Atletico Madrid’s Alvaro Morata reacts to a missed goal opportunity during their Spanish League match against Celta Vigo on Saturday. Agence France-Presse
Atletico Madrid failed to win for a third straight game in all competitions as an inspired performance from Ruben Blanco secured Celta Vigo an unexpected 0-0 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Diego Simeone’s side saw their 100 per cent LaLiga record come to an emphatic end against Real Sociedad last weekend, while they rallied on Wednesday to secure a 2-2 Champions League draw with Juventus.
With this draw, it was a sluggish Atletico that failed to score at home in league action for the first time since May 2018.
Earlier, on Saturday, Samuel Chukwueze provided an assist to help Villarreal defeat Real Valladolid 2-0.
After featuring as an unused substitute in last Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Leganes, Chukwueze came off the bench in the 66th minute for his fourth league appearance of the season.
The 20-year-old assisted Javi Ontiveros to score his maiden goal for Villarreal in the 89th minute, which doubled the hosts’ lead after Santi Cazorla broke the deadlock in the 77th minute.
The victory moved Villarreal to third place in the La Liga table with eight points after five matches.
Chukwueze will be hoping to increase his tally of a goal and an assist when Villarreal visit Barcelona for their next league fixture on Tuesday.
In a Friday encounter, Osasuna drew 0-0 with Real Betis at home to remain undefeated in its first season back in the Spanish league.
Osasuna beat Leganes in its opener and has strung together four draws, including 2-2 against defending champion Barcelona.
With this goalless draw, Betis kept its first clean sheet of the season.
Betis next hosts Levante on Tuesday, while Osasuna visits Real Madrid on Wednesday.
Spanish League results:
On Saturday: Villarreal 2 (Cazorla 77-pen, Ontiveros 89) Valladolid 0; Levante 0 Eibar 0; Atletico Madrid 0, Celta Vigo 0; On Friday: Osasuna 0 Real Betis 0
Atletico Madrid thrashed Alaves 4-0 on Saturday to keep alive their faint hopes of winning the La Liga title as they stayed 10 points behind leaders Barcelona in second place in the standings.
Peru failed to capitalise on a ten-man Brazil 20 minutes from time — after Gabriel Jesus was sent off for a second yellow — leaving Tite’s charges holding on to win the Copa America 3-1 in front of boisterous home fans on Sunday.
Al Jazira are delighted to announce the signing of the prolific Brazilian striker Marcos da Silva Franca. The 29 year-old Marcos da Silva França, popularly known as Keno or Marcos Keno, will join his new ‘Pride of Abu Dhabi’ team-mates
Party-poopers South Africa will need to be at their very best to overturn recent history against Wales in this weekend’s World Cup semi-final, scrum-half Faf de Klerk warned on Wednesday.
Buenos Aires: Defending champions River Plate booked a place in the final of the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday despite losing a tense semi-final to rivals Boca Juniors at a packed