Latin American round-up: Fan killed by police car

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras - A fan was run over and killed by a police vehicle in Chile and a striker set a scoring record in Colombia at the weekend.

America snatched a berth in the Mexican Clausura title play-offs, denying one to Apertura finalists Cruz Azul.


A Colo Colo fan was run over and killed by a police car on crowd control duties outside the Monumental at the Santiago derby against Universidad de Chile, media reported.

Radio Cooperativa said on their website that the police had launched an investigation. It added police had made 80 arrests during fighting with fans sparked by the accident.

Champions Colo Colo, down to 10 men for 52 minutes, beat their arch-rivals 1-0 to snatch the lead from them and give outgoing coach Hugo Tocalli a winning send-off.

Argentine striker Ezequiel Miralles scored the only goal in the 12th minute but was sent off in the 38th.

Tocalli, leaving for family reasons, is being replaced by fellow Argentine Diego Cagna.


America's Argentine-born striker Sergio Galvan Rey set a Colombian record of 218 goals with the equaliser in his team's 2-2 draw with Atletico Junior, beating the number scored by former Colombia forward Ivan Valenciano.

Galvan Rey, who has played in Colombia since 1994 apart from a year at MetroStars in the U.S., scored 171 goals for Once Caldas, a club record.

The 36-year-old, who obtained Colombian nationality in 2003, also played for Atletico Nacional before joining America this year.

Tolima's winning run was ended at six matches after they went down 4-3 to La Equidad but clung to the lead in the Apertura championship.

Tolima, for whom Carlos Renteria scored twice, have 30 points from 15 matches, one more than title holders Independiente Medellin, who were held 0-0 at home by Boyaca Chico.


America, who have had to overcome the shooting of Paraguay striker Salvador Cabanas in January, beat Santos Laguna 1-0 to qualify for the Clausura quarter-finals.

The result left Cruz Azul, runners-up in the Apertura in December, stranded after they only managed a 1-1 draw with Guadalajara.

Midfielder Angel Reyna scored America's goal in the ninth minute from a pass by Argentine playmaker Daniel Montenegro in their home match at the Azteca.

The quarter-final line-up has Apertura champions Monterrey facing lowest-placed qualifiers Pachuca, Guadalajara against Morelia, Toluca meeting America and Pumas UNAM v Santos Laguna.


Penarol, who have already won the Clausura title, retained their unbeaten record with a 13th win in 14 matches, beating former Paraguay coach Sergio Markarian's Danubio 2-1 away.

Former Inter Milan and Uruguay forward Alvaro Recoba put the home side ahead but they had Carlos Grossmuller sent off in the 66th minute and succumbed to goals by teenager Gaston Ramirez in the 69th and veteran striker Diego Alonso in the 83rd.

Tacuarembo's Luis Machado scored a 14-minute hat-trick in the opening 22 minutes but Cerro came back with Pablo Melo equalizing in the 90th minute for a 3-3 draw.


Bolivar and Blooming won the big derbies. Bolivar beat The Strongest 1-0 in La Paz and Blooming beat Oriente Petrolero by the same score in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

San Jose, who beat La Paz FC 4-2, overtook The Strongest at the top of Group A while Bolivar opened a six-point lead over Oriente Petrolero in Group B.


San Martin returned to the top of the standings with a 2-1 win over Sport Huancayo while Cesar Vallejo, who lost 2-1 away to Sport Boys, are a point behind in second place.


Leaders Cerro Porteno beat 3 de Febrero 2-1 to remain four points clear of second-placed Guarani in the Apertura with 37 points from 15 matches and a game in hand.


With three matches to be played in midweek, Barcelona lead by two points from LDU Quito, held 1-1 by Universidad Catolica after Ecuador defender Ulises de La Cruz scored an own goal.


Veteran defender David Mcintosh scored twice as Deportivo Italia beat Caracas FC 3-1, a victory that allowed Zamora to go top by one point after a 4-1 rout of Centro Italo. Caracas have two games in hand.

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