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Atletico hits 99th-minute winner against Espanyol

Thomas Lemar scored in the ninth minute of added time to give Atletico Madrid a last-gasp 2-1 victory at promoted Espanyol in La Liga yesterday.

Yannick Carrasco levelled for the visitors 11 minutes from full time after Raul de Tomas had put the hosts in front in the first period with a sublime looping header. The Belgian’s effort had looked to have ensured the spoils would be shared before the late drama. The result moved Atletico to the top of the table with 10 points from four games, with a number of the other sides at the top yet to play this weekend. Wu Lei’s Espanyol has two points from its four games. Lemar, one of those who came as coach Diego Simeone made three halftime changes, thought he had levelled eight minutes after the break when he fired in Marcos Llorente’s cross. However, a lengthy VAR review deemed Luis Suarez was offside in the build-up. In the end that lengthy pause — one of a number in a feisty encounter — was key for Atleti as referee Juan Martinez Munuera added on 10 minutes of stoppage time.


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