Atletico Manager Diego Simeone was delighted with the work-rate shown by his side as they held on for a 1-0 win over Espanyol despite playing 45 minutes with 10 men.
Atletico Madrid's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao (L) celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Atletico de Madrid vs Espanyol at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on February 24, 2013. Atletico cut Barcelona's lead at the top of La Liga back to 12 points as Falcao's penalty was enough to hand them a 1-0 win over Espanyol.
Radamel Falcao's 38th minute penalty proved enough to reduce to gap to Barcelona at the top of the table back to 12 points, but Atleti were forced to do it the hard way after captain Gabi received a soft second yellow card in the final action of the first-half.
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