Sunday December 11, 2011 Day 16 Finished Estadio Cornellá-El Prat

RCD Espanyol 4 - 2 Atlético Madrid

  • Verdú 5’, 7’
  • Romaric 19’
  • Sergio Garciá 54’
  • Falcao 33’
  • Turan 83’

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  1. Espanyol thrash Atletico Madrid

    Espanyol thrash Atletico Madrid

    Joan Verdu scored twice in the opening seven minutes to set Espanyol on their way to a convincing 4-2 win over Atletico Madrid in La Liga. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • RCD Espanyol
    • Atlético Madrid
    • 90' That's the final whistle. Espanyol have dismantled Atletico Madrid 4-2, largely due to that fantastic start. Great win for the home side.
    • 89' Atletico's Godin picks up a yellow card for a foul.
    • 87' Espanyol have a real swagger about themselves tonight and are continuing to control the game. Atletico look dejected and ready for the dressing room.
    • 85' Atletico's Miranda is booked.
    • 83' Strangely, the goalscorer Turan has been replaced by Koke.
    • 81' GOAL! Or is it? Turan pulls one back with a terrific volley from the edge of the box. Too little too late? Perhaps, but that was a real moment of quality by Turan.
    • 79' Wasted opportunity for Atletico as Filipe fires high over the bar from the left side of the box, despite having two players well placed in the box to his right. It's not Atletico's night, one feels.
    • 76' Atletico's Perea is booked for a late challenge on Vila. He caught him late on the foot - looked painful.
    • 74' Falcao tucks the ball into the net - but again the flag is up. This time against Turan, who had staryed offside before he played in Falcao.
    • 72' You have to say Atletico have defended terribly tonight, lacked width and left Falcao painfully isolated in attack. They've been distinctly second best here tonight.
    • 70' Another big chance for Sergio Garciá, who meets Verdu's corner and, despite being unmarked, sends his header straight at Courtois. Big chance for 5-1.
    • 68' Assunção's first contribution to the match is a foul, for which he is booked.
    • 66' And Espanyol bring on Gómez for Fonte.
    • 65' Atletico replace Suarez with Assunção.
    • 64' Both sides shaking things up again with a couple of changes...
    • 62' Espanoyol sub Baena is booked for a foul.
    • 60' Espanyol are hungry for more goals and you wouldn't rule them out adding to their tally tonight.
    • 58' Verdu picks out Sergio Garciá with a beautiful chipped pass, but Sergio Garciá fires his volley wide of the near post. Would have been a very special goal, that.
    • 56' Falcao sticks the ball past Alvarez and into the back of the net - but he is correctly flagged offside.
    • 54' Courtois denies Bifouma with a spectacular diving save to his left. Bifouma cuts in from the left before shooting to the top corner, but is denied by a brilliant one-handed stop by Courtois.
    • 52' GOAL! Sergio Garciá makes it 4-1! Verdu drives forward from midfield and rolls the ball to his right to Garciá, who shifts the ball onto his left foot. His first effort is blocked by Godin but his second rolls into the back of the net. Questionable defending, it must be said.
    • 50' Espanyol come close after quick thinking by Verdu. Having been foulded on the edge of the box, Verdu takes the free-kick quickly and finds Sergio Garciá, whose shot is foiled by Courtois, who was quick off his line.
    • 48' Espanyol bring on Baena for Forlín, Atletico bring on Adrián for Salvio.
    • 48' A couple of half-time subs to tell you about...
    • 47' Fonte bursts into the Atletico box and tangles with Filipe Luis, before hitting the deck. Fonte claims a penalty, but it's waved away by the referee. Good call, I say.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • 45' After one minute of injury time, the referee calls time on an exhilarating first half which has finished 3-1 to Espanyol. The way these sides are playing you sense there will be more goals in the second half.
    • 43' Verdú tries to thread the ball through the eye of a needle to Sergio Garciá, but Suárez steps up just in time to make a crucial interception.
    • 41' Sergio Garciá goes for goal with an audacious effort from 45 yards, but Courtois takes three paces back and catches the ball. Espanyol in confident mood, still.
    • 40' Didac stretches his legs down the left wing and forces a corner for Espanyol.
    • 38' Another chance for Falcao! Diego picks him out from the right and Falcao glances a header towards goal, which floats just over the top and nestles on the roof of the net. Falcao remains a menace in attack despite the scoreline.
    • 36' He does, but it's a comfortable take by Alvarez in the end.
    • 35' Atletico have a free-kick 35 yards out and Diego will float it into the box...
    • 33' 3-1 makes Gregorio Manzano's half-time team talk a little easier. But will Falcao's goal be the start of a miraculous Atletico comeback? Tweet me your thoughts on the match here
    • 32' GOAL! Falcao pulls one back for Atletico! The striker gets ahead of his marker to head the ball past Alvarez, who got something - but not enough - on the ball.
    • 31' Espanyol are really dominating the midfield tonight. Atletico struggling to have an impact - Romaric, Forlín and of course Verdú calling the shots here.
    • 29' Romaric finds space in the box but fails to make a clean connection with his header. That could - and should - have been 4-0.
    • 27' Forlín sees yellow for a high foot on Turan.
    • 25' Play stops as Didac receives treatment after being caught late by Perea.
    • 23' Salvio is closed down by Romaric as the Atletico man delays his cross. Atletico really need to up the tempo if they are to stand a chance here tonight.
    • 21' Turan has a shot blocked, but he had Falcao in space to his left and should have elected to pick him out.
    • 19' It was a beautiful touch by the outside of Sergio Garciá's right boot to create the chance for Romaric. What a start!
    • 18' GOAL! Romaric makes it 3-0. The midfielder bursts forward from midfield, exchanges passes with Sergio Garciá, before firing a low shot across Courtois and inside the far post.
    • 17' Verdu, schooled at Barcelona's La Masia academy, is showing touches of real class here. Buoyed by his two goals already, Verdu is controlling the game.
    • 15' An off balance Sergio Garciá snatches at a shot in the box, but this time Courtois is equal to it.
    • 14' The free-kick from Gabi beats the wall but drops the wrong side of the bar. Decent effort.
    • 13' But good play by Falcao who cuts in from the left and, finding space to shoot, is brought down on the edge. Atletico have a good opportunity from the free-kick here.
    • 12' Understandably Atletico look a little shell-shocked after falling behind so early.
    • 11' Tweet me your thoughts on the incredible start to this match
    • 9' It has been a quite incredible start from Espanyol here in Barcelona. Atleti just don't know how they have let this happen.
    • 7' GOAL! Espanyol 2-0 Atletico Madrid! Verdu with a second! Incredible! Espanyol have only scored five times at home in the league this season but Verdu has two in two minutes. He collects the ball in midfield, saunters forward and toe-pokes an effort past Courtois.
    • 6' GOAL! Espanyol 1-0 Atletico Madrid! A nightmare for on-loan Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. He kicks the ball straight to Romaric, who tees up Verdu for a neat finish. Not good from the keeper.
    • 4' Atleti aim a throw into the box for Falcao once again but although he heads back across goal he fails to find an Atleti shirt.
    • 3' Falcao does indeed enjoy the first chance of the game as he connects with a cross but the Colombia international glances his header wide of the post.
    • 2' Atletico win an early corner and Falcao will be the danger from the set-piece.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 20.30 We are just minutes away from kick-off now. A win takes Espanyol into eight above Atletico. However, if Atleti win they will draw level with Osasuna in seventh.
    • 20.25 TEAMS: Espanyol: Cristian Alvarez, Raul, Rui Fonte, Sergio Garcia, J. Verdu, Romaric, Galan, Hector Moreno, Forlin, Dídac, Thievy. /// Atletico: Courtois, Godín, Suarez, Filipe Luis, Salvio, Falcao, Arda, Gabi, Perea, Diego, Miranda.
    • 20.20 Stats from Opta: "Atletico and Espanyol have conceded the joint-most goals from penalties in LigaBBVA this season (four, along with Real Zaragoza) ... The rojiblancos are without a win away from the Calderon this season in LigaBBVA (D1 L5) and have the poorest away record on the road in the competition."
    • 20.15 Hello and welcome to our live text commentary on the Liga clash between Espanyol and Atletico Madrid in Barcelona.
  • Summary

