Peru Primera Division Wrap: Cristal remain in control

6 May 2013 07:18

Peruvian league leaders Sporting Cristal have maintained their three-point gap on Real Garcilaso with a 4-0 thrashing of Jose Galvez.

Real Garcilaso could have joined Sporting Cristal at the top of Peru’s Primera Division after they crushed Cesar Vallejo 4-0 but the reigning champions stayed three points clear with their victory over Jose Galvez.

Universitario moved up to third position with a 1-0 win against Union Comercio, joining three other clubs on 21 points, five adrift of Sporting Cristal.

Alianza Lima moved up to 21 points with a 2-2 draw away to Leon de Huanuco, while defeats meant Sport Huancayo and Cesar Vallejo completed the quartet of clubs behind Sporting Cristal and Real Garcilaso.

Sport Huancayo lost 2-1 to Pacifico.

Sporting took the lead in first-half stoppage time on Sunday when Jorge Cazulo lifted the ball over Jose Galvez’s defence to Nelhino Quina, who crossed for Hernan Rengifo to tap in.

Cazulo doubled Sporting’s lead in the 57th minute and Renzo Revoredo’s near-post header made it 3-0 with 19 minutes remaining, while Carlos Lobaton wrapped up the four-goal rout in the 79th minute with a blistering strike.

In other results over the weekend, Inti Gas drew 2-2 with Juan Aurich and Melgar defeated Universidad San Martin 1-0.

Colombia Primera A Wrap: Deportivo Pasto close in on top spot

6 May 2013 07:04

Deportivo Pasto climbed to third spot and are within a point of league leaders Santa Fe after Colombia Primera A action over the weekend.

The top-of-the-table battle between Santa Fe and Once Caldas turned out to be a fizzer – as the latter failed to score at home and were held to a 0-0 draw which keeps them in second spot.

Pasto went level on points with Once Caldas, courtesy of a 2-1 home victory over Cucuta Deportivo.

They climbed above Deportes Tolima, who were held to consecutive draws after Deportivo Cali earned a 2-2 stalemate away from home.

It was Cali’s fourth straight draw in the league, which leaves them seventh on 22 points – three behind Santa Fe in a packed top end of the table.

In other results, Millonarios smashed Patriotas Boyaca 4-1, Envigado kept a clean sheet at home to Atletico Nacional with a 3-0 result while Boyaca Chico earned a 2-1 home win over Atletico Huila.

Medellin edged Itagui 1-0, La Equidad blitzed Deportes Quindio 3-0 and Junior chalked up a 2-1 victory at home to Alianza Petrolera.

Chile Primera Division Wrap: Union Espanola go top

6 May 2013 06:53

Union Espanola have overhauled O’Higgins at the top of the Chile Primera Division with a 2-0 win on the road to Santiago Wanderers.

Both Union Espanola and Universidad Catolica moved above O’Higgins on Chile’s Primera Division ladder after the former leaders had to come from behind to draw 1-1 with Cobreloa.

In Quillota, Union Espanola overcame the Wanderers thanks to two second-half goals, while Catolica defeated Everton 2-0 after an impressive first half.

Patricio Rubio gave Espanola the lead against the Wanderers with 14 minutes remaining on Saturday and veteran forward Gustavo Canales wrapped up the three points for the visitors when he scored in the 88th minute.

Meanwhile at Catolica’s Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo, Hans Martinez and Ismael Sosa struck in the first half for the hosts as they handed Everton their sixth defeat in eight matches.

Espanola and Catolica both moved to 29 points with the former ahead on goal difference, while O’Higgins (28 points) slipped to third after they were held by Cobreloa on Friday.

Pablo Gonzalez put Cobreloa in front on the hour mark and O’Higgins only salvaged a point when Gonzalo Barriga scored with eight minutes left.

Universidad de Chile claimed fourth spot on the table above Cobreloa with a 3-2 victory over Colo Colo on Sunday.

In other results in Chile’s top tier of football, Palestino drew 2-2 with San Marcos, Deportes Iquique defeated bottom club Cobresal 3-0 and Antofagasta overcame Audax Italiano 1-0.

Rangers were held to a scoreless draw by Nublense and Huachipato won 1-0 away to Union La Calera.

Venezuela Primera Division Wrap: Top four stumble

6 May 2013 06:37

The Venezuela Primera Division top four all slipped up on the weekend, as Zamora held onto first place.

The league leaders were held for a second consecutive time, when their visit to third side Trujillanos ended 0-0 on Sunday.

The point Zamora earned is their lead over second-placed side Deportivo Anzoategui, who fell to a 2-0 loss away to mid-table Real Esppor.

Deportivo Lara could have leapfrogged the lot to join Zamora at the top, but were held to a 3-3 draw on the road to Deportivo Tachira – conceding an 88th-minute equaliser.

Mineros de Guayana closed the gap on the top four, as they moved within three points of Lara with a 4-2 home win over Portuguesa.

Caracas, sixth, made it three straight wins when they beat Monagas 2-1 away.

In other results, Yaracuyanos thrashed Atletico El Vigia 4-0, Estudiantes de Merida beat Aragua 1-0 while Llaneros de Guanare were held 1-1 at home by Zulia.

Deportivo Petare’s home clash against Atletico Venezuela ended goalless.

Costa Rica Primera Division Wrap: Alajuelense miss out on playoff spot

6 May 2013 06:21

Cartagines have denied Torneo de Invierno champions Alajuelense a spot in playoffs of Costa Rica’s Primera Division with a 1-0 win.

In the final round before the playoffs in Costa Rica’s second half of the season, the Torneo de Verano, Cartagines wrapped up second position in the standings after their win over Alajuelense and the top-of-the table clash between Herediano and Deportivo Saprissa finished scoreless.

Sunday’s results left Herediano top of the table, meaning they will face Perez Zeledon in a two-legged semi-final, while Cartagines will play against Saprissa.

Randall Brenes scored the winner for Cartagines against Alajuelense, who triumphed in the playoffs of the first half of the season.

The result left Alajuelense on 34 points, one point adrift of Perez Zeledon, who lost 1-0 to Uruguay.

In other results in the Primera Division’s final round, San Carlos completed an impressive 4-2 win away to Belen Siglo XXI, Santos de Guapiles thumped Carmelita 4-1 and Puntarenas defeated Limon 2-1.