S.America Round-up: Uruguay hit by more violence

BUENOS AIRES - Uruguay was hit by another bout of crowd violence when Penarol supporters attacked a group of women and children following their team's defeat to Defensor Sporting at the weekend.

Colombia also suffered as Atletico Nacional fans fought among themselves during the derby with Independiente Medellin.


Defensor Sporting's 1-0 win over Penarol ended in ugly scenes when supporters of the losing side attacked rival fans.

Media reports said that Penarol fans insulted and hurled assorted missiles, including stones and plastic bottles, at a group of women and children who were leaving the Defensor section of the Centenario stadium.

The daily newspaper El Pais said some victims ran to the Defensor dressing room for protection and an 11-year-old boy was injured.

Penarol fans also clashed with mounted police outside the stadium and the clash ended with 10 arrests and six injuries.

The 2008/09 championship has already been suspended three times, once because of crowd trouble, once over security fears at a Penarol match and once by a players' strike.

Rodrigo Mora scored the only goal to keep Defensor top of the 2008/09 championship's second stage.


Stalemates prevailed during the weekend's round of derby matches.

Defending champions America and Deportivo Cali drew 1-1, the Bogota derby between Millonarios and Santa Fe ended in the same score while Atletico Nacional and Independiente Medellin played out a goalless draw.

The Medellin derby was marred by more crowd trouble when rival factions of the Atletico Nacional support fought amongst themselves at the Atanasio Girardot stadium during the first half.

Riot police stepped in and eventually stopped the fighting without the game having to be halted.


Chile international Gary Medel played his first match for Universidad Catolica since suffering a car accident in January when his vehicle collided with a crash barrier on the Vina del Mar to Santiago highway.

Medel, who in 2007 was arrested for drink-driving and banned for six games for spitting at an opponent, came on as a substitute in the 56th minute of the 1-1 draw at home to Everton.

Defending champions Colo Colo slumped to a 5-2 defeat at leaders Union Espanola, where David Ramirez and Manuel Neira scored twice each for the hosts and Gustavo Canales added the fifth.


Universitario beat arch-rivals Alianza Lima 1-0 in their derby when John Galliquio headed in Nolberto Solano's free kick in the 52nd minute.

Solano's team are unbeaten in six games and one point behind surprise package Juan Aurich, who stayed top of the championship's first stage with a 3-2 win at home to Alianza Atletico.


Barcelona, Ecuador's most popular club, managed only the second win the the 2009 championship when they came from behind to beat Deportivo Cuenca 2-1.

Brazilian Rodrigo Teixeira put Cuenca ahead in the 35th minute before Narciso Mina and Pablo Palacios replied early in the second half.

Police club Espoli stayed top of the first stage by beating Macara 3-1 and South American champions LDU thrashed Tecnico Universitario 4-1.


Apertura championship leaders Cerro Porteno, who won their first five games, lost their 100 percent record when they suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to promoted Rubio Nu, Pablo Velazquez heading the only goal in the 71st minute.

Libertad, champions four times in a row, beat Guarani 3-1 while Tacuary were held to a goalless draw at home to Sol de America before a crowd of only 181.


Caracas FC stayed top of the 2008/09 championship's second stage with a 3-1 win at home to Carabobo after Jesus Gomez, Dario Figueroa and Rolando Suarez scored in the first 33 minutes. Pablo Aranda replied for the hosts in the 87th minute.

Caracas are four points clear of defending champions Deportivo Tachira.


Real Potosi stayed top of the Apertura championship despite a shock 3-1 defeat at Blooming.

Hernan Boyero gave Blooming and early lead but Horacio Fernandez equalised in the 53rd minute only to be sent off 12 minutes later for punching an opponent.

Luis Carlos Vieira and Adriano Pimenta scored in the last 10 minutes for Blooming.