Boca Juniors, Tigre & San Lorenzo share a three-way tie at the top of Argentina; Sao Paulo win their third straight Brazilian title

Rosario Central 2 – Tigre 3 (Apertura, December 7, 2008) Tigre were 2-down after only 11 minutes following goals by Milton Caraglio and Ezequiel Gonzalez. But Carlos Luna struck twice to pull Tigre level by halftime, side-footing past Jorge Broun in the 29th minute and volleying in a rebound after Diego Castano headed against the post just before the break. Leandro Lazarro grabbed the winner in the 81st minute, scoring from near the penalty spot after Leonel Altobelli pulled the ball back, as Tigre moved joint top.

San Lorenzo 4 – Independiente 1 (Apertura, December 7, 2008) San Lorenzo also moved to joint top spot, Pablo Barrientos headed them in front after 19 minutes before Santiago Solari scored from close range two minutes later. Independiente were in more trouble when Leonel Rios was sent off and Gaston Aguirre added the third two minutes before halftime. Barrientes claimed his second in the 57th minute before Lionel Nunez notched Independiente’s consolation.

River Plate 1 – Godoy Cruz 2 (Apertura, December 6, 2008) River’s Matias Abelairas cancelled out Hernan Encina’s opener but Caruso struck after 85 minutes as River, the Clausura champions, lost for the eighth time this season to sink to the bottom of the league.


Atletico Paranaense 5 – Flamengo 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, December 7, 2008)

Goias 0 – Sao Paulo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, December 7, 2008) Striker Borges scored a controversial winner in the first half for Sao Paulo, who had needed only a draw to wrap up the title. Sao Paulo retain the title for the third year running.

Cruzeiro 4 – Portuguesa 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, December 7, 2008)

Palmeiras 0 – Botafogo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, December 7, 2008)