Victories for River Plate and Defensor Sporting
River Plate and Defensor Sporting continued their superb starts to the Uruguayan Primera Division season with wins on Sunday.
Table-toppers River entered their home fixture with Cerro Largo on the back of three consecutive victories and proved too strong for their bottom-half opponents. Goals in each half from Bruno Montelongo and Felipe Avenatti helped them to 2-0 triumph in Montevideo. Midfielder Montelongo – who left River Plate to join Milan in 2010 before returning via Penarol – scored after 34 minutes to give the hosts the lead. In-form forward Avenatti sealed the victory 15 minutes from time with his sixth goal in his last nine matches. Cerro Largo had Brazilian striker Marcos Neves sent off in the second half as they slumped to their third away defeat in a row.
River have won six matches this season and accumulated 19 points from their nine matches.
Defensor Sporting are below them on goal difference only after they came from behind to beat Central Espanol 2-1.
Central Espanol – who sit bottom of the table – stunned their opponents when Argentine midfielder Jorge Artigas opened the scoring after 22 minutes.
Giorgian De Arrascaeta levelled proceedings just after the break before Emilio Renteria bagged a late winner. Renteria's goal, which came in the 90th minute, extended the club's unbeaten run to five matches.
Nacional's struggles continued as they were held to a 1-1 home draw against El Tanque Sisley. The Uruguayan giants have now failed to win in four consecutive matches, which has seen them slide to fourth in the table. Gonzalo Merlo fired the visitors in front after 55 minutes but Ivan Alonso produced a quick response for Nacional.
Other results saw Cerro defeat Danubio 3-1, while Juventud De Las Piedras scored late in a 1-1 draw against Montevideo Wanderers.