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Riquelme keeps Boca on top

Play-maker Juan Roman Riquelme scored twice to give Boca Juniors a 2-1 win over Racing Club and keep them top of the Argentine championship on Sunday. Unfashionable Tigre moved into second place after coming from behind for a 3-1 win over defending champions River Plate who, incredibly, are bottom of the table. San Lorenzo, previously second, dropped to fourth after their game against Huracan on Saturday was suspended by a torrential downpour in the 16th minute. The Argentina Football Association has not yet announced when the match, which Huracan were winning 1-0, will be completed. With two games to play, Boca lead the Apertura championship with 35 points from 17 games, two ahead of Tigre. Riquelme opened the scoring with a 40th-minute penalty, ignoring provocation from goalkeeper Pablo Migliori to place the ball calmly in the bottom left corner. Franco Sosa out-jumped a group of Boca defenders to head Racing level in first-half stoppage time, but Riquelme volleyed the winner on the hour.


Sao Paulo blow title chance

Sao Paulo missed a chance to clinch the Brazilian championship title with a match to spare on Sunday when they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Fluminense. Gremio kept the title race alive by coming from behind to win 4-1 at Ipatinga, cutting Sao Paulo’s lead to three points. Portuguesa and Ipatinga became the first two teams to be relegated, while Flamengo continued an unhappy sequence of mishaps at the Maracana Stadium when they blew a 3-0 lead and were held 3-3 at home by Goias. Fluminense, beaten finalists in this year’s South American Libertadores Cup, took a shock lead at the Morumbi when Tarta scored from a rebound four minutes into the second half. Striker Borges equalized eight minutes later despite failing to connect properly with Jorge Wagner’s cross. Sao Paulo defender Andre Dias headed against the post with seven minutes left, leaving his team needing a draw from their visit to Goias next Sunday to win the title for the third time in a row.


Sporting move up to third

Injury-depleted Sporting moved into third place in the Portuguese league on Sunday after a 2-0 victory over Guimaraes. Helder Postiga scored from Joao Moutinho’s pass in the eighth minute, before Liedson added another in the 21st minute for Sporting to rebound from their worst ever home defeat in European play. Sporting coach Paulo Bento fielded a different defensive line-up for the 11th straight game with seven first choice players missing — four days after losing to Barcelona 5-2 in the Champions League. Sporting have 19 points, four points behind surprise leaders Leixoes. Also on Sunday, Trofense picked up their second victory of the season with a 2-0 win over Rio Ave and William scored his league-leading seventh goal to give Pacos Ferreira a 1-0 victory against Amadora. Braga rebounded from a 3-2 UEFA Cup loss to Wolfsburg with a 1-0 win over Nacional.


Mitroglou scores a brace

Costas Mitroglou came off the bench to score two goals and help Greek league leaders Olympiakos beat 10-man Panionios 4-1 on Sunday. Fernando Belluschi and Diogo scored a goal each, while Fanouris Goundoulakis netted Panionios’ consolation goal. The defending champion now have 29 points, four ahead of PAOK Thessaloniki. Also on Sunday, it was Aris 2, Panserraikos 0; Ergotelis 0, Xanthi 0; Levadiakos 0, AEK 0; and Panthrakikos 2, OFI 0.

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