MEXICO CITY - The Mexican football championship continued at the weekend despite the swine flu outbreak, with all matches being played behind closed doors. Six games were played in deserted arenas around the country on Saturday and another two were due to go ahead a day later to complete the programme. The measures are expected to cost the clubs thousands of dollars in lost gate receipts and other sales. The Mexican championship is one of the most lucrative in Latin America and draws players from all over the region, who often see it as an attractive alternative to playing in Europe. More than 100 people are suspected to have died from the virus in Mexico and the government has effectively shut the country down for a five-day period from last Friday in an attempt to contain the spread of the disease. Paraguay striker Salvador Cabanas scored twice, including an injury-time winner, to give America a 3-2 win at Monterrey and take his tally to 13 goals. Morelia striker Miguel Sabah notched a hat-trick in the 4-2 win over Ricardo La Volpe's Atlas while Guadalajara, the country's most popular club, played out a goalless draw with Puebla.
3 May 2009
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