Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

South America: Uruguay league kicks-off; Leagues Review (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on August 23, 2010

Stoppage Time – International Football Blog looks at the latest South American league news:

There wasn’t a full programme of matches this weekend in Uruguay but the ball got rolling nonetheless with three teams getting off the mark with a win while the two other matches played at the weekend finished in stalemates. Liverpool had the biggest win of the weekend over Rampla Juniors and had to come from behind at home in order to gain the victory. After Nestor Moiraghi had given Juniors the lead just six minutes into the second half the home side managed to score three times in the space of five minutes thanks to strikes from Hernán Figueredo (70 minutes), Diego Vera (73) and Juan Álvez (75). Central Español, who narrowly avoided relegation last season, also started with a win with Federico Rodriquez’s 65th minute goal being the difference against newly-promoted Bella Vista. There was better luck for another promoted team after El Tanque Sisley, last season’s Segunda División champions, also got the better of their opening day opponents Racing Club de Montevideo by a goal to nil with Maximiliano Callorda scoring the only goal of the game. The two other games saw C.A. Fénix draw 1-1 at home to Tacuarembó and a goalless affair between Cerro and Danubio. To complete the opening round two matches are played on Wednesday with River Plate v Defensor and giants Nacional facing off against Montevideo Wanderers who also provide the opposition for defending champions Peñarol in their opening match on Saturday.

Three games into the new Argentina Apertura season sees contrasting fortunes for the big two of the league. River Plate are one of two teams (along with Vélez Sársfield) with a 100% record after los Millionarios defeated Independiente at home by three goals to two. An eventful opening twenty minutes saw a double from River’s Rogelio Funes Mori sandwich a lone strike from the visitors’ Andrés Silvera. Paulo Ferrari extended the lead for River after just 25 minutes but the crowd would have to wait until the final minute of the game before Independiente were to pull one back to provide the game with a nervous finish. River held out to win 3-2 and are in a great position to fight head-on the battle against relegation (based on the three year points average). Their arch-rivals Boca Juniors have had no such luck in the Apertura thus far going down to the second defeat in three games, the latest setback coming against newly-promoted All Boys who scored both their goals in a 2-0 victory in the first half which sends Boca down to 19th place in the table and increases the pressure on new coach Claudio Borghi. Joint leaders Vélez Sársfield had to wait until the last twenty minutes to secure their 2-0 win over last season’s Clausura champions Argentinos Juniors. Goals from Leandro Somoza (70 mins) and Santiago Silva (76) secured the perfect record for Vélez who are hoping to win a national title for the first time since the Clausura 2009 tournament.

WATCH RIVER PLATE v INDEPENDIENTE HIGHLIGHTS HERE:

The Brasileiro still continues to be tight between the front runners with two points separating league leaders Fluminense (15 games, 33 points) from Corinthians. Fluminense took the lead in an all-Rio de Janeiro match-up with rivals Vasco da Gama thanks to an early 6th minute strike from Gum but Vasco turned the match around with strikes from Éder Luís (37 minutes) and Fagner (48) before parity was restored through Júlio César on the hour mark to give Fluminense a share of the points. There was another local derby when Corinthians got the better of São Paulo FC by three goals to nil with Elias scoring twice in the first half before Jucilei sealed the deal on 70 minutes to narrow the gap at the top. This weekend sees cross-city rivalries take centre stage for both title chasers as Fluminense play Palmeiras at home whilst Corinthians travel to Rio in order to play Vasco da Gama.

WATCH FLUMINENSE v VASCO DA GAMA HIGHLIGHTS HERE:

In Chile’s Primera División league leaders and record champions Colo Colo (21 games, 47 points) had Matias Quiroga to thank for keeping the club at the top of the table by scoring the only goal in their 1-0 victory over Unión Española. Nearest challengers Universidad Católica remain just a single point behind Colo Colo following their 4-1 destruction of bottom club San Luis whilst third place Universidad de Chile managed to put a first minute goal behind them and come back to beat Huachipato by three goals to one to maintain a five gap between themselves and the leaders but Universidad de Chile have played one game less than the top two and can get back in the title race should they win their game in hand.

WATCH COLO COLO v UNION ESPANOLA HIGHLIGHTS HERE:

In Colombia Santa Fe (6 games, 16 points) and Tolima are the only two unbeaten teams after six matches in this year’s edition of the Copa Mustang. Mario González struck just before the hour mark to give league leaders Santa Fe a slender 1-0 win over Pereira FC while Tolima, two points behind the leaders, kept up the pace with a 3-1 victory over Chicó FC. In Venezuela two teams have 100% records after three games in the new Primera División season with Deportivo Táchira and Caracas FC leading the way although Real Esppor club have the chance to join these teams on this statistic as they have played only two games so far. Deportivo Táchira and Caracas FC gained their latest victories against Trujillanos FC (3-1) and Estudiantes de Merida (1-0) respectively.

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