    • 81' GOAL! Or is it? Turan pulls one back with a terrific volley from the edge of the box. Too little too late? Perhaps, but that was a real moment of quality by Turan.
    • 70' Another big chance for Sergio Garciá, who meets Verdu's corner and, despite being unmarked, sends his header straight at Courtois. Big chance for 5-1.
    • 54' Courtois denies Bifouma with a spectacular diving save to his left. Bifouma cuts in from the left before shooting to the top corner, but is denied by a brilliant one-handed stop by Courtois.
    • 52' GOAL! Sergio Garciá makes it 4-1! Verdu drives forward from midfield and rolls the ball to his right to Garciá, who shifts the ball onto his left foot. His first effort is blocked by Godin but his second rolls into the back of the net. Questionable defending, it must be said.
    • 50' Espanyol come close after quick thinking by Verdu. Having been foulded on the edge of the box, Verdu takes the free-kick quickly and finds Sergio Garciá, whose shot is foiled by Courtois, who was quick off his line.
    • 38' Another chance for Falcao! Diego picks him out from the right and Falcao glances a header towards goal, which floats just over the top and nestles on the roof of the net. Falcao remains a menace in attack despite the scoreline.
    • 32' GOAL! Falcao pulls one back for Atletico! The striker gets ahead of his marker to head the ball past Alvarez, who got something - but not enough - on the ball.
    • 18' GOAL! Romaric makes it 3-0. The midfielder bursts forward from midfield, exchanges passes with Sergio Garciá, before firing a low shot across Courtois and inside the far post.
    • 7' GOAL! Espanyol 2-0 Atletico Madrid! Verdu with a second! Incredible! Espanyol have only scored five times at home in the league this season but Verdu has two in two minutes. He collects the ball in midfield, saunters forward and toe-pokes an effort past Courtois.
    • 6' GOAL! Espanyol 1-0 Atletico Madrid! A nightmare for on-loan Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. He kicks the ball straight to Romaric, who tees up Verdu for a neat finish. Not good from the keeper.
    • 20.25 TEAMS: Espanyol: Cristian Alvarez, Raul, Rui Fonte, Sergio Garcia, J. Verdu, Romaric, Galan, Hector Moreno, Forlin, Dídac, Thievy. /// Atletico: Courtois, Godín, Suarez, Filipe Luis, Salvio, Falcao, Arda, Gabi, Perea, Diego, Miranda.

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  • RCD Espanyol

    Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

  • Atlético Madrid

    Manager: Gregorio Manzano

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