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33 game unbeaten streak over!!!!

COLOMBIA

Millonarios beat Caldas 1-0 to end the champions' 33-match unbeaten run in the Palogrande de Manizales stadium.

Deportivo Cali consolidated their position at the top of the Colombian Finalizacion championship with a convincing 4-0 win at Tulua.

Jimmy Asprilla, Leido Preciado, Mayer Candelo and Carlos Castillo all scored as Cali tore holes in a ragged Tulua defence.

Bucaramanga upset Atletico Junior by marching to a 4-2 win.

The home team went ahead with two goals by Martin Arzuaga and should have extended their lead but Eulalio Arriaga missed a penalty. Two goals by Felipe Rivas helped Bucaramanga along the road to victory.


BOLIVIA

Bolivia's second-stage Clausura championship began got under way even thought the winners of the Apertura championship have not been declared due to a legal dispute, and despite a looming threat of industrial action by the country's referees.

The Strongest scraped a 2-1 win over Guabira after resting several players for Wednesday's money-spinning Copa Sudamericana qualifying match with Blooming. Substitute Ronaldo do Santos scored the winning goal with thunderous long-range shot.

The Strongest have not been declared official winners of the Apertura championship due to a dispute over the nationality of midfielder Luis Cristaldo.

Rival clubs claim that Argentine-born Cristaldo should be considered a foreign player and allege that The Strongest have persistently broken rules which require teams to field seven players born in Bolivia per match.

The Strongest have taken the case to the country's Constitutional Tribunal to prove that the player is Bolivian.

Cash-strapped Union Central scored a welcome 2-1 win over Bolivar, inspired by a battling performance from captain Gustavo Romanello.

However, a sparse crowd were on hand to witness the event, giving little relief to the club in their battle for financial survival.

San Jose struck another blow for the smaller clubs with a narrow 1-0 win over Blooming. Alejandro Olmos scored the winner0 on 48 minutes after Blooming's Alejandro Gomez was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Oriente Petrolero notched up the biggest win of the weekend, thrashing Iberoamericana 5-0.


CHILE

Stay-at-home fans saw little of the first week of Chile's 2003 Clausura tournament due to a dispute over television rights.

Cable channel Canal del Futbol managed to prevent rival camera crews from gaining access to the stadiums after negotiations for the sale of rights to other Chilean television channels reached a deadlock.

Universidad Catolica achieved the best result among the opening matches, beating Temuco 3-0.

Arturo Norumbuena headed Universidad Catolica into the lead on 32 minutes, but home fans had to wait until the 84th minute before Carlos Tapia could extend the lead. Jorge Campos scored the third, capitalising on a deft touch by Sebastian Rosenthal.

Adrian Rojas and Fernando Lopez were sent off in Puerto Montt's 2-1 defeat at Palestino, and Joel Estay and Jose Luis Villanueva scored a goal each in the second half.


ECUADOR

Liga de Quito's run of good form ended abruptly with a 3-1 defeat at Barcelona.

A bumper 35,000 crowd were on hand to see Barcelona take on their Quito rivals, and Rodrigo Texeira, Fricson George and Giovanny Caicedo obliged with a salvo of three goals in less than 10 minutes.

The taste of victory was sweet because new Argentine coach Ruben Insua was intent on ending the long run of indifferent results against Liga.

Argentine playmaker Ruben "Mago" Capria made an impressive debut for Barcelona and showed his ability to organise and lead the team from midfield.

Liga opened the scoring on 38 minutes when Edwin Tenorio scored an own-goal from a harmless-looking corner kick.

Substitutes Nico Asencio and Caicedo added punch in the second half and paved the way for the decisive three-goal blast.

El Nacional extended their lead over second-placed Liga de Quito with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Tecnico Universitario.
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