AP NEWS
Related topics

BC-SOC--Spanish Roundup

May 4, 2019
Atletico Madrid has lost at Espanyol 3-0 in the Spanish league, missing a chance to secure second place. A draw would have been enough for Atletico but it conceded a goal in each half in the away loss to midtable Espanyol. Atletico can still clinch a runner-up finish this weekend if third-placed Real Madrid loses or draws against Villarreal on Sunday.

MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid lost to Espanyol 3-0 in the Spanish league on Saturday, missing a chance to secure second place.

A draw would have been enough for Atletico but it conceded a goal in each half in the away loss to mid-table Espanyol.

Atletico can still clinch a runner-up finish this weekend if third-placed Real Madrid loses or draws against Villarreal on Sunday.

Real Madrid is nine points behind Atletico with three games left, but it holds the head-to-head tiebreaker between the city rivals.

Atletico is seeking consecutive top-two finishes in the Spanish league for the first time since 1973-74. That was also the last time Real Madrid finished out of the top two in consecutive years.

___

More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

___

Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoni