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MILAN---AC Milan beat relegation-threatened
Cagliari 3-1 to end a run of three matches without
a victory in Serie A yesterday.
However, there were few fans present to witness
the victory, with the Milan ultras calling a strike to
protest poor results, leaving the stands mainly empty
apart from banners which read: "Game over" and
"Insert coin to save Milan."
Jeremy Menez scored twice including a penalty,
while Philippe Mexes scored Milan s other goal.
Diego Farias leveled for Cagliari, which also hit the
post through Joao Pedro.
Milan moved provisionally up to eighth, while Cagliari
remained four points from safety as new coach Zdenek
Zeman is still without a win after two matches in
Earlier, Chievo Verona missed a penalty but held on
for a much-needed 1-0 victory over Palermo.
Menez broke the deadlock in the 21st minute, cutting
inside the left side of the penalty area and curling a
fine strike into the far side of goal.
Cagliari leveled at the start of the second half as,
following a rapid counterattack, Marco Sau set up
Farias, who dribbled past Mexes before slotting past
Diego Lopez. Mexes atoned for his error two minutes
later by restoring Milan s lead with a powerful volley
from a corner.
Cagliari should have equalised again in the 75th but
Joao Pedro s effort crashed off the post.
The Sardinian side was made to rue that missed
opportunity shortly afterwards when Alessio Cerci was
brought down by Verona defender Luca Ceppitelli and,
even though the foul appeared to be outside the area,
the referee pointed to the penalty spot. (AP)
AC Milan beats
BARCELONA---Midfielder Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion
set up two goals to help Atletico Madrid ease to a
2-0 win over crosstown rival Getafe and keep in
touch with the top three teams in the Spanish league
Atletico overwhelmed the visitors from the start
at its Vicente Calderon Stadium with the defending
champion s preferred weapon of scoring through
set-pieces, with Fernando Torres sending in a long
headed goal from Koke s free kick three minutes after
Torres first league goal since rejoining his boyhood
club in the winter transfer market---along with three
goals in the Copa del Rey---came four days after he
netted a decisive spot kick. Atletico beat Bayer Lev-
erkusen in a penalty shootout on Tuesday to advance
to a Champions League quarterfinal against Real
"Torres is improving, understanding his teammates
better," Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. "He lives
to score and needed to score in the league.
He creates healthy competition with (striker Mario)
Mandzukic, who is a decisive player for us. We needed
more from Torres and he is giving it to us."
Simeone s side pressed for a second goal, coming
close in the ninth when Koke s low strike hit the
post and almost went in after the rebound hit goal-
keeper Vicente Guaita s boot and squirmed by the
The decisive goal fell four minutes before halftime
when Raul Jimenez flicked on Koke s corner for Tiago
Cardoso to head home at the far post.
"In the first 25 minutes my team played very well,
passing well, creating a lot of scoring chances, showing
intensity. Eventually we did our damage through set-
pieces," Simeone said.
Atletico ended a run of three consecutive draws
in the league to remain one point behind third-place
League leader Barcelona is six points ahead of
Atletico before hosting second-place Real Madrid
on Sunday, with only one point separating
the fierce rivals.
Asked if he would watch the clasico, Sime-
one said he was "more interested" in the
match between fifth-place Sevilla and sixth-
place Villarreal, also on Sunday.
Getafe, which remained in 13th place, lost
substitute forward Karim Yoda to a leg injury
with seven minutes to play.
Rayo Vallecano won its fourth straight
home match by edging 10-man Malaga 1-
0 to move into ninth place, two spots behind
Rayo forward Gael Kakuta headed in
Alberto Bueno s pass for the 21st-minute
winner. Malaga s comeback effort was under-
mined by losing defender Marcos Angeleri
to two yellow card offences in the 74th.
Athletic Bilbao also used a dominant first
half to beat Almeria 2-1 and stay in eighth
with its fifth victory in a row.
Defender Xabier Etxeita headed in Bilbao s
first goal in the ninth, and Mikel Rico con-
trolled Julian Cuesta s clearance with his
chest before floating a delicate shot over the
goalie in the 26th.
Almeria halved the difference two minutes
after the restart when Welington Silva s shot
hit Bilbao left back Mikel Balenziaga and
went in. Almeria played injury time with 10
after Fran Velez received his second yellow
Celta Vigo rose to right behind Rayo after
substitute striker Charles slid to finish off
a nifty passing combination from Pablo Her-
nandez and Manuel "Nolito" Agudo with
four minutes left to deal Levante a 1-0 loss
at home that kept it in the relegation zone.
Granada likewise remained in danger of
the drop after a 0-0 draw at home with
14th-place Eibar, which ended an eight-
game losing streak. (AP)
Atletico wins to stay in touch with top 3
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