Italy Serie A

Kroos lifts Real Madrid to win, Atletico stumbles again

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Toni Kroos' late score ensured Real Madrid won its home opener over a feisty Celta Vigo 2-1 on Saturday, while Atletico Madrid stumbled in a second straight round of the Spanish league.

Atletico was frustrated by a newly promoted side for the second time in a week after Diego Simeone's bunch drew at Leganes 0-0. That followed its 1-1 stalemate with Alaves in its opener.

Combined with Madrid's two wins, Atletico trails its crosstown rival by four points from the start of what it hoped could be another three-team title race along with defending champion Barcelona.

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