Guadalajara, Mexico's most popular club, won its first title in nine years when it came from behind to beat Toluca, 2-1, away in the second leg of the Torneo Apertura final.
goals from defender Francisco Rodriguez
and striker Adolfo Bautista
gave Chivas a record 11th title and its first
since flamboyant businessman Jorge Vergara
bought the club in 2002.
Toluca, which held Chivas to a 1-1 tie in the first leg on Thursday, looked
set to win the Torneo Apertura when Argentine Bruno Marioni
opened the scoring with his 14th goal of the competition in the 18th minute.
Guadalajara, the only Mexican club to not field foreign players, evened the score seven minutes after halftime when Ramon Morales
floated over a free kick
from the right, and Rodriguez scored with a flying header at the near post. Bautista scored the winner with a shot from outside the penalty area in the 69th minute. ARGENTINA.
The Bombonera fell silent Sunday as home team Boca Juniors, needing only a tie to clinch the Torneo Apertura, lost to Lanus, 2-1, and must meet Estudiantes in a
playoff to decide the first half of the First Division season. Boca appeared to be on its way to its third straight title when Martin Palermo
scored from the
penalty spot in the 31st minute, but Lanus rallied on goals by Claudio Graf
and Rodrigo Archubi
. Boca still looked
safe until Estudiantes, coached by former Argentine star Diego Simoene
, struck twice in the last five minutes on goals by Agustin Alayes
(off a cross from Juan Sebastian Veron
) and Mariano Pavone
to beat Arsenal, 2-0.
Manchester United extended its lead in the Premiership to eight points when it beat Manchester City, 3-1, and second-place Chelsea
struggled to earn a 1-1 tie at home against London rival Arsenal. Goals by strike trio of Wayne Rooney
, Louis Saha
and Cristiano Ronaldo
won the Old Trafford derby. Ghanaian Michael Essien
's late goal earned the Blues a point
after Mathieu Flamini
's 78th-minute goal appeared to end Chelsea's league unbeaten streak at Stamford Bridge dating back to February 2004. GERMANY.
Werder Bremen and Schalke 04 remained 1-2 with big wins over the weekend in Bundesliga action. Brazilian center back Naldo
had a hat trick for Werder its its 6-2 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt. Schalke came out ahead in its Ruhr derby against Borussia Dortmund, winning, 3-1, on goals by Christian Pander
, Kevin Kuranyi
and Peter Lovenkrands
Inter Milan tied a club record when it beat Empoli, 3-0, on Sunday to win its eighth Serie A game in a row and open a seven-point lead. Second-half
goals from Hernan Crespo
, Zlatan Ibrahimovic
and Walter Samuel
equal its club record winning streak set in the 1939-40 season. Second-place Roma lost to Lazio, 3-0, on goals by Cristian Ledesma
, Massimo Oddo
and Massimo Mutarelli
in the Rome derby. SPAIN.
Barcelona increased its
lead at the top of La Liga to two points after earning a 1-0 win at home against Real Sociedad on Ronaldinho
's 11th league goal of the season, while Sevilla
beat second-place Real Madrid, 2-1, in a highly charged encounter at the Sanchez Pizjuan. Sevilla kept its perfect record at home thanks to a goal from Franco-Malian Frederic Kanoute
and a spectacular overhead kick from Uruguayan Ernesto Chevanton
after a David Beckham
free kick put Real Madrid ahead.