S.America Round-Up: Small clubs stay out in front

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Unfashionable clubs continued to do well in South America as Rampla Juniors went back to the top in Uruguay, Coronel Bolognesi stayed top in Peru and Audax Italiano won again in Chile.

By Brian Homewood

URUGUAY

Rampla Juniors, whose coach Luis Lopez works part time in a Montevideo hospital to supplement his income, went back to the top of the Apertura championship with a 2-1 win over Juventud.

Substitute Martin Peula scored a 78th-minute winner for Rampla, who won despite having Fabricio Cancela sent off early in the second half.

Rampla, who have never won the title since Uruguayan football turned professional in 1932 and are based in one of Montevideo’s poorest areas, went two points ahead of Defensor Sporting who did not play.

PERU

Coronel Bolognesi, based in the town of Tacna near the Chilean border and named after a Peruvian soldier who fought in the 19th century War of the Pacific, beat Alianza Atletico 1-0 to stay top of the championship’s second stage.

Adan Balbin scored early in the second half as Bolognesi extended their lead to six points. Cienciano moved into second place with a 4-0 win over Deportivo San Martin.

Sporting Cristal beat Universitario 1-0 in the Lima derby with a second-half goal from midfielder Roberto Palacios.

CHILE

Midfielder Carlos Villanueva scored both goals, the first with an overhead kick, to give Audax Italiano a 2-0 win over O’Higgins in a match involving the leaders of Groups Three and Four respectively.

Villanueva took his tally to 15 goals.

Audax, enjoying an unprecedented run, top Group Three with 39 points from 16 games, while O’Higgins have 32.

Traditional teams Colo Colo, who thumped Santiago Wanderers 4-0, and Universidad Catolica, 3-1 winners over Puerto Montt, lead the other groups.

ECUADOR

Striker Agustin Delgado, who has turned down a call from Ecuador coach Luis Fernando Suarez to resume his international career, was on target as LDU came from behind to beat Deportivo
Quito 3-1.

Juan Trivino put Deportivo in front in the 26th minute but Jairo Campos and Patricio Urrutia replied for LDU in the second half before Delgado, who played for Ecuador at the last two World Cups, completed the scoring.

Delgado, banned for six months earlier this year for his part in a brawl on the pitch, has blamed a series of injury problems for his decision to quit the national side.

LDU lead the final stage of the 2007 championship with 10 points from two games, a total which includes four bonus points carried through from earlier stages of the complex competition.

PARAGUAY

Libertad stayed one point ahead of Cerro Porteno in the second stage of the championship after the leading pair both won.

Libertad beat Nacional 2-1 after Vladimir Marin opened the scoring from a controversially-awarded free kick.

Oswaldo Martinez increased Libertad’s lead with another free kick and Cristian Bogado pulled one back in injury-time.

Cerro Porteno beat 12 de Octubre 4-1.

VENEZUELA

Andres Buendia converted an injury-time penalty as Estrella Roja held leaders Caracas FC to a 1-1 draw. Venezuela forward Alejandro Guerra had put the visitors ahead in the first half.

Caracas stayed five points clear of Deportivo Anzoategui who were held 0-0 at Deportivo Tachira.

Only 100 people watched as Deportivo Italia beat bottom club Union Lara 1-0.


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