South American roundup-San Felipe complete Chilean double

Updated: November 16, 2009, 10:10 AM ET
Reuters

By Rex Gowar

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 16 - Union San Felipe added the Chile Cup to their promotion to the top flight to crown a remarkable season at the weekend.

Deportivo Cuenca reached the Ecuadorean championship final with a fifth consecutive victory, while Cerro Porteno won the big Paraguayan derby against Olimpia.

CHILE

Union San Felipe, who had secured promotion to the Chilean first division, beat Municipal Iquique 3-0 with two goals by Argentine striker Angel Vildozo to win the Copa Chile, crowning a brilliant season.

The team, Chilean champions once in 1971, eliminated five top flight teams on their way to their cup victory that qualifies them for next year's Copa Sudamericana, the continent's Europa League equivalent.

ECUADOR

Brazilian Rodrigo Teixeira scored a late goal to give Deportivo Cuenca a 2-1 away win over Olmedo that put them in the championship final by securing top spot in Group Two with a match to spare.

LDU Quito were set to face Deportivo Quito in a derby in the capital on Monday night for the other place in the final. They are equal on points at the top of Group One.

PARAGUAY

Argentine substitute Roberto Nanni scored the winner as title holders Cerro Porteno, down to nine men from the 79th minute, beat arch rivals Olimpia 2-1 in their Asuncion derby.

Cerro had substitute Celso Ortiz sent off in the 77th minute for his goal celebrations following Nanni's winner and forward Ivan Gonzalez Ferreira two minutes later for a violent foul.

Uruguayan Martin Liguera put Olimpia ahead midway through the first half and Jorge Nunez equalised 10 minutes before halftime. Nanni came on with quarter of an hour to go and within a minute had scored the winner. Olimpia defender Claudio Vargas hit the bar in the dying minutes.

Joint leaders Nacional and Libertad both lost and were joined at the top by Rubio Nu, who beat Tacuary 2-0, their eighth match unbeaten.

PERU

Juan Aurich beat Alianza Lima 2-1 at home to climb to within one point of the Group A leaders in the race for a place in the championship final.

In group B, ten-man Universitario crushed Alianza Atletico 4-0 to remain eight points clear of second-placed Sport Huancayo, who beat title holders San Martin 1-0. Universitario defender Renzo Revoredo was sent off in the 62nd minute.

VENEZUELA

Caracas FC beat Real Esspor 3-0 away with two goals by Rafael Castellin to retain the lead in the Apertura championship. They are three points ahead of Deportivo Italia and five in front of Tachira, who also won their matches, with four rounds to go.

COLOMBIA

Independiente Medellin and Santa Fe finished first and second in the round-robin phase of the Clausura championship to earn seeding in the two groups of the semi-final stage.

Huila, Pereira, Deportes Tolima, Atletico Junior, Atletico Nacional and Real Cartagena also go into Tuesday's draw.

Medellin were held 2-2 at home by title holders Once Caldas, who missed out on the semi-final groups by finishing well outside the top eight, while Santa Fe crushed Deportivo Cali 4-1 with two goals by Yulian Anchico.

In a duel of struggling giants, already eliminated America denied Millonarios a place in the last eight with a 1-1 draw that left them in ninth place.

(Additional reporting by Claudio Cerda in Santiago; editing by Justin Palmer; to query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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