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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Wimbledon Crashes at Villa, Juve Stays Tops

COMBINED REPORTS


LONDON -- One of the most remarkable unbeaten runs in England's premier league was ended in a devastating fashion Sunday when Aston Villa crushed Wimbledon 5-0.


It was the unfashionable London club's first defeat in 20 games and ended their hopes of moving level on points with table-topping Liverpool.


In Italy, former national coach Arrigo Sacchi also suffered defeat for the first time since returning as boss of AC Milan as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Parma.


ENGLAND


Aston Villa's strike pair of Dwight Yorke and Savo Milosevic each scored twice in the 5-0 home win that ended Wimbledon's 19-match unbeaten run and prevented them from going level top with Liverpool.


Bookmakers immediately halved Villa's title odds to 8-1 as they moved fourth, four points behind Liverpool.


Second-place Arsenal also missed a chance of going into first on Saturday as striker Ian Wright showed the best and the worst of himself.


After putting Arsenal 1-0 ahead against bottom side Nottingham Forest, Wright was sent off for violent conduct.


Norwegian Alf-Inge Haaland scored twice to give Forest only their second win of the season.


ITALY


Former Italy manager Arrigo Sacchi suffered his first league defeat since returning to AC Milan as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Parma and left the champions seventh in serie A. To add injury to insult, Paolo Maldini suffered a fractured cheek bone from a flying elbow and Liberian George Weah limped off with a twisted ankle that is expected to keep him out for 45 days.


With Milan losing, second-place Vicenza falling to two goals from Sampdoria's Vincenzo Montella and Inter drawing 1-1 at lowly Reggiana, Juventus stretched their advantage at the top to six points with a 1-1 draw at Piacenza.


The European Cup holders, who had midfielder Alessio Tacchinardi sent off, led through an own-goal from Settimio Lucci until five minutes from time when Daniele Delli Carri's equalizer halted their run of four successive league wins.


SPAIN


Barcelona closed on Spanish league leaders Real Madrid on Sunday with a scrappy 1-0 home win over Celta Vigo when even Ronaldo was jeered.


Barcelona are now two points behind Real and occupy second place on goal difference from Deportivo Coruna who drew 1-1 at Sporting Gijon. Real were held 1-1 away to Valladolid on Saturday.


NETHERLANDS


Wim Jonk and Luc Nilis hit the goals as PSV Eindhoven humiliated Ajax 2-0 at home in Amsterdam on Sunday.


The victory kept PSV top, three points ahead of Feyenoord, heading into the Dutch winter break.


Feyenoord remained second with a 2-1 victory at NEC Nijmegen as Gaston Taument hit both their goals.


Taument was on target in the 38th minute when he took advantage of a defensive blunder by Marcel Koning and although Maurice Graef equalized in the 72nd minute, Taument was on hand for the late winner.


PSV have 48 points from 20 matches, followed by Feyenoord with 45. Ajax trail seventh, 18 points behind the leaders.


PORTUGAL


Champions Porto saw their championship lead extended to a commanding five points Sunday when challengers Benfica were held 0-0 at home by Maritimo.


A crashing free-kick by Argentine striker Mauro Airez that bounced off the bar in the 69th minute was the closest the Lisbon team came to breaking down a determined Maritimo defense.


Porto found no such difficulties on Saturday, beating Belenenses 2-0 away with strikes by Brazilian marksman Mario Jardel.


FRANCE


French first division leaders Monaco beat Lens 3-1 away on Friday to go into the league winter recess with a four-point lead over Paris Saint-Germain.


PSG, who clash with Monaco in the principality in their first game after the recess on Jan. 26, were held 1-1 by Montpellier, the Parisians' third home game without a win.


?Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton achieved the 333rd shut-out of his 30-year career when he played his 1,000th league game and helped Leyton Orient down Brighton 2-0.


The band of the Coldstream Guards announced the 47-year-old 'keeper's arrival onto the field at Brisbane Road and 1,000 red and white balloons, the colors of his team, were released before a crowd of almost 8,000 gave him a standing ovation.


From then on, he had very little to do as Orient took control of the division three game against last place Brighton and scored twice through Dominic Naylor. ()