Match ends, Almería 2, Atlético de Madrid 0.
Atletico Madrid were knocked off the top of La Liga by Real Madrid after a disappointing defeat at Almeria.
Diego Simeone's men crashed to their second league defeat of the campaign after two late goals for relegation-threatened Almeria.
Verza's cross opened the scoring with 10 minutes left before the midfielder doubled the lead from the penalty spot.
Atletico goalkeeper Dani Aranzubia was sent off for fouling Sundy Zongo in the build-up to the penalty.
The visitors had made all three of their substitutes, leaving midfielder Gabi to go in goal for the final five minutes on a miserable night for them.
Real Madrid had beaten Villarreal 4-2 earlier in the evening to move level on points with their city rivals.
But, with the chance to return three points clear of La Liga, Atletico produced one of their worst performances of the season to drop below Real on goal difference.
Atletico led La Liga outright for the first time since their double-winning season in 1995-96 after a 4-0 over Real Sociedad on 2 February.
But just six days later, they have lost the advantage with Barcelona also able to move ahead of them with a win at Sevilla on Sunday.
For 79 minutes neither side looked capable of scoring, until Almeria's Aleix Vidal had a shot from the edge of the area hit both posts.
The visitors failed to heed the warning and were behind a minute later when Verza whipped in a cross from the left wing, and the ball went over Aranzubia and into the net.
To seal a miserable night for Atletico, Aranzubia received a harsh red card for pulling back Zongo after his clearance had hit the striker.
And, with makeshift goalkeeper Gabi going the wrong way, Verza made sure of victory from the spot.
- 1Andrés Suárez
- 20Ramos Lozano
- 16DubarbierBooked at 58mins
- 17Fernández SaezSubstituted forGarcía Pérez-Roldánat 90'minutes
- 7García Rabasco
- 19Sundy ZongoSubstituted forDíaz Gonzálezat 90+3'minutes
- 23SorianoBooked at 43minsSubstituted forRodrigues Barbosaat 58'minutes
- 8Vidal Parreu
- 3Silva Fernández
- 9Díaz González
- 11Rodrigues Barbosa
- 15García Pérez-Roldán
- 25Cuesta Díaz
- 1AranzubiaBooked at 84mins
- 20Torres Belén
- 14Fernández Arenas
- 8Garcia EscuderoBooked at 55minsSubstituted forLópez Álvarezat 77'minutes
- 5Cardoso MendesSubstituted forSuárezat 67'minutes
- 19Diego Costa
- 21Ribas da CunhaBooked at 23minsSubstituted forSosaat 68'minutes
- 7López Álvarez
- Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Almería 2, Atlético de Madrid 0.
Miranda (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Óscar Díaz (Almería).
Substitution, Almería. Óscar Díaz replaces Jonathan.
Attempt blocked. Javier Manquillo (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Ángel Trujillo.
Substitution, Almería. Corona replaces Suso.
Goal! Almería 2, Atlético de Madrid 0. Verza (Almería) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.
Daniel Aranzubia (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the red card.
Penalty conceded by Daniel Aranzubia (Atlético de Madrid) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty Almería. Jonathan draws a foul in the penalty area.
Corner, Almería. Conceded by Daniel Aranzubia.
Attempt saved. Aleix Vidal (Almería) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonathan.
Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Rafita (Almería).
Goal! Almería 1, Atlético de Madrid 0. Verza (Almería) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left to the top right corner. Assisted by Suso following a corner.
Corner, Almería. Conceded by Diego Godín.
Attempt blocked. Aleix Vidal (Almería) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Sebastián Dubarbier.
Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Adrián replaces Raúl García.