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Uruguay: Recoba seals 44th title for Nacional

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on June 17, 2012

Montevideo giants Nacional have claimed the 2011-12 Uruguayan championship following last night’s play-off final against Defensor Sporting. Alvaro Recoba scored the only goal of the game in the 41st minute to ensure that Nacional win the title for the 44th time in their history, just two behind eternal rivals Peñarol. Nacional, as the team with the best aggregate number of points following this season’s Apertura and Clausura championships, only needed to win last night to claim the overall crown. Defensor Sporting, who won the Apertura title, needed to win last night in order to force a second leg but the defeat ensured that a return fixture won’t be necessary.

South America: Titles decided in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on June 13, 2011

Three domestic championships were decided in South America this weekend. Vélez Sársfield claimed their eighth Argentinian championship having defeated Huracan 2-0 on Matchday 18 with goals from Santiago Silva and David Ramírez sealing the win whilst their only title challengers CA Lanús lost 1-0 at home to Argentinos Juniors, Nicolas Blandi scoring the only goal of the game. The results meant that Vélez Sársfield have a four point lead with just one game left to play. They complete their Torneo Clausura campaign at home to Racing Club next Sunday.

WATCH HURACAN v VELEZ GOALS HERE:

In Uruguay the respective champions of the Apertura and Clausura championships, namely Defensor Sporting and Nacional, went head-to-head in a play-off. Because of the rules of the competition Nacional, whose aggregate total of points for the two championships was greater than that of their opponents, only had to win yesterday’s match to take the title whilst a Sporting win would mean a further two-legged play-off. Fortunately for Nacional they managed to defeat their title rivals by just a solitary Tabaré Viudez goal in the 19th minute to claim their 43rd championship.

WATCH DEFENSOR SPORTING v NACIONAL HIGHLIGHTS HERE:

There was also an exciting climax to the season in Chile where defending champions Universidad Católica, having enjoyed a 2-0 first leg lead in their final clash with eternal rivals Universidad de Chile, were shocked to lose the second leg 4-1. Universidad de Chile turned things around and claimed their fourteenth domestic championship thanks mainly to a Gustavo Canales hat-trick with Católica’s Juan Eduardo Eluchans scoring an own goal. Despite Lucas Pratto pulling one back it wasn’t enough as Universidad de Chile settled matters by virtue of a 4-3 aggregate win to claim the Torneo Apurtura.

WATCH UNIVERSIDAD de CHILE v UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA HIGHLIGHTS HERE:

Uruguay: Nacional gain edge with win over Peñarol (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on May 9, 2011

In Uruguay’s Torneo Clausura on Sunday old rivals Nacional and Peñarol faced each other with both teams level on points at the top of the standings. A win at this late stage of the season would see one of these traditional powers grab the advantage with only three matches left to play. Nacional (played 12, points 28) sneaked ahead of their rivals in the Estadio Centanario on the hour mark after Santiago García ghosted into the penalty area to ram the ball home from just outside the six yard box. It proved to be an important win as Nacional not only gained a three point edge over their eternal rivals but also increased the gap over Torneo Apertura champions Defensor Sporting to four points following their surprise 2-0 away defeat at the hands of Central Español.

WATCH NACIONAL v PENAROL GOAL HIGHLIGHTS HERE:

Uruguay – Peñarol secure 41st title against arch-enemy

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