BUENOS AIRES - A Deportivo Cali player was injured and taken to hospital when rival fans pelted the team bus with stones as it arrived for the Colombian championship match against Millonarios on Sunday. There was also violence in Paraguay following the match between Sportivo Luqueno and Olimpia. COLOMBIA Deportivo Cali's Juan Guillermo Dominguez (pictured, right) missed the match against Millonarios after being injured in the attack on the team bus. Millonarios fans pelted the vehicle with stones as it arrived at El Campin stadium in Bogota, smashing some of the windows, team officials said. Dominguez was taken to hospital with head and facial injuries when he was hit and was released later on Sunday evening after treatment, according to Cali's Web site (www.deporcali.com). Deportivo initially said they would boycott the match but changed their minds after negotiating with league officials and the game kicked off 45 minutes late. Millonarios won 1-0, only their second win in 10 games in the Apertura championship. Deportes Tolima, who nearly pulled out of tournament because of financial problems, went top with a 2-1 win over Real Cartagena, Franco Arizala and Cristian Marrugo scoring their goals. Atletico Nacional, one of Colombia's biggest clubs, stayed bottom after losing 2-0 at Once Caldas. PARAGUAY Violence erupted on the terraces after Sportivo Luqueno and Olimpia's 1-1 draw. Paraguayan media said the trouble began when Luqueno fans invaded the pitch and began pelting the visiting supporters with missiles. Police also came onto the field, some firing rubber bullets, and clashed with Olimpia fans on the terraces. The trouble also continued in the streets around the stadium, media reports said. Cerro Porteno stayed top of the Apertura championship with 18 points from seven games after beating Tacuary 1-0 in a match which took two days to complete. The game began on Saturday but was abandoned at halftime following a power failure with Cerro leading 1-0. The second half took place on Sunday. ECUADOR Barcelona, the country's most popular club, continued their unhappy run under former Real Madrid coach Benito Floro when they lost 4-1 to promoted Tecnico Universitario. Barcelona, fielding reserve goalkeeper Pablo Santillo after Maximo Banguero was ruled out with conjunctivitis, were 2-0 down after only five minutes to goals from Humberto Mina and Armando Wila. Narciso Mina pulled one back after halftime from a penalty but Edwin Caicedo restored Tecnico's two-goal lead when his intended cross flew over the hapless Santillo and into the net. Wila added a fourth on the hour. "We had an accident," said Floro, whose side are 10th in the 12-team table. "Three things caused the defeat: the conditions of the pitch, the altitude and our own mistakes." URUGUAY Diego de Souza scored twice in the last two minutes to give Defensor Sporting a 3-2 win over Nacional which kept them top of the championship's second stage. Nicolas Lodeiro put Nacional 2-1 ahead with seven minutes left but De Souza equalised with a penalty in the 89th minute and converted a free kick one minute later. VENEZUELA Thirty-eight-year-old striker Juan Garcia scored a hat-trick to help Zamora beat Portuguesa 5-3. The player known as the Lizard, the highest ever scorer in the championship, took his career tally to 254 goals. Caracas FC stayed one point clear of Deportivo Tachira at the top of the championship's second stage after the teams drew 0-0 in Sunday's match, played in front of a 30,000 crowd in San Cristobal. The next biggest attendance was 2,650 at Zamora's game. CHILE Striker Esteban Paredes continued his prolific form by scoring a second-half hat-trick for Santiago Morning in a 3-1 win at Everton and taking his tally to 11 goals in 16 games. Palestino beat Cobresal 2-0 despite having Juan Manuel Quevedo sent off in the 20th minute and Bruno Bianchi in the 63rd. First-half goals from Hector Tapia and Roman Cuello gave Palestino the points. PERU Universitario beat Sporting Cristal 1-0 in their derby to go top of the championship's first stage thanks to a goal on the hour from Johan Vasquez. BOLIVIA Real Potosi beat The Strongest 2-1 to stay top of the Apertura championship, three points clear of titleholders Aurora. Luis Gatty Riberio and Darwin Pena scored for Real and Pablo Vazquez replied for the Tigers.
6 April 2009
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