Heerenveen stun leaders
Ramon Zomer scored one goal and created another for Bas Dost as SC Heerenveen beat Dutch league leaders AZ Alkmaar 5-1 on Sunday. Rajiv van la Parra, Filip Djuricic and Luciano Narsingh were also on target as AZ lost only their second match of the season. US forward Jozy Altidore had leveled for AZ in the 20th minute with his fifth league goal of the season. Despite the loss, AZ remain top by three points from second-placed PSV Eindhoven, who lost 2-0 at Feyenoord. Twente are within four points of the lead after a 6-2 win at Utrecht, with winger Ola John setting up captain Peter Wisgerhof for the opening goal, before scoring twice himself. Willem Janssen also hit two, with fellow substitute Steven Berghuis on target in the 83rd minute. Frank Demouge and Dave Bulthuis replied with a goal each for Utrecht not long after the match was suspended for 15 minutes because of crowd trouble. Earlier on Sunday, two defensive errors proved costly for PSV at Feyenoord. Sekou Cisse dispossessed Ola Toivonen in the 40th minute, before exchanging passes with John Guidetti and scoring from inside the area. Ruben Schaken reproduced the same trick on teenager Jetro Willems, who was unaware that the ball was in play, to beat goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson with an angled shot from close range.
Corinthians claim the title
Corinthians, the former club of Brazil midfield legend Socrates, who died on Sunday, honored his memory by winning their fifth national league championship after a goalless draw against Sao Paulo rivals Palmeiras on Sunday. A full house of 39,000 saw the game at the Pacaembu, where Corinthians held on to claim top spot as second-placed Vasco da Gama drew 1-1 with Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro. The Timao — who Socrates played for between 1978 and 1984, and where he founded a pro-democracy movement in opposition to the then-military regime — previously lifted the national title in 1990, 1998, 1999 and 2005. Before the game, midfielder Alex said there would be no finer way to pay a fitting tribute to Socrates than for the club to get the draw they needed. “The best way for us to celebrate his memory is [winning] the title,” Alex said.
Boca Juniors win league
Boca Juniors won their first league title in three years with a 3-0 victory over Banfield on Sunday, thanks to two goals from Dario Cvitanich and another from Diego Rivero. Cvitanich gave Boca the lead in the 10th minute, slotting in a shot from close range after a scramble in front of the net. He scored his second in the 44th minute, driving in a strike from a corner. Rivero sealed the win in the 47th minute with a long-range drive. One of the most popular clubs in Argentina, Boca lead the Apertura championship on 39 points with only two matches remaining. Second-placed Racing have 28 points.
Nacional win the Apertura
Nacional secured Uruguay’s Apertura championship title on Sunday after Alvaro Recoba scored 11 minutes from time to give them a 1-0 win over Liverpool. Nacional, in Argentine Marcelo Gallardo’s debut season as coach, will play for the overall title against the winners of the Clausura championship in the second half of the season. Penarol and Danubio both had a chance to win the title, but Nacional’s victory left Danubio, 4-1 winners over Bella Vista, a point behind in second place.