Cienciano win Clausura as Boys survive drop
LIMA, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Provincial club Cienciano won the Peruvian Clausura championship in dramatic style on Wednesday, beating Universitario 2-1 with a last-minute goal in a playoff.
Earlier in the match, Cienciano coach Julio Cesar Uribe ran onto the pitch to protest to the referee after he awarded a penalty which led to Universitario's goal.
Cienciano, based in the historic Andean city of Cusco, will face Alianza Lima, winners of the championship's first stage held earlier in the year, in the end-of-season final.
Colombian Edison Chara, who was recently on the receiving end of an astonishing public attack by Uribe, opened the scoring for Cienciano in the 70th minute.
Piera Alva equalised three minutes later from a controversial penalty awarded for handball.
But Cienciano had the last laugh when Juan Carlos Marino fired the winner in the 89th.
Former Peru coach Uribe, who has bitterly criticised the refereeing throughout the championship and at one stage resigned in protest, was again angry after the game.
'We're very upset about the penalty,' he said.
'We've had to fight against everyone .... a lot of people didn't want to see us as champions, but with our football we proved we're the best.'
Sport Boys kept their place in the top flight after beating Jose Galvez on penalties in a relegation playoff.
After the teams played out a goalless stalemate after extra time, Boys won 5-4 in the shootout to send their opponents straight back into the second division after one year in the top flight.