Super Sunday in South America, with five titles up for grabs

South America staged its Super Sunday at the weekend – five domestic titles were up for grabs.
In Argentina the fixture computer had played its part. Four teams still had a chance of glory, and they faced each other in a dramatic double header. Two draws meant that San Lorenzo, with the Pope’s blessing and an interesting crop of youngsters, came out on top.
There was even more drama in Uruguay, where three teams went into the last day with a chance. Favourites were traditional giants Nacional, with a relatively straightforward home game against little Fenix. They took the lead, and with rivals River Plate losing they seemed well on course.
Fenix, though, hit back with two goals, and Nacional veteran Alvaro Recoba had a penalty saved. River Plate equalised in their game – but to no avail because a late free kick gave Danubio a 1-0 win, and catapulted them from third place to top of the table.
Venezuela’s closing round was similar, with leaders Mineros going behind early on, giving hope to three chasers, Caracas and Anzoategui (who faced each other) and Zamora. Mineros, though, hit back to win their game 3-1 and claim the title.
Some countries end their season with a final, usually over two legs. In Colombia Atletico Nacional beat Deportivo Cali 2-0 on aggregate, completing a memorable year for the club coached by Juan Carlos Osorio, once on the staff at Manchester City. Colombia stages two separate championships a year, and his men won both of them, and the cup as well.
Peru is still waiting to crown its champion. Bizarrely, goal difference does not count in its final. Real Garcilaso beat Universitario 3-2 in the home leg, but went down 3-0 in the second. With one win apiece, a third game is played to decide matters. As the team with more points in the league stage, Garcilaso could choose the neutral venue, so it will take place on Wednesday in Huancayo – at altitude, conditions more to Garcilaso’s liking.
Other than Peru, Bolivia is the only country yet to define its champion. Elsewhere, in Brazil Cruzeiro strolled to the title, in Chile O’Higgins won for the first time despite not being able to play at home, Emelec cruised to victory in Ecuador and Cerro Porteno, unbeaten, did likewise in Paraguay.