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2017/2018 Spanish Primera División
  • Stefan Savic (53' OG)
  • Léo Baptistão (77')

Atletico lose first La Liga game at home this season to Espanyol

EPA/RODRIGO JIMENEZ

Atletico Madrid slumped to their first La Liga home defeat of the season as they were beaten 2-0 by Espanyol at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Atletico boss left star striker Antoine Griezmann on the bench with one eye on the upcoming Europa League final against Marseille, while Diego Costa was suspended.

The visitors had won just one of their previous seven La Liga matches and appeared to be cruising towards the end of the campaign.

But they held Atletico at bay in the first half then grabbed a surprise lead eight minutes after the interval when Oscar Melendo's shot was deflected past his own keeper by Stefan Savic.

And Espanyol made sure of victory in the 77th minute when Leo Baptistao fired home from the edge of the area, leaving Atletico still with work to do to hold on to second place from city rivals Real.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 28 +46 66
2 Atletico Madrid 28 +20 56
3 Real Madrid 28 +17 54
4 Getafe 28 +12 46
5 Alavés 28 0 44
6 Sevilla FC 28 +11 43
7 Valencia 28 +7 40
8 Real Betis 28 -4 39
9 Athletic Bilbao 28 -3 37
10 Real Sociedad 28 0 36
11 Eibar 28 -2 35
12 Girona 28 -6 34
13 Espanyol 28 -9 34
14 Leganes 28 -7 33
15 Levante 28 -11 31
16 Real Valladolid 28 -16 29
17 Villarreal 28 -4 29
18 Celta Vigo 28 -11 25
19 Rayo Vallecano 28 -21 23
20 Huesca 28 -19 22