Atletico Madrid escape with a win against Espanyol

Atletico Madrid, who was reduced to ten men, also left it late, as Yannick Carrasco scored the game-winning penalty with the game’s last kick for a 2-1 victory against Espanyol.

When Geoffrey Kondogbia was sent off in the second half, Atletico appeared ready to lose another two points at the Wanda Metropolitano. But three minutes later, Raul de Tomas canceled out Carrasco’s opening, his free-kick slithering between Jan Oblak’s fingertips.

However, De Tomas handballed deep into additional time, with the referee giving the spot-kick after a lengthy debate with VAR before Carrasco kept his nerve. The ball went into the goal as the clock approached 100 minutes.

“It was a big game for us, and when you score with the final kick of the game, it makes it much more crucial for us to reach our objective this season,” Carrasco said.

Atletico maintains a three-point lead over Real Betis in fifth place and is equal on points with third-placed Sevilla.

After losing at Mallorca last weekend and then being knocked out of the Champions League by Manchester City in midweek, Diego Simeone’s team cannot afford another setback to their confidence.

The magnitude of the victory was emphasized by the Argentine racing down the touchline after Carrasco’s winning penalty, before joining his relieved teammates in the corner.

Atletico broke Espanyol down in the 52nd minute when Matheus Cunha, who came in at halftime, slipped in Carrasco, who twisted inside and drove past Diego Lopez at the near post.

However, the game shifted in Espanyol’s favor in the 71st minute when Kondogbia was issued a second yellow card for blocking Sergi Darder’s shot with his hand, and De Tomas equalized with the following free-kick.

Oblak, who is normally dependable, was at fault when he mishandled a straightforward save, allowing the ball to strike the post and dribble in.

Espanyol sought a victory with a man advantage, but Atletico found a way back.

In the 95th minute, De Tomas attempted to clear Antoine Griezmann’s flicked header but misjudged his angles and the ball struck his elbow.

Carrasco made no mistakes in the 100th minute.

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