Los Rojiblancos maintained their unbeaten start to the 2021/22 campaign with French international Thomas Lemar scoring the winner in the 99th minute.
Both sides had chances to edge in front in the opening stages with Adri Embarba denied and the returning Antoine Griezmann heading just wide.
Raúl de Tomás has Espanyol in front against the champions at the break 🔵⚪ pic.twitter.com/RkkYGGWHVX
— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) September 12, 2021
Simeone’s side looked to increase the pressure after the restart with Lemar seeing a goal ruled out for offside by VAR before Yannick Carrasco netted an superb equaliser with seven minutes left.
But with an extended period of time allotted by the officials, Belgian star Carrasco broke into the box and squared for Lemar to sweep home the wining goal.
✅ Late goals.
✅ Comeback win.
— LaLigaTV (@LaLigaTV) September 12, 2021
Up next for Atletico Madrid is their first Champions League game of 2021/22 with a home match against Porto.
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