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.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017