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May 1, 2006

Round-up of action from South America

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 1 (Reuters) - Rioting fans forced the Ecuadorean derby between Emelec and Barcelona to be abandoned at the weekend.

Penarol's miserable run continued when they lost 3-1 at home to Liverpool in the Uruguayan championship, leaving them bottom of the table.

ECUADOR - Barcelona fans destroyed the toilets, attacked the press box and forced the match at Emelec to be abandoned in the 50th minute on Sunday.

Media reports said 40 people were injured and nine arrested. The violence continued outside the Capwell stadium in Guayaquil when rival fans clashed in the streets.

Trouble broke out when striker Luis Escalada scored in the 47th minute to put Emelec 3-0 ahead.

A linesman was struck by part of a wash-basin which had been vandalised while radio reporters fled as the hooligans smashed the windows of their commentary boxes.

The remaining 40 minutes are due to be played on Monday behind closed doors.

Army club El Nacional went back to the top of the Apertura championship by beating Macara 2-0 with two goals in three minutes from striker Felix Borja.

They lead on goal difference from LDU, who lost 2-1 at home to Deportivo Cuenca.

URUGUAY - Penarol, who fired coach Luis Garisto last Monday, continued their unhappy run with a 3-1 home defeat by Liverpool.

Julian Lalinde scored twice in the first half for the visitors before Matias Gonzalez added a penalty early in the second. Brazilian Zinho replied for Penarol.

The once-mighty Penarol, who had 12 points deducted after a gang of their fans stabbed a rival supporter to death outside the Centenary stadium, are bottom of the Apertura championship with minus five points.

Nacional, who won 2-0 at River Plate with goals from Juan Albin and Luis Suarez, lead with 22 points out of a possible 24.

BOLIVIA - Bolivar cruised to a 2-0 win over La Paz FC to extend their lead in the Clausura championship.

Martin Menacho and Daner Pachi netted for the Academy, who are six points clear of Real Potosi, Universitario de Sucre and San Jose.

Cash-strapped The Strongest returned to La Paz by bus, a 15-hour journey over mountain roads, after their 2-2 draw with Universitario in Sucre.

The decision allowed the club to save money on a night's accommodation as there were no flights back after the game.

PARAGUAY - Cerro Porteno pulled level with Tacuary at the top of the championship's first stage after winning 4-1 at nine-man Guarani.

Jorge Achucarro headed Cerro in front after 10 minutes. He also set up the second for Edgar Gonzalez in the 21st before Pablo Escobar scored twice.

Guarani, winless under former Chile goalkeeper Roberto Rojas, had Felipe Gimenez and Pablo Centurion sent off in the second half.

Tacuary went down to a surprise 2-1 defeat at 12 de Octubre, Elvis Marecos scoring the winner with a second-half penalty.

COLOMBIA - Leaders Once Caldas twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with second-placed Cucuta and stay unbeaten in the Apertura championship.

Jorge Diaz twice put Cucuta in front and Caldas replied with a penalty from Arnulfo Valentierra and a goal by Julian Hurtado.

CHILE - Universidad Catolica and Colo Colo suffered shock defeats.

Catolica were beaten 2-0 at home by lowly Santiago Wanderers while Colo Colo lost 1-0 at Union Espanola.

Audax Italiano, Universidad de Chile, Colo Colo and Huachipato lead the four groups in the qualifying stage of the Apertura championship.

PERU - Alianza Lima beat San Martin 2-0 to extend their lead in the championship's first stage to seven points over Sporting Cristal, who drew 1-1 with Cienciano.