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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 38 +54 87
2 Atletico Madrid 38 +26 76
3 Real Madrid 38 +17 68
4 Valencia 38 +16 61
5 Getafe 38 +13 59
6 Sevilla FC 38 +15 59
7 Espanyol 38 -2 53
8 Athletic Bilbao 38 -4 53
9 Real Sociedad 38 -1 50
10 Real Betis 38 -8 50
11 Alavés 38 -11 50
12 Eibar 38 -4 47
13 Leganes 38 -6 45
14 Villarreal 38 -3 44
15 Levante 38 -7 44
16 Real Valladolid 38 -19 41
17 Celta Vigo 38 -9 41
18 Girona 38 -16 37
19 Huesca 38 -22 33
20 Rayo Vallecano 38 -29 32