético coach but the players weren’t able to give him another victory. A deflected cross on Courtois’ foot decided the game in favor of the home team with a minimal difference.
It was a match to forget. Espanyol were the better team overal and created most of the chances. Pizzi was dangerous the first time after 5 minutes, but his shot was deflected by Alderweireld. The Belgian made his debut today and looked shaky at times but did his job well overal.
Espanyol kept attacking after 20 minutes Diego Costa escaped on the counter, found Villa in the box but the latter couldn’t keep the ball.
Costa at times didn’t look as his own self. A quickly taken free kick by Koke caught him sleeping but the Brazilian made up for his mistake. He assisted his favorite assister a few minutes later but our Spanish international was unlucky and hit the post.
Atleti became more and more dangerous at the end of the first half which resulted in a shot from 9 metres by Costa that whistled at the wrong side of the post.
Espanyol started brightly at the second half. Aguirre’s team pressured and played high. Courtois had to pull out a save on a shot of Lanzarote and was able to pick up the rebound.
But minutes later the Belgian international didn’t manage to keep his clean sheet. Thibaut made himself big to block a shot at the first post, but Sergio Garcia missed the cross and the ball deflected on the goalkeepers foot to end up in the back of the net.
Simeone realized his men needed creativity and more attacking options. He decided to put on Arda and Adrián. His changes looked truly effective when Mario broke through and managed to score but the goal was correctly disallowed for offside. The rojiblancos created more chances after all but Costa couldn’t get the ball between the woodwork.
Cebolla got on the last 15 minutes to try to stay on top with Barcelona. He couldn’t manage to assist Villa and his shot went well over. Courtois even came up front in the final minutes but nothing could help the colchoneros today.
This loss means Atlético won’t equal the best start in La Liga ever. Diego Simeone shouldn’t be too worried though. The players are with their both feet on the ground but it’s a shame they didn’t take the chance to surpass Barcelona in the league standings.
|Courtois (og) 54|
|19 October 2013|
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