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MADRID, Spain -- Barcelona stumbled to a 3-2 home loss against Valencia on Saturday, giving Atletico Madrid a chance to move into sole possession of first place in the Spanish league. James White Jersey . The Spanish champions decision not to sign a defender during the January transfer window may have backfired after Valencia took advantage of a lethargic, uninspired effort by its hosts at the Camp Nou, where former Spain coach Luis Aragones -- who previously coached the Catalan side -- was honoured after his death on Saturday. Barcelona led through Alexis Sanchezs eighth-minute goal but Dani Parejo equalized for Valencia before the break. Pablo Piatti headed Valencia ahead after the restart before Lionel Messis penalty -- and first league goal since September -- levelled the game again. But Barcelonas defence let Sofiane Feghouli burst free into the area to set up Paco Alcacers 59th-minute winner. Barcelona played with 10 men from the 78th after Jodi Alba was shown a second yellow card. The defeat means Atletico can lead the league alone for the first time this season if it does not lose at home to Real Sociedad on Sunday, when Real Madrid can also overtake its greatest rival with a victory at fourth-place Athletic Bilbao. Also on Saturday, Levante and Rayo Vallecano played to a scoreless draw, as did Getafe and Valladolid, while Malaga rallied to beat Sevilla 3-2 in an entertaining encounter. At the top of the standings, Atletico and Barcelona share 54 points, while Madrid has 53. Valencia provisionally moved into eighth. Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino was preoccupied by Barcelonas drop in play after just half an hour. "Im always worried after every one of our losses," Martino said. "Despite us having played well for a while against Valencia, Im very worried, much like the players are." Messi set up the opener after slashing a pass across the box beyond the far post where Alexis connected oddly to float it over goalkeeper Diego Alves. Valencia took control from the 44th when Parejo exploited a turnover inside the Barcelona half to lead a breakout with Feghouli, who returned a pass inside the area for Parejo to score easily. "Their goal hurt us and, in the second half, the team failed to respond," said defender Javier Mascherano, who refused to blame the off-field distractions that have enveloped Barcelona. "Today it wasnt the distractions that beat us, but Valencia. The margin of error (to be champion) is zero." Valencia went ahead in the 48th when the 1.63-meter (5-foot-3) Piatti held off Dani Alves to jump high and head a looping ball over goalkeeper Victor Valdes. Valencia was unlucky as Pedro Rodriguezs shot came off Ricardo Costa to set up the spot kick, even though it appeared Costa had no chance of getting out of the way as the ball grazed his shoulder. Messi slotted home his ninth league goal in the 54th, and first since Sept. 28 against Almeria. Barcelonas defence was dormant five minutes later as Feghouli moved past three players to the goal line before cutting back to meet Alcacer, who blasted past Valdes for the winner. Messi had a golden opportunity to draw Barcelona even in the second minute of stoppage time, but he shot wide after precisely combining with Dani Alves and substitute Andres Iniesta to get free into the box. Valencia, which was Spains most active team in the January transfer, snapped a five-game winless run to deal Barcelona its first home league defeat in nearly two years. Malaga captain and winger Duda proved the hero at Rosaleda Stadium as he took advantage of Alberto Morenos silly clearance attempt to gather inside the area and lift the winning goal past goalkeeper Beto in the 82nd. Dudas penalty put the hosts ahead after half an hour before Sevilla scored a pair of unanswered goals through Carlos Baccas 10th of the season and Federico Fazios header in the 66th. Samuel Sanchez pegged home the equalizer in the 77th as Malaga rallied for an emotional victory during which coach Bernd Schuster was red-carded in stoppage time. Malaga moved four points clear of Valladolid and the last relegation spot. Donta Hightower Jersey . He made another correct read. The Browns, who have been shuttling quarterbacks on and off the field all season, finally got some good news on that front: Campbells ribs are only bruised. Kyle Van Noy Jersey . -- Those impatient for the Stanley Cup to return to Canada will have just one team to root for in the NHL playoffs -- the Montreal Canadiens. . The CFL will help tackle womens cancers by playing four special "CFL PINK" games this weekend.( - The surging Vancouver Canucks look to extend their win streak to five games when they host former Canuck Todd Bertuzzi and the Detroit Red Wings tonight. You can watch the game on TSN at 10:30pm et/7:30pm pt. With Canadian Olympic head coach Mike Babcock behind the Red Wings bench, Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo has the opportunity to make a statement that he should be the starter in Sochi. The Canucks have ripped off four straight wins and are 6-1-1 in their last eight games. They overcame an early third-period deficit on Monday to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2. The Canucks fell behind by a goal 1:52 into the third period, but Ryan Kesler scored a tying goal just 61 seconds later before Daniel Sedin potted the game- winner 5:01 into the period. Zack Kassian also scored, Henrik Sedin had an assist and Roberto Luongo made 17 saves in the win. "Resiliency," Kesler said. "We find a way to battle back and get the go-ahead (goal). Thats the way our teams been all year." Vancouver will look for its newly-formed top line of the Sedin brothers and Kesler to lead it to five straight wins for the first time since a six-game run from March 19-28. Henrik Sedin has three goals and eight assists over a nine-game point streak, Kesler has five goals and eight points over a five-game run and Daniel Sedin has notched six points over his last four. While the Canucks are on a roll, the Red Wings aim to snap a four-game losing streak as they kick off the road trip. The Red Wings have posted an 0-2-2 mark since a victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. Kevin Faulk Jersey. . 17. They dropped a regulation game in Phoenix two days later and wrapped up a winless three-game stay at home with Saturdays 3-2 overtime setback to the New York Rangers. Jimmy Howard made 37 saves, but was beaten on a breakaway by the Rangers Derick Brassard with 12.9 seconds left in overtime. Drew Miller and Daniel Alfredsson had the goals for Detroit, which failed to earn a point for the first time this season when scoring first (5-1-1). "We have no consistency in our play," Detroit head coach Mike Babcock remarked. "It doesnt look like were wearing the team out. Weve got a long way to go in that area and well have to sort this out." The Red Wings will try to avoid going winless in five straight for the first time since an 0-3-2 slump from Feb. 13-21 of last season, but wont have forward Johan Franzen available tonight due to an undisclosed injury. Franzen, who has two goals and five points in 12 games this season, could return by Fridays game in Calgary and center Luke Glendening was recalled from the American Hockey League ahead of this game. Babcock does expect forward Patrick Eaves to make his season debut after missing the first 12 games with a sprained knee and ankle injury. The Red Wings went 2-0-1 in three meetings last season with the Canucks, outscoring Vancouver by a 14-7 margin. Howard is 9-5-2 with a shutout and 2.72 goals against average in his career versus the Canucks, while Luongo has posted an 11-12-6 mark with a 2.91 GAA in his encounters with the Red Wings. Wholesale Hoodies NFL Shirts Outlet Jerseys NFL Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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