The top three sides in the Uruguay Primera Division all won on the weekend to keep their push for the title going strong.
Leaders Defensor Sporting retained their three-point gap on top courtesy of a 1-0 victory over 10-man Cerro Largo on the road.
Defensor went ahead on 27 minutes via defender Mario Risso, and they held on to win by that margin – with Cerro Largo’s Dario Flores earning a second yellow card with 17 minutes to play.
Penarol and River Plater stay second and third respectively, after both scored five goals against their respective opponents.
Marcelo Zalayeta scored four of Penarol’s goals in a 5-1 win on the road at Juventud de Las Piedras, while Felipe Avenatti netted a brace for River Plate in their 5-0 home triumph over lowly Central Espanol.
Nacional climbed into fourth spot courtesy of a 3-2 away win at Progreso, while Danubio – level on points with Nacional – slipped up at Fenix to draw 1-1 and drop into fifth.
Mid-table El Tanque Sisley were held to a third straight draw by Wanderers in a 0-0 result, while Racing were kept to a scoreless stalemate at home to 10-man Liverpool.
Liverpool’s Martin Bonjour was sent off with 10 minutes to play, but his side held on for a point that leaves them in 11th spot.
Outside of the top four, the only other winner was the league’s cellar-dwellers Bella Vista, who edged Cerro 1-0.
The victory – sealed by a 90th-minute penalty from Federico Laens – took Bella Vista to within two points of second-bottom Central Espanol.
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