BOGOTA, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Five players were sent off in a Bogota derby match in which Millonarios beat La Equidad 2-1 with a last minute penalty to scrape their first win of Colombia's Apertura championship season.
Millonarios' Argentine coach Mario Vanermerak is renowned for bringing out the gritty qualities in his players but it was La Equidad who collected four of the red cards in Sunday's bad-tempered game.
Millonarios were a goal down at halftime and Gerardo Bedoya's equaliser for the home side looked suspiciously offside, with referee Adalberto Rincon's indecisive stance only making matters worse.
Millonarios' full-back Fernando Monroy was the first to be sent off, followed by dismissals for La Equidad players Jerson Cordoba and Roman Torres.
Rincon then awarded Millonarios a last-minute penalty following a foul on Roberto Carlos Cortes and the ensuing row resulted in La Equidad defender Jonathan Werpajosky and goalscorer Roberto Polo being sent off.
La Equidad coach Alexis Garcia was also dismissed.
Ricardo Ciciliano scored the winner from the spot to move Millonarios up to mid-table, with four points from three games.
Medellin and Santa Fe are joint leaders in the Apertura with a maximum nine points each and both teams collected away wins at the weekend.
Medellin edged out Cucuta by a single goal and Santa Fe collected a 2-1 win at Deportivo Pasto.