Universitario suffer kit burglary blow

LIMA - Universitario's preparations for a Peruvian championship match were hit on Monday by the theft of 90 pairs of boots and 50 shirts from their changing room at Lima's Monumental stadium.

"Our pride has been stung because it's not possible that we have been robbed in our own stadium," the club's sporting director German Leguia said.

"What's worse is that this should happen on the verge of an important match against San Martin in which we could take the lead in the championship," former Peru international Leguia told state news agency Andina.

Universitario, Libertadores Cup finalists in 1972, beat Cienciano 2-1 at the weekend to go second, one point behind leaders and arch-rivals Alianza Lima with a game in hand.

Leguia said Universitario had launched an urgent search for the boots, saying they were worth around to $150 a pair and that it would be hard to find replacements quickly.