Flu crowned as Boca, Chivas impress
Boca Juniors extended their remarkable unbeaten run in Argentina as Guadalajara claimed a long-overdue first win of the campaign in Mexico, while superb performances from Neymar and Fluminense grabbed the biggest headlines in Brazil. Join FIFA.com as we review these stories and more from the top leagues across the Americas.
Argentinian Clausura: Deja vu for Boca
Boca Juniors continued their impressive start to the Clausura by beating Newell’s Old Boys 2-0, with Juan Roman Riquelme ending a goal drought that dated all the way back to August. The result took Julio Falcioni's side on to 34 games unbeaten, and left them on seven points with no goals conceded after three rounds - exactly how they started their title-winning Apertura 2011 campaign.
Things are tight at the top of the table, with Velez Sarsfield, Tigre and All Boys all joining Boca on seven points. Velez survived a second-half fightback to defeat Arsenal Sarandi 3-2, while All Boys and Tigre claimed respective wins over Atletico Rafaela and Godoy Cruz but nevertheless remain in the relegation picture. Finally, San Lorenzo, who are also fighting to maintain their top-tier status, claimed their first win of the campaign by defeating Argentinos Juniors 1-0.
Brazilian State Championships: Flu lift trophy, Neymar dazzles
Fred was the principal hero as Fluminense overcame Vasco to win the Taca Guanabara for the first time since 1993. The former Lyon striker scored twice, while Deco bagged a long-range screamer in a 3-1 win over Vasco da Gama in the final, booking O Tricolor a place in the overall Campeonato Carioca decider against the Taca Rio champions (if Fluminense win that too, they will be crowned champions without the need for a final).
In the Campeonato Paulista, Palmeiras and Sao Paulo engaged in a thrilling 3-3 draw, while 2011 FIFA Puskas Award recipient Neymar scored twice and assisted two others in Santos's 6-1 victory over Ponte Preta. Former Brazil international Adriano also had a match to remember for Corinthians, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 defeat of Botafogo to keep his side top of the table. Over in the Campeonato Mineiro, Argentinian midfielder Walter Montillo hit both goals as Cruzeiro won 2-0 at Democrata for their third consecutive victory.
Mexican Clausura: Chivas find lucky charm in Cruyff
Guadalajara ended their poor start by claiming an overdue first win over early pacesetters Santos Laguna. The success coincided with the arrival of new club advisor and Dutch legend Johan Cruyff. In seven matches, Chivas had managed to score only two goals, but Marco Fabian and Erick Torres made sure to double that haul as they won 2-1.
At the other end of the table, Morelia are two points clear at the summit after a 2-0 victory over Cruz Azul, but Club America are nipping at their heels after an emphatic 4-0 thrashing of ten-man Atlante. Monterrey, meanwhile, are still among the leading pack in third following a 2-1 win over Puebla. Finally, Tigres needed a last-minute equaliser from Elias Hernandez to rescue a 1-1 draw with Pachuca.
Uruguayan Clausura: Liverpool go top as Cerro stutter
Liverpool leapfrogged Cerro into pole position thanks to a 3-1 win at River Plate. Elias Figueroa put the visitors in command with a brace, before Diego Vera made sure of the points after Sebastian Taborda had replied for the hosts.
A day of draws on Sunday helped send Liverpool top, with Cerro finishing goalless against Rampla Juniors and defending champions Nacional rescuing a 2-2 draw at Defensor Sporting through a 90th-minute Alexis Rolin goal.
In Chile, leaders Cobreloa and O’Higgins eased to 3-0 victories over Universidad de Concepcion and Universidad de Chile respectively, while a 3-1 defeat at La Serena saw Santiago Wandderers slip down to fourth.
Finally, in a top-of-the-table showdown, Nacional took the early spoils as they defeated Sol de America 2-1 in Paraguay. The two sides are joined on nine points by third-placed Cerro Porteno, who ran out comfortable 4-1 winners over Independiente.