Atletico Madrid needed a late penalty to see off competition from Espanyol to make it 2-1 at the Wanda Metropolitano despite having a man down for 29 minutes of the match.
Atletico Madrid was held to a goalless in the first half with the home team falling short of expectation in the opening 45 minutes, with no shot on goal from the La Liga Champions.
Espanyol had the most promising chance of the game with Jan Oblak called to a great save in the 7th minute of the game, but Leandro Cabrera’s attempt was sent over the crossbar.
Atletico Madrid responded in the second half with Yannick Carrasco breaking the deadlock to make it 1-0 for the La Liga Champions with 52nd minutes played in the second half.
Espanyol pressed forward intending to equalise as Raul De Thomas forced Oblak to another save in the 79th minute as the away team look to cause an upset.
Atletico Madrid was reduced to 10 men in the 70th minute with Geoffery Kondogbia controversially sent off.
Raul De Thomas ensured he got Espanyol on the score sheet, the striker was awarded a free-kick in a promising region to make it 1-1 in the 73rd minute, he made no mistake to force the ball into the net following Oblak’s howler, the Slovenian goalkeeper was unfortunate as the ball was parried to the pole and went into the net.
The race four-top for the La Liga champions seems to be getting interesting with Diego Simone’s side continuously dropping off points.
Atletico Madrid was awarded a penalty in the additional time of the game following a hand play by an Espanyol player in the box, Carrasco converted from the spot to make it 2-1 for the La Liga reigning Champions.
Atletico Madrid will welcome Granda in their next La Liga match while Espanyol will host Rayo Vallecano.