© AP, Jan 23, 2012

Villarreal beats Sporting 3-0 to end 10-game slump

VILLARREAL, Spain (AP) Villarreal ended a 10-game winless streak, scoring three second-half goals to beat Sporting Gijon 3-0 in the Spanish league on Monday night.

Striker Marco Ruben returned from an injury to score in the 57th minute, Borja Valero doubled the lead with a powerful shot beat goalkeeper Juan Pablo a minute later and Bruno Soriano added the final goal in stoppage time.

Villarreal hadn't won since beating Real Betis on Nov. 19. At the halfway point, Villarreal (4-8-7) and Granada (5-10-4) have one point more than 19th-place Sporting (5-11-3).

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