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Late goals give Barca win in Villarreal******
MADRID, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona rode their luck to win 3-1 away to Villarreal thanks to two late goals against the run of play when the home side were in control of the game and creating chances.。
The result was harsh on Villarreal who were pressing for a winning goal when a bad defensive error gifted Barca their second goal of the game.。
Barca coach Xavi Hernandez again put faith in youth with Gavi, Nico Gonzalez and Abde in his starting 11 and his side started strongly with Abde, who played as a right wing-back, seeing Geronimo Rulli tip his header onto the bar.。
Memphis Depay also went close for Barca, while Gavi's shot hit the outside of the post before Villarreal began to take control, with Moi Gomez and Alfonso Pedraza causing problems down their left flank.。
Yeremy Pino headed just over for Villarreal, while Arnaut Danjuma fired wide and then his shot straight at Marc Andre Ter Stegen as the home side controlled the closing minutes of the half.。
Villarreal also had a penalty claim turned down after Pique clearly blocked a shot from Danjuma with his arm, but inexplicably the VAR didn't enter to inform the referee of a penalty that appeared to be very clear.。
Barca took the lead early in the second half with Frenkie De Jong scoring after a flick from Depay, which was given after a long VAR review.。
The game became scrappy for a while with Ousmane Dembele replacing Abde and Jordi Alba had to go off injured and was replaced by Oscar Mingueza with 20 minutes left to play.。
Samuel Chukwueze leveled for Villarreal in the 76th minute with a first time shot after a move involving Manu Trigueros and Danjuma and the Nigerian was close to setting Trigueros up for a second a couple of minutes later.。
Villarreal had a second wind with Pervis Estupinan seeing a shot blocked before Trigueros and then Danjuma both fired wide.。
The home side were in control but in the 87th minute Memphis scored the winner after a dreadful error from Estupinan, who headed Ter Stegen's long clearance to the striker, who kept his calm to round Rulli and score from a tight angle.。
Coutinho made it 3-1 in injury time from the penalty spot after being fouled by Juan Foyth.。
Valencia and Rayo Vallecano drew 1-1 in the Mestalla Stadium, with Carlos Soler scoring a first half penalty to put Valencia ahead, while Isi scored from close range in the 64th minute to give Rayo a point they thoroughly deserved.。
Goals from Santi Mina and Iago Aspas gave Celta a 2-1 win away to Alaves, who had equalized through their top scorer Joselu.。
Defenses were on top from start to finish as Mallorca and Getafe drew 0-0 in the pouring rain, although Getafe will see the point as a sign of their continued improvement since the arrival of Quique Sanchez Flores as first team coach.。
The round of games kicked off on Friday with Athletic Club Bilbao and Granada drawing 2-2 in the San Mames stadium in a game littered with defensive errors. Enditem。
Madeleine Albright, first female US secretary of state, dies at 84******
In this file photo taken on August 20, 1998, then US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks to reporters at the White House on the US attack of a terrorist base in Afghanistan.
Madeleine Albright, who came to the United States as a child refugee and rose to be the first female secretary of state, shaping American foreign policy at the end of the 20th century, has died at the age of 84.
Tapped by President Bill Clinton as ambassador to the United Nations then as the US top diplomat, Albright was one of the most influential stateswomen of her generation.
In mourning her passing, Clinton said Albright had been "a force for freedom, democracy and human rights," calling her death an "immense loss to the world."
President Joe Biden said Albright had "turned the tide of history," adding that she "defied convention and broke barriers again and again."
At the United Nations, the Security Council observed a moment of silence.
Clinton, announcing his choice of Albright to head the State Department in 1997, said gender "had nothing to do with her getting the job" and she was the most qualified candidate.
Albright, however, was aware of the significance of the appointment.
"It used to be that the only way a woman could truly make her foreign policy views felt was by marrying a diplomat and then pouring tea on an offending ambassador's lap," she once said in a speech to the Women in Foreign Policy Group.
"Today, women are engaged in every facet of global affairs."
Albright took the helm of the State Department in a post-Cold War world in which the United States had emerged as the sole superpower, leading crucial discussions with world leaders on arms control, trade, terrorism and the future of NATO.
Not since Margaret Thatcher governed Britain had a woman held such a position of global influence.
Born Marie Jana Korbelova in Czechoslovakia on May 15, 1937, Albright came to the United States as a refugee with her family in 1948 and became a US citizen in 1957.
Her father, Josef Korbel, a diplomat, had converted from Judaism to Catholicism after the family fled to London in 1939 to escape the Nazis.
Albright said she only learned about her Jewish origins late in life and the fact that three of her grandparents had perished in concentration camps.
'Short, noisy type'
Fluent in English, Czech, French and Russian, Albright earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College.
She earned her doctorate in political science at Columbia University and went to work for Democratic senator Edmund Muskie.
She later joined the National Security Council in the White House of President Jimmy Carter, serving under his national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, her former professor at Columbia.
After Carter's defeat, Albright began teaching at Georgetown University in Washington but remained an influential voice in Democratic foreign policymaking circles.
She was named US ambassador to the United Nations by Clinton in 1993 and served in that role until 1997, when she became secretary of state.
Albright married Joseph Albright in 1959. They had three daughters and divorced in 1982.
Her memoir, "Madam Secretary," was published in 2003.
She also wrote a book about her huge collection of brooches which, she explained to Smithsonian magazine in 2010, sometimes were "reflective of whatever issue we're dealing with."
"In every role, she used her fierce intellect and sharp wit – and often her unmatched collection of pins – to advance America's national security and promote peace around the world," Biden said.