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  • April 17, 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, Cornella de Llobregat
  • Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
  • • Attendance: 30000

Espanyol 2-2 Atletico Madrid: Brace from Pablo Osvaldo denies Mattress-makers full points

Espanyol 2-2 Atletico Madrid: Brace from Pablo Osvaldo denies Mattress-makers full points

Both teams play out an enjoyable game, highlighted by Osvaldo brace, with Atleti remaining ahead of their Catalan rivals in the hunt for European football next season

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A brace from Pablo Osvaldo was enough to earn a 2-2 draw for Espanol against Atletico Madrid after two horrendous mistakes forced the Catalan outfit to chase the game after going behind on both occasions.

It was a nightmare start to the match for Espanyol as they found themselves 1-0 down inside the opening ninety seconds. Bad defending from the home side led to Galan scuffing his attempted clearance into the path of Koke who duly slotted the ball home 12 yards out.

It almost got worse for Mauricio Pochettino's side in only the fifth minute as the visitors had a solid shout for a penalty when Sergio Aguero was brought down from behind by Luis Garcia. The referee decided to wave play on, much to the bemusement of Atletico’s No. 10.

Shortly after, Espanyol managed to compose themselves and gain a foothold in the game. Both teams were showcasing a great appetite for the three points on offer with free-flowing football on display resulting in an entertaining match.

Atletico should have doubled their advantage in the 30th minute after Aguero managed to beat the offside trap only to hesitate a split second too long which allowed Galan to nip in and make a vital block. 

Atleti were made to pay for not increasing their advantage as Pablo Osvaldo hunted down a terrific ball from Verdu, and after shrugging off the challenge of Luis Perea, the Argentine saw his strike deflected in off the Colombian defender. David De Gea was left stranded as he could only watch the ball ricochet into the roof of the net.

The two teams went in level at 1-1 at half time knowing that they had both missed countless opportunities to add to the score line.

Los Colchoneros came out firing in the second half and managed to take the lead in the 50th minute through their talismanic Argentine forward, Aguero. The striker latched onto a horrific back-pass from Jose Callejon, who played a suicidal ball on the halfway line towards his own goal. El Kun then nipped in front of his defender and sent a delightfully chipped finish over the despairing Carlos Kameni.

The home side didn’t take long to draw level again as Pablo Osvaldo got his second goal of the match in the 58th minute. It was Verdu again with the assist which led to a lovely guided header from Osvaldo at the back post back across the diving De Gea.

Both teams chased for a winner, but were unable to break each other down and the ninety minutes came to a close with the draw being the fair outcome.

The share of the spoils did neither side any favours, however. Atletico lie in sixth place with 46 points, levelled with Sevilla in seventh and Espanyol just one spot behind on 45 points as the race for the final Europa League berth hots up.