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Chile's Copa Libertadores controversy an example of fixture chaos

Steve Nicol thinks domestic leagues finishing out their seasons is the only fair way to decide titles.

With so many football championships around the globe now halted indefinitely because of the outbreak of the coronavirus, there is a question left hanging: What to do with the rest of the season?

Given that the pause may last for several months, it is not clear how all the remaining fixtures could be accommodated -- which is what happened to last year's Chilean Championship.

The motive for the hold up in Chile had nothing to do with pandemics, and everything to do with a wave a social unrest that...

Fans arrested during Corinthians-Universidad de Chile match

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Fans of Universidad de Chile clashed with police during Thursday's match in Sao Paulo.

SAO PAULO -- Twenty-six football fans, mostly Chileans, were arrested at Arena Corinthians, Brazilian police said on Thursday.

At least seven people were injured and four people were taken to hospitals on Wednesday as fans damaged seats and charged at police during the Copa Sudamericana playoff between Corinthians and Universidad de Chile. Corinthians won 2-0.

According to police, five leaders of a Universidad...

Hamburg reveal Universidad de Chile want midfielder Marcelo Diaz

Marcelo Diaz has emerged as Chile's midfield maestro.
Marcelo Diaz has become frustrated with life on the Hamburg bench.

Bundesliga club Hamburg have confirmed that they have been contacted by Universidad de Chile over a possible move for midfielder Marcelo Diaz.

Diaz, 28, rescued Hamburg in the relegation playoffs last season when his last-minute goal secured extra time at Karlsruher and they went on to seal Bundesliga survival.

But this season the Chile international, who used to play for Universidad, has made only four starts and mostly been used as a late substitute.

Last weekend, Diaz voiced his frustration at...

Osvaldo scores in Boca Juniors debut; Morelo hat trick fuels Santa Fe

Southampton loanee Dani Osvaldo scored the winner in his Boca debut on Thursday night.

Argentinian giants Boca Juniors made it two wins from as many games in Group 5 of the Copa Libertadores after edging to a 2-1 victory over Montevideo Wanderers.

Boca began their group campaign with victory over Palestino and took the lead just after the half hour against their Uruguayan visitors when Juan Komar, who replaced Guillermo Burdisso in the 16th minute, headed home from Nicolas Lodeiro's free-kick.

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Diogo Riolfo levelled matters almost immediately afterwards but on-loan Southampton striker...

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Colo Colo's Santiago derby win forces Chilean league down to the wire

Jean Beausejour, right, played in England for four years and is now starring for Colo Colo.

There was a glut of South American goals in the Premier League this weekend -- including strikes from the Chilean pair, Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas. Meanwhile, one of their compatriots, a Premier League old boy, scored a vital goal back in their homeland.

Jean Beausejour spent four years in England, between 2010 and 14, split between Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic. With all due respect to these clubs, they are hardly giants of their domestic championship -- in stark contrast to his current...