La Liga & Serie A: Villareal blasts Atletico, Roma edges AC Milan

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A roundup of Monday’s action from around Spain’s La Liga and Italian first division Serie A…

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Villareal 3-0 Atletico Madrid 

The Yellow Submarine moved up to fourth in Spain’s top flight on Monday after goals from Manu Trigueros, Jonathon dos Santos and Roberto Soriano fired for the hosts. The loss is Atletico’s second straight in all competitions after falling to Bayern Munich in the final match of the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Fiorentina 2-1 Sassuolo

Nikola Kalinic continued his strong season for the Viola after notching a brace for the hosts during the first half. The Croatian striker’s performance helped Fiorentina move up to seventh in the Serie A table, while Sassuolo remains 15th on 17 points. Francesco Acerbi gave the visitors a life line with under a quarter hour remaining, however, Sassuolo couldn’t complete the comeback.

Roma 1-0 AC Milan

While the two remain among Serie A’s elite following Monday’s slugfest, it was the hosts that came out victorious following Radja Nainggolan’s second-half strike. AC Milan blew a glorious opportunity in the opening stanza as M’Baye Niang couldn’t convert from the penalty spot. The victory pushes Roma three points clear of Milan into second place in Italy, while both sides still trail league leaders Juventus as the season nears its halfway point.