The suspension of Argentina’s superclásico, Sydney FC’s Grand Final triumph in Australia and a huge win for Santos provided the weekend’s big stories outside Europe. FIFA.com fills in the details on these stories and more.
Argentinian Clausura: Bombonera washout
Torrential rain forced the suspension of the superclásico between Boca Juniors and River Plate after only ten minutes with the score still locked at 0-0. The Buenos Aires rivals will attempt to complete the fixture this Thursday. Independiente held on to top spot after overcoming Rosario Central 2-0.
Big game: Unfashionable Godoy Cruz continue to confound the critics. El Tomba compiled a 2-0 win over Apertura champions Banfield on Sunday to stay within two points of the leaders. Four points clear of Estudiantes in third, the unfancied Mendoza outfit look set to maintain their unlikely challenge through to the end of the season.
Headline grabber: Defeats for Racing and Central gave Gimnasia y Esgrima the chance to move out of the relegation/promotion play-off places. The La Plata outfit failed to make the most of their opportunity, however, going down 2-0 to Arsenal at home, with Gimnasia old boy Luciano Leguizamon scoring the opener. The two direct relegation places are currently occupied by Chacarita Juniors, who lost 2-0 to Huracan, and Atletico Tucuman, who fell 3-1 to Estudiantes.
Brazilian state championships: Picture becomes clearer
Despite losing 2-0 to Gremio Pudente, Corinthians held on to fourth place in Sao Paulo thanks to Botafogo SP’s 1-0 reverse at the hands of Paulista, in which Felipe Azevedo scored the only goal.
Coritiba, Atletico PR, Iraty, Parana, Operario, Paranavai, Cascavel and Corinthians PR are the eight teams through the play-off phase in the Campeonato Paranaense. Corinthians PR claimed the final slot when they were awarded a 3-0 win after Engenheiro Beltrao failed to turn up for their final league match and Cianorte lost to Iraty.
Big game: The absence of Robinho and Neymar did not stop Santos from thrashing Ituano 9-1 and moving two points clear of Santo Andre at the top of the Campeonato Paulista.
Headline grabber: German Herrera and Adriano scored two goals apiece as city rivals Botafogo and Flamengo played out a 2-2 draw in the Rio de Janeiro championship, the seventh time the two sides have recorded this result in their last 20 meetings. The share of the spoils left Fla still out front in Group A, albeit on the same number of points as Fluminense. Tied on points with America, Botafogo lead the way in Group B.
Korean K-League: Jeju keep pace with Jeonbuk
Jeju United held on to second place following their 2-0 defeat of Daejeon Citizens, who remain in the relegation zone with only a point to their name from four matches. United are tied on eight points with title holders Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, who hold first place courtesy of having scored one more goal than their closest pursuers.
Big game: The rematch between last season’s play-off finalists ended in a 1-1 draw, with Eninho scoring an injury-time equaliser for Jeonbuk after Dzenan Radoncic had given third-placed Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma an early lead.
Headline grabber: Pohang Steelers in fourth racked up the biggest win of the day as they put four goals past struggling Gangwon without reply, Brazilian striker Joao Mota scoring a hat-trick.
Regular-season leaders Sydney claimed the spoils in the Australian A-League Grand Final, edging out Melbourne Victory on penalties after a 1-1 draw in normal time. Mark Bridge put Sydney ahead only for Adrian Leijer to equalise for the reigning champions nine minutes from the close, the Sky Blues taking their second A-League title on spot-kicks after extra time had ended goalless.
MC Alger stretched their lead in the Algerian Premier League to six points thanks to a 2-1 win over bottom club CA Batna and JSM Bejaia’s 1-0 defeat at home to Aso Chlef.
Shunsuke Nakamura is all smiles again following his move to Yokohama F Marinos. The former Celtic and Espanyol midfielder opened the scoring as his new side overcame Kawasaki Frontale 4-0 to move up to fourth in the Japanese J-League. Leaders at the start of the weekend, Vegalta Sendai plummeted to sixth after going down 2-1 at Kyoto Purple Sanga. Replacing them at the summit are Shimizu S-Pulse, 1-0 winners over Vissel Kobe.
2009 Apertura winners Monterrey beat Guadalajara 2-1 to take charge in the Mexican Bicentenario. After stringing together a club-record eight wins in a row at the start of the campaign, Chivas have not won in three and now lie second overall.
One side who have managed to maintain their form is Penarol, who made it nine wins out of nine in the Uruguayan Clausura following a 2-1 defeat of Rampla Juniors. Los Aurinegros have a five-point cushion ahead of Fenix and look well set to regain the title.