Villarreal reclaimed third place in the Spanish first division with a 1-0 home win over Champions League rivals Sevilla on Sunday, with Brazilian striker Nilmar’s ninth league goal of the season sealing victory.
Nilmar, the club’s record signing at 11 million euros (US$14.6 million), struck on 29 minutes as Villarreal made it 19 points from 21 at home and climbed back into third after Espanyol had temporarily gone a point above them with a 1-0 home win over Sporting Gijon.
Espanyol sit two points behind Villarreal, maintaining their 100 percent home record with a 1-0 win over Sporting Gijon at the Cornella-El Prat Stadium.
Relegation rivals Almeria and Real Zaragoza shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.
In other matches, Malaga moved out of the bottom three with a thumping 4-1 home win over Racing Santander on Sunday.
Elsewhere, promoted Real Sociedad defeated Athletic Bilbao 2-0 to win the first Basque derby since the 2006 to 2007 season.
At the top, champions Barcelona stayed two points clear of Real Madrid with a 3-0 win at Osasuna on Saturday thanks to a Lionel Messi brace.
In Sunday’s late game, an 89th-minute header by Fernando earned Bordeaux a 2-2 draw at Saint-Etienne that prevented the hosts from recording their first win in nine matches.
Bordeaux climb two places to eighth, while Les Verts remain 11th.
Earlier, Senegal striker Moussa Sow claimed a hat-trick as Lille returned to the top of the standings with an extraordinary 6-3 win at home to Lorient in their rearranged game.
Fabio Quagliarella suffered a Frank Lampard moment on Sunday when he had a perfectly good goal ruled out in Juventus’s 3-1 win at Catania when officials failed to spot his shot had crossed the line.
Quagliarella unleashed a 43rd-minute drive from a Milos Krasic pass that crashed against the crossbar before bouncing behind the line and back into play in a replay of Lampard’s effort in England’s World Cup defeat to Germany.
Quagliarella got on the scoresheet just before the break after being freed by Vincenzo Iaquinta and he made it 3-1 on the hour mark as Juventus moved on to 27 points, six behind leaders AC Milan.
Goalkeeper Julio Sergio allowed a long-range effort from Davide Moscardelli to slip through his grasp just after the hour. And with seven minutes remaining, Pablo Granoche slotted home the equalizer for Chievo before Roma’s misery was compounded when skipper Daniele De Rossi was sent off for a reckless lunge on Moscardelli.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there
HOTSHOT: Luis Suarez scored his 194th goal for Barca, tying him with Ladislao Kubala as the club’s third-highest scorer, behind Cesar Rodriguez and Lionel Messi With another decisive penalty from Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid on Sunday extended their perfect run after the COVID-19 suspension and moved closer to their first Spanish title in three years. Ramos scored his fifth goal since the season resumed as Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to maintain a four-point lead over Barcelona, who beat fifth-placed Villarreal 4-1. Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann were among the scorers for Barcelona after assists from Lionel Messi. Ramos converted a 73rd-minute penalty to give Madrid their seventh straight victory and they remain the only team with a perfect record since La Liga resumed. “These three points are very