South America: Red cards fly in Uruguay

BUENOS AIRES - Four players were sent off in Racing's 3-2 win over Danubio in Uruguay's Clausura and three in Ecuador's Quito derby, while Peruvian champions Universitario have been suspended in a sponsorship row.

Chile's championship remains suspended in the wake of the massive earthquake last month.


Four players were sent off, two from each team, as Uruguayan former Paraguay coach Sergio Markarian got off to a losing start in charge of Danubio, who lost 3-2 to Racing having taken a two-goal lead after half an hour.

Racing had defender Mathias Abero dismissed after 18 minutes for a foul as last man but Danubio striker Diego Ifran missed the penalty.

Danubio's former Inter Milan and Uruguay forward Alvaro Recoba was shown a straight red card in the 55th and his team mate Pablo Caceres suffered the same fate 20 minutes from time. Racing striker Nicolas Lopez was sent off in the final minute.

Goals from midfielder Pablo Migues and Recoba, his first since returning home from Italy, had Danubio two up.

Midfielder Jorge Luis Cazulo pulled one back on the stroke of halftime and substitute Martin Cauteruccio and midfielder Santiago Ostolaza turned the result around in the last five minutes.

Antonio Pacheco scored a hat-trick as Penarol crushed Cerro Largo 5-0 to stretch their perfect run to seven matches in the Clausura. They lead by five points from second-placed Fenix and Pacheco is leading scorer with a tally of 10.

Gustavo Varela scored twice, one of his goals a penalty, to give champions Nacional a 2-1 win over Wanderers. Nacional are third eight points behind their arch-rivals Penarol.


Nine-man LDU beat Deportivo Quito 1-0 at the Atahualpa stadium in the capital with a 15th-minute goal by Edison Mendez in one of the country's two big derbies.

LDU had two players sent off in the first half but still managed to hold on for victory. Former Aston Villa, Reading and Ecuador defender Ulises de La Cruz went for a tackle with his studs up on Angel Escobar and international midfielder Neicer Reasco was dismissed for a second yellow card. Deportivo's Isaac Mina was sent off in the second half.

Emelec, crushed 5-0 by LDU last weekend, bounced back to beat arch-rivals Barcelona 3-0 in the "Shipyard classic", the big derby in the Pacific port city of Guayaquil.

Argentine striker Hernan Peirone was sent off a quarter of an hour from time, three minutes after scoring Emelec's second goal, for a second bookable offence.

Unbeaten LDU lead with 13 points from five matches, two points more than Deportivo Cuenca and three ahead of Barcelona.

Champions Deportivo Quito are one from bottom after losing four of their five matches.


The Chilean federation (ANFP) decided on Saturday to suspend this year's two championships, the already-started Apertura and the Clausura as a result of the devastation caused by the massive earthquake that has claimed hundreds of lives.

It will stage a single championship with a starting date yet to be decided.


Champions Universitario, who have lost their three matches so far, did not play against Total Chalaco at the weekend after they were suspended in a sponsorship row.

The ADFP, a body that groups the 16 top flight clubs, suspended Universitario for favouring a different airline from that which sponsors the championship and provides teams with air travel to matches. Universitario are appealing.

Sporting Crustal are top with a maximum 12 points after a 1-0 win over Leon de Huanuco, one of four teams in second place with nine points after four matches.


The Apertura championship kicked of with a controversial goal giving The Strongest a 2-1 win over Aurora. The linesman, poorly placed to make a decision, ruled that Alejandro Chumacero's 69th-minute winner had crossed the line - and received the referee's backing - when video replays confirmed it had not.


Champions Nacional beat Guarani 1-0 to end their unbeaten run in the Apertura and join them in second place along with Olimpia, 4-0 winners against Sport Colombia.

The three are four points behind leaders Cerro Porteno, who have taken 18 points from seven matches after their 2-1 win away to Sol de America.

Midfielder Diego Alfonso scored a hat-trick in Tacuary's 3-3 draw with Sportivo Luqueno.


Unbeaten Real Cartagena, held 1-1 at home by Envigado, lead the Apertura with 18 points after eight matches.

Independiente Medellin and Atletico Junior are joint second with 15 points after Medellin salvaged a 1-1 draw at home to Junior with a 90th-minute penalty by midfielder Luis Arias.


FC Caracas beat Aragua 1-0 away with a goal by Mexican Rodrigo Prieto to maintain a one-point lead in the Clausura championship over Real Esppor and Zamora after seven matches.

Deportivo Italia are two points behind with a game in hand and champions Deportivo Tachira four points off the pace with two matches in hand.