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Atletico signs striker Kevin Gameiro from Sevilla

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MADRID (AP) Atletico Madrid says it has acquired French striker Kevin Gameiro from rival Spanish club Sevilla.

In exchange, Atletico has agreed to loan Argentine striker Luciano Vietto to Sevilla for one season.

Atletico says Gameiro will sign a four-year contract after undergoing a standard medical exam.

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The 29-year-old Gameiro scored 67 goals during three seasons with Sevilla, helping it win three Europa League titles.

Gameiro will join countryman Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres to form the attack of an Atletico side that reached the final of the Champions League last season.

Atletico did not reveal the financial details of Gameiro’s transfer.

La Liga roundup: Atletico Madrid stay in title race; Villarreal slip up in Champions League chase

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A roundup of Saturday’s action in Spain’s top flight:

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Levante

Antoine Griezmann continued the red-hot start to his Atletico career on Saturday by bagging two more goals, taking his tally to 11 in 25 appearances since signing from Real Sociedad in the summer, and helped Los Rojiblancos (38 points) keep pace with Real Madrid (39) and Barcelona (38) at the top of the La Liga standings.

Griezmann’s goals came in the 18th and 47th minutes, giving Atletico a strong 2-0 lead at the Vicente Calderon Stadium before Nabil El Zhar pulled one back for Levante just past the hour mark. Diego Godin gave Atletico the insurance goal they so desperately desired in the 82nd minute, sending Madrid’s “other” team to three points and maintaining their bid to repeat as La Liga champions.

Elche 2-2 Villarreal

Villarreal looked to be well on their way to three away points and keeping the fourth and final Champions League place within reach, but after Luicano Vietto and Ikechukwu Uche scored to put El Submarino Amarillo up 2-0 after 17 minutes, it all came undone.

Jonathas and Victor Rodriguez scored in the 26th and 35t minutes, respectively, to put Elche, La Liga’s 20th- and last-placed side back on level terms. The draw creates a two-point gap between Villarreal (31) and fourth-placed Sevilla.

Sevilla 1-0 Celta Vigo

When one side falters, there’s always someone else looking to take advantage of their opportunity to rise in the standings. On Saturday, it was Sevilla (33) who capitalized on Villarreal’s less than desirable result, vaulting themselves into sole possession of fourth place in La Liga.

Nico Pareja scored the game’s only goal, his first of the year, in the 32nd minute. The Argentinian smacked a vicious free kick from 22 yards out, briefly sending goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez the wrong way. Celta Vigo were made to play with 10 men for nearly 70 minutes after Carles Planas was sent off after 21 minutes.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Deportivo La Coruna 1-0 Athletic Bilbao
Malaga 1-2 Almeria

Sunday’s La Liga schedule

Getafe vs. Rayo Vallecano (6 am ET)
Valencia vs. Real Madrid (11 am ET)
Espanyol vs. Eibar (1 pm ET)
Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona (3 pm ET)

Serie A and La Liga Sunday roundup: Atletico falls to Villarreal, Juventus draws Sampdoria

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While only two Premier League fixtures transpired this weekend, plenty of notable play happened in Italy’s Serie A and Spain’s La Liga.

Atletico Madrid lost their very first home match of the year to Villarreal, 1-0, and a negative result, like this, last occurred when Barcelona downed Diego Simeone’s crew in May 2013.

In the 85th minute, 21-year-old Luciano Vietto gathered the ball from Moi Gomez and managed to dance past star center back Diego Godin near the edge of the penalty area; the youngster then utilized open space to expedite a nice finish into the back of the net.

Atletico’s best chance of the match arose on Mario Mandzukic’s header, which was controversially called a foul in the 58th minute. Even though some may call this outcome surprising, Villarreal stood in great form (four straight league wins) preceding this contest.

To Serie A: First-place Juventus’s point advantage over second-place Roma narrowed when the Wolves blanked Genoa, 1-0, while Juve only mustered a 1-1 draw vs. Sampdoria.

Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin was shown an exit in the 29th minute, and with just 10 men, freshly-subbed net minder Eugenio Lamanna didn’t disappoint, stuffing a penalty from Adem Ljajic.

In the 40th minute, Maicon delivered a cross that facilitated Radja Nainggolan’s wonderful volley for the competition’s single goal, and in the remaining 50 minutes, Roma didn’t run into many difficulties, sans a fortunate offside call on Tomas Rincon’s score.

Over to Turin, Patrice Evra buried a well-executed header off Claudio Marchisio’s corner kick to snatch a brisk lead for the Zebras in the 12th minute.

Unable to convert offensive chances for the better result, Manolo Gabbiadini came off the bench and whipped a deep curling attempt to equalize in the 51st minute.

Other Serie A results

Udinese 1-2 Verona

Parma 0-0 Cagliari

Cesena 1-4 Fiorentina

Milan 2-0 Napoli

La Liga Results

Espanyol 2-1 Granada

Sevilla 0-0 Eibar

Real Sociedad 1-1 Atheltic