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Villarreal end Atletico’s unbeaten streak


Villarreal’s Luciano Vietto, center, scores past Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Miguel Moya in their La Liga match at the Vicente Calderon in Madrid, Spain, on Sunday.

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Villarreal ended Atletico Madrid’s streak of 27 straight home games without a loss in La Liga after striker Luciano Vietto scored late to grab a 1-0 win on Sunday.

Vietto received a pass and used a quick change of foot to shed Diego Godin, before firing the winner past goalkeeper Miguel Moya with six minutes to play.

The defending champions had not lost in the league at the Vicente Calderon since May 12 last year, a 2-1 defeat to Barcelona.

Elsewhere, RCD Espanyol substitute Christian Stuani also scored late to snatch a 2-1 win over 10-man Granada, while promoted Sociedad Deportiva Eibar continued their impressive debut campaign in the top flight by drawing 0-0 at fourth-placed Sevilla.

Real Sociedad also drew 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao under steady rain at the Estadio Anoeta in coach David Moyes’ first Basque Country derby.

Villarreal resisted Atletico’s constant push with saves from goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo until searching for the late goal they found through Vietto’s boot.

“The truth is that this was a very tough match,” the 21-year-old Vietto said. “They have what I think is the best defense in Europe, but we managed to pull out the win.”

Espanyol’s Stuani raced in at the far post to volley home Lucas Vazquez’s cross in the 90th minute after Granada were left a man down in the 82nd when Juan Carlos Perez received his second booking.

Vazquez had already played a part in Espanyol’s first goal in the 34th minute when his deflected cross fell to Felipe Caicedo, who poked it past goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez.

Granada equalized through Youssef El Arabi in the 61st minute after Ivan “Riki” Sanchez-Rico made his season debut as a substitute to energize the visitors.

Under coach Sergio Gonzalez, Barcelona-based Espanyol have not lost in seven straight home games after falling in their opener.

Stuani, a starter in recent seasons, has flourished coming off the bench and leads Espanyol with six goals in the league.

In San Sebastian, Carlos Vela headed Sociedad in front in the third minute.

The hosts wasted a pair of good opportunities to score before Bilbao emerged the better side after halftime, with Oscar de Marcos leveling in the 61st minute.

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