Espanyol 3 Atletico Madrid 0: Sloppy Rojiblancos overrun on the road

Atletico Madrid suffered its sixth La Liga loss of the season as an impressive Espanyol made it seven matches without defeat.

Adria Pedrosa celebrates after Diego Godin's own goal.   -  Getty Images

Espanyol breathed life into its Europa League qualification hopes with a surprise 3-0 win over a lacklustre Atletico Madrid at RCDE Stadium on Saturday.

Diego Godin's own goal on the stroke of half-time and Borja Iglesias' double after the interval lifted Rubi's side to within three points of seventh-placed Real Valladolid, which entertains Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Atletico, having watched Barcelona sew up the La Liga title last weekend, looked very much like a team with little to play for as they slumped to a sixth league loss of the season.

Diego Simeone's men still require a point from their final two fixtures to ensure Real Madrid cannot sneak into second.

Espanyol, without a clean sheet in their 11 previous matches, almost gifted Atletico an early lead.

Diego Lopez denied Alvaro Morata in the third minute after the striker dispossessed Mario Hermoso, who soon returned the favour by cleaning up his goalkeeper's handling error.

Atletico appeared equally vulnerable and fell behind in first-half added time. Adria Pedrosa burst down the left, skipped past a challenge and saw his cross trickle in off Godin's outstretched boot.

Iglesias doubled the margin in the 52nd minute, racing onto Oscar Melendo's well-weighted ball in behind and beating Jan Oblak from a tough angle.

Only Oblak stood between Espanyol and a deserved third as the half wore on, parrying thumping strikes from Sergi Darder and striker Iglesias.

The latter was not to be denied his double. Juanfran stepped across Javi Puado's path in the box and, in the 89th minute, Iglesias dispatched the resultant spot-kick into the top-left corner to complete a convincing victory.

What does it mean? Rojiblancos risking bragging rights

Top spot might be out of Atletico's reach but it still has work to do in order to finish above city rival Real.

Failing to do the business in the next two matches and leaving the door open to Zinedine Zidane's side is an outcome Simeone will not want to consider.

Pedrosa rippling with potential

Already admired at his boyhood club, flying young full-back Pedrosa further endeared himself to the home fans with a splendid showing against high-pedigree opponent.

The 20-year-old's run for the opening goal was exhilarating and his impressive level of composure was not consistent with that of a player making just his 10th top-flight appearance.

Misfiring Morata becomes anonymous

There have been peaks and troughs in the first part of Morata's loan stint and this was a match to forget.

He failed to score with a good chance in the opening exchanges, made unconvincing contact with a header not long after and then faded out of the contest entirely.

What's next?

Atletico hosts Sevilla next Sunday and then concludes its campaign away to Levante seven days later.

Espanyol will fancy its chances of taking maximum points from next weekend's trip to Leganes and subsequent home date with Real Sociedad.

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