La Liga: Atletico Madrid suffer first home defeat of the season against Espanyol
Last Updated: 06/05/18 11:14pm
Atletico Madrid slumped to their first home defeat of the La Liga season as they were beaten 2-0 by Espanyol at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Atletico boss left star striker Antoine Griezmann on the bench with one eye on the upcoming Europa League final against Marseille, while Diego Costa was suspended.
The visitors had won just one of their previous seven La Liga matches and appeared to be cruising towards the end of the campaign.
But they held Atletico at bay in the first half then grabbed a surprise lead eight minutes after the interval when Oscar Melendo's shot was deflected past his own keeper by Stefan Savic.
And Espanyol made sure of victory in the 77th minute when Leo Baptistao fired home from the edge of the area, leaving Atletico still with work to do to hold on to second place from city rivals Real, who drew 2-2 at Barcelona.
Alaves continued their impressive end to the season with a fourth win in six matches after brushing aside already-relegated Malaga 3-0 at La Rosaleda.
Manu Garcia opened the scoring inside three minutes when he fired low past Andres Prieto and two goals in quick succession midway through the second half wrapped things up.
Ermedin Demirovic made it 2-0 in the 68th minute when he finished off a rapid counter-attack with a lob over Prieto, and then Ibai Gomez struck Alaves' third two minutes later with a brilliant curling effort into the top corner.
Another already-relegated side, Las Palmas, were beaten by a late Angel Rodriguez goal as Getafe moved ahead of Sevilla and up to seventh in the La Liga table.
Angel struck in the 88th minute to hand the visitors their fourth win in five matches.