Atlético does not catch the silver

An own goal by Godín sank Atleti and between Pedrosa and Borja Iglesias, with a double, he was sentenced. The rojiblancos do not ensure second place and Espanyol dreams of Europe.


Forty-five minutes before Pedrosa kicks off that race, Atleti rushes out in a hurry, as if he could get close to what he's looking for. To be the second mathematician of this League, only one point separates. The Espanyol de Rubi stands before it like a wall, on the grass of his RCDE Stadium and premiering a new shirt. Morata tries to assault two minutes after stealing the ball and the wallet to Hermoso in a seen and not seen. Diego López avoided. It would be, almost, his only stop of the day.

While Simeone was desgañitaba, Koke and Lemar interchanged the bands and Rubi ordered his men 4-3-3, looking for verticality. But without leaving behind, no matter how late the afternoon was sun, spring and vermouth. Morata kept poking at the back of Hermoso.

A his back, that Grizi was on one of those days to be but not, added the rojiblancos a triple chance looking for the key to the goal of Diego Lopez. First Morata, then Koke about to take advantage of the goalkeeper releasing the ball before him only to push it , later Savic, with a header that went off. They would begin the troubles for Atleti in the following play, with the replica of Espanyol.

First the Panda Iglesias sneaked with speed in the disorganized defense of Atleti to reach the end with the shot drowned. Then it was Wu Lei finding a hole in the back of a Godin that Godin himself plugged. Marc Roca and Melendo gave Espanyol vision, play and fluency. Lemar was lost on the same day as Grizi, while Simeone was still leaving the voice in each loss of his own ball. The rush of the beginning seemed like another party. What were now pre-season minutes only played in the league. That point that Atleti needed was already in the 0-0 of the scoreboard. Rest loomed. A seconds was when Pedrosa got that ball, gift of Grizi.

Fue in the front of his area, 87.8 meters from Oblak. He picked it up and with it he drew a Goal Forrest Gump. With impudence and a brutal sprint, for the whole band and the ball sewn to the boot. Savic goes to the crossroads but is injured. Juanfran looks. Pedrosa reaches the bottom line and centers back. Godin, in his attempt to clear, se sneaks it to Oblak. Godín, yes Godín, in his penultimate match with Atleti maybe. The weight of the world was on his shoulders when the locker room tunnel engulfed him at rest. A Simeone already lacked the voice and the point that gave him the silver.

Descalabro after the break

When the match came back Correa had left for Savic and Saul was wearing his brown suit: today left center. It will come out or not, but its sacrifice is commendable. He only needs to play goalkeeper. Before the Atleti gave him time to be in the changes, Borja Iglesias jumped on the game to the Arya Stark and his "not today" in case the Cholo looked for the comeback. Rodrigo helped, which added another loss to his catalog of horrors in the afternoon in Cornellá.

Melendo takes advantage of the gift and filters it in depth to Borja Iglesias who rampages in the clutter of red and white behind. Cae Oblak in the heads up. 2-0. The immediate changes of Cholo are of little use. Montero so that Saúl leaves the defense, Vitolo so that Lemar was dragging his day of nothing to the bench. The Atleti would not be replenished and the blows.

El Espanyol gave water, soap and itches like a wasp. The rojiblancos exceeded, nothing came. And luckily, at least they had Oblak. Before Iglesias put the closure to the penalty game, after charging Juanfran to stop Puado, he left two of his hands miracle. Before Darder, before Pedrosa. A tribute to a season full of horrible photos like this one from Cornellá: it is the only one that has maintained the level in it. Even yesterday, thrashed by the best Espanyol Rubi.

The silver will have to wait. Meanwhile, Pedrosa could continue running.



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