Gameiro fires goal-shy Atletico into third

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone pictured at yesterday’s clash with Celta Vigo. (Reuters)
Updated 22 October 2017
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Gameiro fires goal-shy Atletico into third

MADRID: Kevin Gameiro ended Atletico Madrid’s goal drought on the road as Diego Simeone’s men ground out a 1-0 win at Celta Vigo on Sunday to leapfrog Real Madrid into third in La Liga.
Atletico’s attacking options while they wait for Diego Costa’s return in January have been much criticized in recent weeks, particularly after a 0-0 draw at Azerbaijani champions Qarabag on Wednesday left their chances of reaching the Champions League last 16 in peril.
However, on his first league start of the season, Gameiro fired home a loose ball from a corner from close range on 28 minutes.
“I’ve come through a difficult time,” Gameiro, who missed the start of the season through injury, was quoted as saying.
“Now that I am able to play, I can help the team and score goals.”
It was only the second away game in Atletico’s last six in which Los Rojiblancos have found the net and they set about to defend their lead.
“It wasn’t our best game of the season, but we won and that was the objective,” added Gameiro.
Despite the sparse crowd at Balaidos caused by the closure of a stand on security grounds, Celta swarmed forward after the break.
Jan Oblak produced fine saves to deny Iago Aspas and in stoppage time from John Guidetti, while Aspas also clipped the bar with a free-kick.
And Celta were also left furious at the referee after Atletico captain Gabi appeared to handle inside the area on the hour mark.
However, Atletico held on to maintain their unbeaten start to La Liga and move back to within six points of leaders Barcelona.
Real can move back above their city rivals and to within five points of Barca with victory at home to Eibar later on Sunday.
Earlier, Villarreal’s revival under new coach Javier Calleja continued with a 4-0 thrashing of Las Palmas.
Second-half strikes from Cedric Bakambu, Mario Gaspar and Nicola Sansone added to Ximo Navarro’s own goal helped move the Yellow Submarine up to fifth.


Tearful Tiger Woods breaks duck in emotional scenes at Tour Championship

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Tearful Tiger Woods breaks duck in emotional scenes at Tour Championship

  • The Big Beast caps a remarkable turnaround to claim first title since 2013.
  • This time last year it was feared Tiger's career was over.

LONDON: Tiger Woods was moved to the brink of tears after capturing his first title since 2013 with a two-stroke triumph at the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Sunday that proved he was far from washed up at the age of 42.
Tossing aside five years of career-threatening injury woes, Woods reasserted his status as the best frontrunner in the history of the sport, leading throughout the final round and finishing at 11-under-par 269 at East Lake.
With the massive gallery chanting his name as they stampeded the final fairway in scenes reminiscent of British Opens of yesteryear, Woods moved within two victories of Sam Snead’s all-time record of 82 PGA Tour titles.
“I was having a hard time not crying coming up the last hole,” he said.
“All of a sudden it started hitting me I was going to win the tournament.
“I’ve been sitting on 79 (wins) for five years now. To get 80 is a pretty damn good feeling.”
After carding 71, Woods walked off to a big kiss from girlfriend Erica Herman and a hug from agent Mark Steinberg as security tried to keep the frenzied fans at bay.
The victory capped off a season that started with questions over whether Woods, now 10 years removed from his 14th major title, would even be able to play a full schedule after undergoing spinal fusion surgery in April 2017.
“My body was a wreck,” recalled Woods, who hoped the operation would alleviate debilitating back and leg pain.
“The low point was not knowing whether I would be able to live pain-free again.
“I was beyond playing. I couldn’t sit, I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t lay down without feeling the pain in my back and leg.”