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Atletico Madrid s streak of 27
straight home games without a
loss in the Spanish league after
striker Luciano Vietto scored late
to grab a 1-0 win yesterday.
Vietto used a quick change of
foot to shed Diego Godin before
firing the winner past goalkeeper
Miguel Moya with six minutes to
The defending champions hadn t
lost in the league at Vicente
Calderon Stadium since May 12,
2013, a 2-1 defeat to Barcelona.
Atletico s loss left it seven points
adrift of leader Real Madrid and
three behind Barcelona, after the
Catalan club stumbled 0-0 at
Getafe on Saturday.
Villarreal resisted Atletico s con-
stant push with saves from goal-
keeper Sergio Asenjo until searching
for the late goal it found through
Vietto s boot.
"The truth is that this was a very
tough match," said the 21-year-old
Vietto. "They have what I think is
the best defense in Europe, but we
managed to pull out the win."
Vietto is one of the quiet surprises
of the season, scoring eight goals
in all competitions for Villarreal.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone gave
Vietto his debut at the age of 17
when they were together at Argen-
tine club Racing in 2011.
"I will always be grateful to Sime-
one," Vietto said. "But that is sec-
ondary. Now I play for Villarreal
and he is with Atletico and our
paths have happened to cross."
Villarreal rose into sixth place
and a Europa League position.
Elsewhere, Espanyol substitute
Christian Stuani also scored late to
snatch a 2-1 win over 10-man
Granada, while promoted Eibar con-
tinued its impressive debut cam-
paign in the top flight by drawing
0-0 at Sevilla.
Stuani raced in at the far post to
volley home Lucas Vazquez s cross
in the 90th after Granada was left
a man down in the 82nd when Juan
Carlos Perez received his second booking for handling the ball.
Vazquez had already played a part in Espanyol s first goal in the 34th
when his deflected cross fell to
Felipe Caicedo, who poked it past
goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez.
Granada equalised through
Youssef El Arabi in the 61st after
forward Ivan "Riki" Sanchez-Rico
made his season debut as a substi-
tute to energize the visitors.
Espanyol rose to 11th place. Under
first-year coach Sergio Gonzalez,
the Barcelona-based side hasn t lost
in seven straight home games after
falling in its home opener.
Stuani, a starter in recent seasons,
has flourished coming off the bench
and leads Espanyol with six goals
in the league.
"It was a very important goal
after we lost at Barcelona (5-1),"
said Stuani. "We had a debt to settle
with our fans."
Granada, in 16th, remained win-
less in 11 rounds and two points
above the relegation zone.
Sevilla stayed in fourth place
while Eibar was ninth. Athletic Bil-
bao visits Real Sociedad later in a
Basque Country derby.Copyright
2014, The Associated Press.
PARIS---Jeremy Pied headed home
the winner and goalkeeper Jonas
Lossl denied Zlatan Ibrahimovic
with a decisive save in the closing
stages as defending champions Paris
Saint-Germain slumped to their first
defeat in the French league with a
1-0 loss at relegation-threatened
After losing 3-1 midweek to
Barcelona in the Champions League,
PSG could not recover from its first
major setback of the season and
looked bereft of ideas against an
entertaining Guingamp side.
Although PSG almost opened the
scoring when Edinson Cavani s volley
brushed the woodwork, Guingamp
was the better team and deservedly
moved ahead after David Luiz fouled
PSG defenders were caught nap-
ping on the resulting free kick as
Younousse Sankhare was left
unmarked in the box and headed the
ball for Pied, who beat goalkeeper
Salvatore Sirigu with a diving header
in the 11th minute.
"I m not satisfied with my team s
showing. I was really disappointed
by our first half especially after we
warned the players about Guingamp s
quality on set pieces," PSG coach
Laurent Blanc said. "This loss embod-
ies our struggles since the start of
the league season. We were made to
pay for the lack of aggressiveness I
have been ruing for a while."
PSG remained second in the stand-
ings. Guingamp, which has one of
the smallest budgets in the league,
climbed to 13th overall, four points
away from the relegation zone.
Guingamp, which reached the
Europa League round-of-32 for the
first time this week, had a good
chance to double its lead soon after
the interval when Claudio Beauvue
forced Sirigu to parry the ball into
the corner with a fine shot from the
edge of the box after being picked
out by Sankhare.
PSG coach Laurent Blanc brought
on Yohan Cabaye and Lucas in the
second half but the move did not add
spark to his team s performance.
With three minutes remaining,
Ibrahimovic connected with a cross
from Gregory van der Wiel but the
Sweden striker s shot from close range
was saved by Lossl and the PSG for-
ward could not score from the
Earlier, Saint-Etienne extended its
unbeaten run in the league to nine
games following a lackluster 0-0 draw
at Nice before Lille moved to 12th
with a 3-0 win over Toulouse.
After being knocked out from the
Europa League, Saint-Etienne
appeared tired and powerless against
a well-organized Nice side that did
not create many chances either.
Saint-Etienne substitute Max-Alain
Gradel had his team s best opportu-
nity in the 90th minute with a shot
onto the post from a tight angle.
Christophe Galtier s side kept a
fifth consecutive clean sheet and
remained fourth in the standings but
lost ground in the race for the Cham-
pions League places, now lagging
three points behind bitter rival Lyon.
Tempers frayed toward the end of
the first half after Ismael Diomande
deliberately stopped Carlos Eduardo s
run down the right flank, with the
Brazilian responding by sending his
foot into the midfielder s head.
Referee Lionel Jaffredo wasted little
time listening to both teams argu-
ments and sent off both players.
Atletico's Mario Mandzukic is challenged by Villarreal players during a
Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico de Madrid and Villarreal at
the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Villarreal ends Atletico's home unbeaten run
Paris falls to Guingamp
in France soccer loss
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