Atlético de Madrid mustered a hard-fought point against a resilient ten-man RCD Espanyol outfit with a 1-1 draw at the Estadio Metropolitano, registering a fifth straight undefeated league match against the visitors.
As expected, the Colchoneros saw more of the ball thereafter, but not before Morata thwarted a close-range header from the ensuing free-kick inches wide of the right post.
Having conceded first in their last four away league games, Diego Martínez’s men looked close to making it five in a row, but held themselves tight until the HT whistle, leaving everything to play for in the second period.
Driven by main man Antoine Griezmann in attack, Atletico bombarded the Espanyol goal in ruthless manner and came close with successive half-chances around the hour mark.
Astonishingly, it was the Blanquiazules who opened the scoring for the first time in five away league matches via Sergi Darder’s superb volley from point-blank range that squeezed past Jan Oblak in the near post.
In stark contrast, Espanyol will be proud of their resilience with the man disadvantage, as they register a league-high sixth draw this term.