Quito retain Ecuador title

BUENOS AIRES - Deportivo Quito won their second successive Ecuadorean league title and Universidad Catolica drew 2-2 at Colo Colo in the first leg of the Chilean Clausura final.

Striker Jackson Martinez kept Independiente Medellin in the hunt for the Colombian crown with both goals in a 2-0 win over Real Cartagena.


Argentine coach Ruben Dario Insua's Deportivo Quito retained the league title when they beat Deportivo Cuenca 3-2 for a 4-3 aggregate victory in the championship final.

Cuenca fought back from two goals down to level the second leg at 2-2 with eight minutes remaining before Miguel Arroyo hit the winner in the 87th with a free kick for his second goal of the match.


Defender Hans Martinez headed an 88th-minute equaliser to give Universidad Catolica a 2-2 draw at Colo Colo in the first leg of the Clausura final at the Monumental stadium in Santiago.

Argentine striker Ezequiel Miralles put Colo Colo ahead in the ninth minute with a fine solo goal, turning back inside from the goalline to steer a shot in from a tight angle past goalkeeper Paulo Garces.

A penalty by midfielder Milovan Mirosevic put Catolica level with 20 minutes to go, only for the home side to regain the lead with an own goal from defender Mauricio Zenteno.

Catolica host the return on Wednesday.


Independiente Medellin, favourites to reach the Clausura final from Group A with two matches remaining, stayed two points clear of Atletico Junior with a 2-0 home win over Real Cartagena which left the beaten team out of the running. Colombia striker Jackson Martinez scored both goals.

Junior, the only other unbeaten team among the eight in the title playoffs, won 2-1 at Deportivo Pereira, bottom of the group.

In a tight Group B race, Independiente Santa Fe and Atletico Nacional remained neck and neck after their 1-1 draw in Bogota. Atletico Huila are third, two points behind the leading pair, after a 1-1 draw with Deportes Tolima who are bottom.


Title holders Nacional beat Penarol 3-0 in the big Montevideo derby at the Centenario to remain on course for the Apertura crown with two matches left.

Nacional are five points clear of Liverpool, who beat Racing 2-0, and six ahead of Defensor Sporting, who won 2-1 at River Plate.


With big Lima rivals Universitario and Alianza Lima already through to the final, to be played over two legs on Wednesday and Sunday, the two teams fielded a majority of reserves in their last matches of the group stage. Universitario were crushed 5-0 at Melgar and Alianza drew 2-2 with Cesar Vallejo.

Juan Aurich made sure of third place in the overall standings for Peru's third Libertadores Cup berth with a 3-0 win over CN Iquitos.


Libertad came from a goal down to beat leaders Nacional 2-1 and go level at the top of the standings, taking the Clausura championship to the wire next weekend.

Nacional, looking for their first title after 63 years, host Olimpia while Libertad, who won the Apertura and Clausura last year, visit Tacuary in their final matches.

Third-placed Guarani are no longer in the hunt, five points behind the leading pair.


Deportivo Italia retained their one-point lead in the Apertura championship with one match to go when they won 2-1 at El Vigia 2-1.

Second-placed title holders FC Caracas crushed Zulia 4-0 at home and Deportivo Tachira, a point further back, beat Llaneros 2-0.