Trio lift trophies aloft

Sao Paulo made it three league titles in a row in Brazil, while in Argentina the penultimate matchday ended with three sides enjoying a share of top spot. The weekend also saw champions crowned in Korea Republic and play-off finalists revealed in Mexico. As ever, reviews the pick of the action from outside Europe.

Argentinian Apertura: Three's a crowd
Boca Juniors arrived in La Plata yesterday as outright leaders and with high hopes of bringing home the title. However, a 0-0 draw with Gimnasia was not the desired result and, with just one round remaining, they find themselves in a three-way tie at the summit. Level on points with Los Xeneizes are Tigre, who won 3-2 away to Rosario Central, and San Lorenzo, who brushed aside Independiente 4-1. Still with an outside chance of the title are Lanus, who beat Velez Sarsfield 2-0 to move to within two points of the leaders.

Big match: Tigre were 2-0 down after just 11 minutes, but a Carlos Luna brace and a strike from Leandro Lazzaro sealed a memorable win for Diego Cagna's men.
Headline-grabber: Bottom side River Plate lost 2-1 at home to Godoy Cruz and are in grave danger of finishing at the foot of the table for the first time in their history.

Brasileirao: Sao Paulo make history
A first-half strike from Borges was enough to earn Sao Paulo a 1-0 win away to Goias, and hand them a third consecutive title and record sixth overall. O Tricolor Paulista hit the front on Matchday 33, and managed to stay ahead of the chasing pack for the remaining five rounds.

Big match: Atletico-PR beat Flamengo 5-3 in a pulsating contest. Not even a Marcelinho hat-trick was enough for O Mengão, with defeat costing them a place in the Copa Libertadores 2009
Headline-grabber: Vasco da Gama's survival hopes crumbled at home to Vitoria, a 2-0 defeat costing the Rio giants their Serie A status.

Mexican Apertura: Then there were two
Cruz Azul, who drew with Atlante 1-1 to seal a 4-2 aggregate win, and Toluca, who saw off defending champions Santos Laguna 2-1 after a scoreless first leg, have made it through to the final of the play-offs. As well as taking the Apertura crown, the winners will become the country's third-most successful club in terms of league titles. Both teams currently have eight championships to their name, and will be looking to close the gap on Guadalajara (11) and America (10).

Big match: Despite going a goal down, the Diablos Rojos turned the game round before half-time and held on after the break to give themselves a shot at the title they last won in 2005.
Headline-grabber: Toluca's Argentinian keeper Hernan Cristante set a new national record of 771 minutes unbeaten before conceding against Santos. His record eclipsed the old mark of 736 minutes set by Mexico's Alan Cruz during the 1993/94 season.

South African Premiership: Changes at the summit
Ajax Cape Town hit the front this weekend after a hard-fought 1-0 win at home to Orlando Pirates. Their immediate pursuers, Supersport United, are just a point behind after knocking Golden Arrows off top spot with a 2-0 away victory. Kaizer Chiefs, by contrast, missed the chance to keep the pressure on the leaders after slipping to a 2-1 defeat at Santos.

Big match: Golden Arrows went into the weekend as outfight leaders and in confident mood ahead of the visit of third-placed Supersport United. However, goals from Elias Pelembe and Anthony Laffor upset the form book and earned United three vital points.
Headline-grabber: Noteworthy this matchday were the poor returns of the teams playing at home. Of the eight games contested, there were two draws, five away wins and a solitary home triumph.

Korea Republic's Suwon Bluewings secured the K-League 2008 prize after a 2-1 second-leg win over FC Seoul on Sunday. The pair had finished the regular season level on 54 points and drew the opening leg of the play-off final 1-1. Yesterday's victory gave Suwon their first league title since 2004 and their fourth overall.

Finally to Paraguay, where Libertad underlined their dominance with a fourth  straight league crown, their tenth in total. El Gumarelo ended the title race with a 4-1 win over Sol de America, and with it claimed the country's first berth in next season's Copa Libertadores. Joining them there will be runners-up Guarani and third-placed Nacional, with traditional big guns Olimpia and Cerro Porteno both missing out.