Kicking was a bit shaky but an all round dependable performance was topped off with a world class save from a Tiago header to keep the match all square.
Did well considering it was only his second ever senior appearance in which Sergio Aguero was kept fairly quiet for the last thirty minutes.
A very poor mistake handed Atletico the lead in the opening minute but was able to get over his error and get in a few very important interceptions that would have lead to goalscoring opportunities for Sergio Aguero.
Put in a few good tackles outside of the Espanyol box and looked comfortable with the ball at his feet, which allowed his side the opportunity to counter attack.
Got forward well and he instigated the pressing of the Atletico players, which became a factor in their good performance.
Looked decent going forward but was bullied by Diego Costa at times in the match, which resulted in a petulant kick out at the Brazilian that got him a yellow card.
Dictated the play in the midfield area with a range of passes. Provided Osvaldo with two great deliveries over the top of the Atletico defence to grab a couple of assists.
Terrorised the Atletico defence with his power at times and took his header like a world class striker.
Played well in the first half but a terrible back pass let Aguero put Atletico 2-1 up and this error tarnished his performance for the rest of the match. Was subsequently substituted.
Barely gave the ball away and acted as a good partner to Verdu to build up attacks for the home side.
Looked dangerous in the first half and was a pest to the Atletico defenders, but let his performance slip slightly in the second half and was substituted in a tactical switch.
Could do nothing to prevent both of Espanyol's goals and looked to create counter attacks from the back whenever possible.
Relied heavily on his pace to make up for poor touches and struggled to deal with the dangerous Osvaldo.
Reacted far too slowly when Osvaldo scored his first goal but managed to organise the Atletico defence well into a relatively solid unit.
Much the opposite of Filipe in that a solid defensive display was let down by being wasteful in possession when Atletico Madrid were attacking.
Was out of position a few times when defending but always provided an extra man down the left hand side and managed to get in a few decent crosses from the byline.
Was able to give his side a great start to the match by latching on to a terrible mistake from Galan but did not manage to affect the play from the flank and was eventually substituted with injury just before the break.
Was unable to get a real stranglehold on the game with his passing but looked dangerous when making late runs into the Espanyol box.
Carried out his job well and was a key factor in stopping the ascendancy of Espanyol with interceptions in the midfield area which managed to break down opposition attacks.
Complimented Sergio Aguero well with his pace and power but a lack of quality in his final pass and finishing cost Atletico a few goalscoring opportunities.
Was always a danger to the opposition even in his quiet spells in the game. Finished his goal masterfully by chipping the ball over Kameni.
José Antonio Reyes
Managed to set Aguero loose with a couple of defence splitting passes but did not do enough to bother the Espanyol backline with his pace and skill.