CONMEBOL roundup 30 March 2011


Once Caldas kept up their leadership of Apertura 2011 with a 3-1 win against Atlético Nacional who slipped into third place after Deportes Tolima took a 0-2 win at Deportivo Cali. The Cali giants have only managed one win in their eight games so far and lie second bottom of the table. The only team below them are Deportes Pereira who drew 2-2 with Independiente Medellín meaning that they have now gone 34 games and a full calander year without a league win.

Millonarios put in another strong performance with a 3-0 win against Real Cartagena to move up into fourth place above Itagüí Ditaires who could only manage a 2-2 home draw against Santa Fe. The game between Junior and America de Cali finished 1-1 with an exceptional goal for either side, Carlos Bacca opened the scoring with a looping backheel goal then América's Brazilian striker Ronaille equalised with an acrobatic overhead type finish.


Paraguay also featured a full programme of matches during international week. Olimpia rediscovered their mojo with a 3-1 win against Tres de Febrero while Nacional seemed to be establishing themselves as Olimpia's only realistic challengers with a 2-0 win against Cerro Porteño. Cerro look all but out of the race and the other two Libertad suffered a 2-0 away defeat to Independiente and Guaraní also lost on the road against struggling Sportivo Luqueño.

The team of the moment in Paraguay are Rubio Ñú who thrashed General Caballero 1-5 in their own stadium.


There were only three games in Chile last week due to the international break and all of them resulted in away wins. Universidad de Chile hammered Cobresal 2-5 to move up to third which was no real surprise however the other two games were definite upsets. Colo-Colo lost their first game under Américo Gallego and their six game unbeaten streak with a 1-2 home defeat against Huachipato and O'Higgins missed their chance to make up ground on the leaders with a surprising 1-2 home defeat to Palestino who have clambered well away from the bottom of the table with three consecutive wins. Both of their goals were excellent goals from Juniór Fernández wo got away from his defender with a lovely backheel turn for the first one and ran from his own half in the 88th minute evading several challanges to roll the ball home for the winner.


The only action in Ecuador were a few catch up games involving Copa Libertadores participants. Emelec put themselves right back into the title race with two home wins. They beat Olmedo 3-1 in midweek and then recorded a 2-1 victory over Manta to put themselves within three points of leaders Deportivo Quito with a game in hand.

Liga de Quito bagged a 0-2 win against Deportivo Cuenca making them the most successful team from outside Cuenca in games against Deportivo with eighteen victories. They are in second place one point behind Deportivo Quito with a game in hand.


The only action in Uruguayan domestic football over the last week were two resceduled games involving Copa Libertadores participants. Coincidentally both games featured El Tanque Sisley, who are now bottom of the table on goal difference after suffering a 2-4 home defeat against Peñarol and then a 5-2 away thrashing by Nacional (which I refuse to link to because the highlights Nacional fans upload always have the opposition's goals deleted out of them, ruining the narrative of the games).

Nacional are now joint top of the table with Defensor and Peñarol are three points behind with a game in hand.


There were only two games in Venezuela due to the international break. Caracas kept up their title challenge with a 0-1 win at Deportivo Táchira but Yacaruyanos failed in their bid to stay with the leaders after suffering a 1-4 home defeat against Deportivo Lara.


There was no domestic action in Bolivia due to the international break.


There was no domestic action in Bolivia due to the international break.

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