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Uruguay – Peñarol secure 41st title against arch-enemy

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on May 20, 2010

Club Atlético Peñarol are champions of Uruguay for the 41st time after their play-off series win over Nacional

Club Atlético Peñarol have been crowned Uruguayan champions for the 41st time in their history after getting the better of traditional rivals Nacional in a championship play-off series.

The first game, played on May 12th, finished 2-0 to Nacional which meant that a further two matches had to be played. Had Peñarol won the first game then they would have been automatically crowned champions due to their superior record in the regular season. However the win for Nacional ensured two more battles of Uruguay’s Superclásico in order to determine the destination of the title.

On May 15th a goal from club captain Antonio Pacheco gave Peñarol a 1-0 win over their arch-enemy to then set-up a third and final encounter which would decide the title. In game three, which was played last night, Nacional took the lead in the 35th minute thanks to an Alejandro Lembo strike. Nacional needed at least a 1-0 victory to take the game into extra-time but it wasn’t to be as Peñarol winger Matías Aguirregaray equalized on 68 minutes meaning that a draw would give las Manyas the crown and so it proved as Nacional were unable to break the Peñarol rearguard any further.

Both of the finalists had already been assured of their participation in the second round of the 2011 Copa Libertadores on the back of winning the two stages of the regular season. Also in South American competition are Liverpool FC (Copa Libertadores first round stage), River Plate and Defensor Sporting (Copa Sudamericana first stage) whilst the unlucky teams facing the prospect of life in the second division next season are Cerrito, Cerro Largo and Atenas whose points avergare over a two-year period deprives of first division football next season.

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