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Villarreal reclaim third place with Sevilla triumph


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.

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