Espanyol 1-2 Atletico Madrid: Lemar's 99th-minute winner completes comeback

Griezmann didn't offer much on his Atletico debut but the Rojiblanco left with three points

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Thomas Lemar scored a 99th-minute winner as Atletico Madrid came from behind to beat Espanyol 2-1 at the RCDE Stadium on Antoine Griezmann's second debut for the club. 

Raul de Tomas gave Espanyol a deserved lead in the first half but Atletico roared back after the break. Yannick Carrasco levelled in the 79th minute and Lemar, introduced at half time, netted the winner in the 10 minutes of added-on time. 

Atletico move top with 10 points from their four games, while Espanyol are still waiting for their first win of the season. They have two points. 

Espanyol did score their first goal of the season, though, on Sunday and it was the least they deserved in the first half. 

Adri Embarba was especially threatening and was twice thwarted by the brilliant Jan Oblak. However, Oblak could do nothing about De Tomas' looping header just before the break which opened the scoring. 

This was supposed to be about Griezmann, who rejoined Atletico from Barcelona on deadline day, but the French forward could not get into the game. 

Playing off Luis Suarez, his best chance was a header off target and a skied strike from 20 yards. 

He survived the half-time cull, when Diego Simeone made three changes, but was taken off on the hour. Suarez soon followed. 

Lemar first thought he'd equalised early in the second half but his goal was ruled out by VAR. Suarez had touched the ball in an offside position just before. 

The brilliant Carrasco eventually levelled with 10 minutes to play, showing great persistence to bamboozle three Espanyol defenders before firing past Diego Lopez. 

Espanyol looked happy to settle for a point but they couldn't hold out through 10 minutes of stoppage time, with Lemar's shot beating Lopez, who could have done better, with the clock ticking down. 



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