Atletico Madrid held defending champion Barcelona to a 1-1 tie Thursday in Barcelona, leaving the defending champion three points behind league leader Sevilla going into the two-week Christmas
put Barca in front four minutes before halftime with a goal on a free kick. Argentine teenager Sergio Aguero
equalized for the visitors in the second half. Barca still has a makeup game in its favor. CHILE.
Colo Colo looked
set to clinch the Torneo Clausura championship after beating Audax Italiano, 3-0, in the first leg of the final on Wednesday. Argentine-born midfielder Matias
, who will join Spanish club Villarreal in January, scored on a free kick from 40 yards. It was the 20-year-old star's 15th goal of the season. The second leg of the final will be
played on Saturday. COLOMBIA.
Cucuta won its first championship for the first time after a 1-1 tie at Tolima on Wednesday in the second leg of
the Torneo Clausura final gave it 2-1 victory on aggregate. MacNelly Torres
scored the deciding goal for Cucuta in the 76th minute. Its coach, Jorge Luis Pinto
, will take over the Colombian national team in 2007. PORTUGAL.
Benfica moved within eight
points of Premier League leader Porto with a 4-0 win over Belenenses in Lisbon on Thursday. Mexican striker Kikin Fonseca
notched his first Benfica goal on a
header in the 53rd minute. Portuguese international Simao Sabrosa
and Greeks Giorgios Karagounis
and Konstantinos Katasouranis
also scored for Benfica. Play in the Premier League resumes Jan. 14.