After two consecutive draws in the League and a painful defeat in the Champions League, Atletico de Madrid met again with the victory by beating Espanyol 3-1 this Sunday, a victory that puts Diego Simeone's on the provisional podium.
After several dangerous cons in the first half, the Catalan team went ahead with a right hand from Sergi Darder from the front shortly before the break (38), but the Argentine Angel Correa achieved the equalizer in the last action of the first half (45 +3), heading on the line a center of Alvaro Morata.
The player formed at Real Madrid celebrated his return to a call of the Spanish team after two months of absence, scoring both 2-1, in a good individual action after receiving a pass from Vitolo (58).
Espanyol looked for the equalizer and got it four minutes from the regulated time, but Darder's header was canceled by the referee for a foul to Koke Resureccion.
Finally, it was not until the discount when Koke, one of the most criticized players at this start of the season, sentenced with a shot from the penalty spot (90 + 2) after receiving the center of Diego Costa, another of the victims of the Fans for bad athletic game.
With this triumph, Atletico is placed with 24 points, one of the co-leaders, Barcelona and Real Madrid, who on Saturday settled their duels with wins against Celta (4-1) and Eibar (4-0).
Sevilla, however, could match with the rojiblanco team if it is imposed in the last Sunday game, the derby of the Andalusian capital against Betis (17th).
Espanyol, meanwhile, remains in the relegation zone with 8 points, five of the salvation, which Betis marks for the moment, provided that the green team does not win the derby.
– Kubo opens as a scorer –
The one who escaped the relegation zone at the moment was Mallorca, who won Villarreal 3-1 on Sunday with the first goal in Spain of the Japanese prodigy Take Kubo, 18 years old and assigned by Real Madrid.
The Ivorian Lago Junior (13) and Dani Rodriguez (23), both on penalties, put Mallorca ahead, and Santi Cazorla (49) approached Villarreal, also from the fateful point.
Four minutes later Kubo, a great promise of world football, was released as a scorer in the League with a decisive left-footed shot from outside the area.
In the other match played on Sunday Athletic (6th) won the Levante (12th) in its stadium 2-1.
The locals marked Iker Muniain (57) and Ander Capa (87), while Sergio Postigo (45 + 1) did the visitors.
That victory allows the Biscayans to continue in the European classification zone.
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