Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez celebrates scoring their first goal during their Spanish La Liga game against Espanyol on Sunday. Photo: Albert Gea/Reuters
Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez celebrates scoring their first goal during their Spanish La Liga game against Espanyol on Sunday. Photo: Albert Gea/Reuters

Atletico fail to beat basement club Espanyol

Time of article published Mar 1, 2020

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BARCELONA  Atletico Madrid's poor domestic form continued as they could only draw 1-1 away to La Liga's bottom side Espanyol on Sunday.

Diego Simeone's side had been lifted by last week's 3-1 win over Villarreal and their 1-0 Champions League success over Liverpool but struggled against a determined Espanyol and fell behind through an own goal from Stefan Savic in the 24th minute.

It took an impressive save from Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak to keep out a strike from Victor Sanchez later in the first half which would have doubled Espanyol's lead but the visitors levelled in the 47th through a superb volley from Saul Niguez.

Atletico are fourth in the standings on 44 points after 26 matches, one ahead of Real Sociedad in fifth and two above sixth-placed Getafe although both sides have one game in hand. They trail league leaders Barcelona by 11 points. Espanyol stayed bottom on 20 points.

Barcelona and Real Madrid go head-to-head later on Sunday evening in El Clasico.

Reuters

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