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Girona wins at winless Villarreal thanks to Stuani

Girona FC v Real Valladolid CF - La Liga

GIRONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 17: Cristhian Stuani of Girona FC looks on during the La Liga match between Girona FC and Real Valladolid CF at Montilivi Stadium on August 17, 2018 in Girona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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MADRID (AP) Villarreal’s struggles at the start of the Spanish league continued in a 1-0 home loss to Girona on Friday.

Cristhian Stuani scored shortly after halftime for the visitors, giving Villarreal its second loss in three matches.

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Coming off a fifth-place finish last season, Villarreal opened with a 2-1 home loss to Real Sociedad, then drew Sevilla 0-0 in the second round.

Villarreal had a first-half goal disallowed for offside courtesy of VAR, which is making its Spanish league debut this season.

Girona also hadn’t won yet, having drawn with promoted Valladolid 0-0 and losing to Real Madrid 4-1.

Also, Eibar halted its two-match losing streak with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory against Real Sociedad.

Substitute Charles scored the winner with a header in stoppage time.

Sociedad has yet to win in five matches at Eibar’s Ipurua Stadium.

Getafe and promoted Valladolid played to a scoreless draw in Getafe’s Alfonso Perez Coliseum.

Defending champion Barcelona and Real Madrid are the only teams to open with consecutive victories. Madrid hosts Leganes at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday, while Barcelona faces promoted Huesca at Camp Nou Stadium on Sunday.

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