Universitario win without rested Solano

BUENOS AIRES - Villa Espanola were kicked out of the Uruguayan championship and relegated at the weekend for non-payment of debts while their match with Liverpool was cancelled.

A Peruvian refereee left the field under police protection after disallowing two goals for home side Cesar Vallejo while Paraguayan champions Libertad had three players sent off as they lost to Olimpia.

URUGUAY

The second stage of the 2008/09 championship, which started at the weekend, will be played with only 15 teams after Villa Espanola were expelled from the tournament.

Villa Espanola's opponents Liverpool were left with a rest day after the club failed to meet Friday's deadline for paying off $60,000 owed to former players.

Villa Espanola director Luis Gomez told reporters that the club had offered a cheque which had been turned down by the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF).

Villa Espanola will be inactive for six months until next season's second division tournament starts in July.

Nacional, who won the first stage, stole a point when Alexander Medina scored an 87th-minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Juventud.

Penarol beat Wanderers 1-0 in controversial game where the losers were furious over three offside decisions in the first half. Antonio Pacheco scored the winner with a penalty.

PERU

Cesar Vallejo supporters rioted after their team had two goals disallowed and a penalty appeal turned down in the 1-1 draw at home to CNI Iquitos in Trujillo.

Fans hurled missles at the referee at the end of the game and the official had to wait 15 minutes on the pitch before being given a police escort to the changing-rooms.

Universitario thrashed Sport Ancash 5-1 despite resting captain Nolberto Solano and Sporting Cristal beat Alianza Atletico 5-0 in another one-sided game.

PARAGUAY

Libertad, champions four times in a row and 8-0 winners over 3 de Febrero last week, lost 2-1 to Olimpia after conceding a goal in the fourth minute of injury-time and having three players dismissed in the second half.

Evelio Ordonez headed the winner as Libertad complained that they should have been awarded a free kick for a tackle which started Olimpia's move.

Vladimir Marin (Libertad) and Juan Manuel Lucero (Olimpia) were sent off for fighting in the 57th minute and and Libertad striker Miguel Ximenez followed in the 68th minute for a second bookable offence.

Omar Pouso of Libertad was sent off in injury-time as tempers flared again.

ECUADOR

Champions Deportivo Quito, whose squad refused to train last week in a protest over unpaid wages, were beaten 1-0 by newly-promoted Manta after the players agreed to play the match. Cristian Cobena scored the only goal in the 43rd minute.

COLOMBIA

Millonarios remained winless after losing 2-1 at Atletico Huila. Carmelo Valencia gave the 13-times champions an early lead but Ivan Velasquez and Jorge Vidal replied for Huila in the second half.

Millonarios, one of the richest clubs in the world during Colombia's so-called pirate league in the 1950s, have one point from four games in the Apertura championship.

Defending champions America went down to a shock 1-0 defeat at Pasto, Orlando Ballesteros heading the winner in the 75th minute.

CHILE

Universidad de Chile maintained their 100 percent record after three games of the Apertura championship when Juan Manuel Olivera headed an 86th-minute goal to give them a 1-0 win at Union Espanola.

Titleholders Colo Colo lost 2-1 at Audax Italiano where Argentine forward Matias Quiroga scored the winner with five minutes to play.

Everton, under former Chile coach Nelson Acosta, came from two goals behind to beat Rangers 3-2.