There were goals galore in the Uruguayan Clausura this weekend, and there was plenty of excitement both at the top of the table as well as in the relegation battle. The big fixture of the week saw Nacional twice come from behind to beat Peñarol in the clásico, while Liverpool beat Fénix in a true 'partidazo' and Cerrito were relegated after losing to Wanderers. Defensor Sporting picked up their 11th win in 13 games and are now one game away from becoming champions for the first time since the 2010 Apertura.
Wanderers picked up a 2-1 win at Cerrito, finally consigning them to relegation. A superb free kick from Maximiliano Rodríguez gave Wanderers a sixth minute lead, but the hosts drew level shortly after the break through Marcelo Guerrero. They went down to 10 men 10 minutes later though, and Wanderers made the most of the numerical advantage when they retook the lead from Antonio Pacheco's penalty. Cerro also lost 2-1 at home to Danubio, who went in front when Hector Martínez played a good advantage to let Diego Martiñones skip past a challenge and slide a shot under Alvaro Villete. Diego Denis equalised on 56 minutes for Cerro, heading home a free kick, but a minute later Danubio were in front again through Sebastián Fernández and this time held onto their lead.
Liverpool and Fénix played out an extraordinary game that saw the hosts eventually come through 5-4 winners. Fénix were not prepared at all at the outset as Liverpool's Carlos Núñez hooked home from close range in the first minute before Diego Vera slotted home a penalty on nine minutes. However, nine minutes after that it was already 2-2 as Fénix hit back through Cecilio Waterman and Mauro Guevgeozian. Pablo Pereira re-established Liverpool's lead after half an hour, and it stayed that way until half time. Guevgeozian scored his second as he scrambled home Fénix's third after the break, though they were behind again six minutes later after Hernán Figueredo punished them from the penalty spot. Vera showed great strength to make it 5-3 10 minutes from time after latching onto a long ball from Marcelo Mansilla, before Ignacio Pallas was sent off for protesting that there was a foul in the build up. Jonathan Píriz made it 5-4 in injury time, but there was not enough time left for Fénix to grab an improbable 10th goal of the game.
Rampla Juniors' 3-0 win away to Rentistas means that they are still in with a chance of avoiding relegation. Fernando Araújo's team are four points behind Racing Club and Fénix in the relegation table with two games to play, and face the latter at home on the final day of the season. Rodrigo Canosa gave them the lead against the already-relegated Rentistas, before two beautifully chipped goals from Maximiliano Brito sealed their first win in seven. River Plate thrashed El Tanque Sisley 4-0, with all four goals coming in the second half. Sebastián Taborda headed River in front just before the hour, and doubled the lead from the penalty spot 10 minutes later. Martín Icart made it 3-0 with a long range effort that Ernesto Hernández really should have done better with, and the rout was complete seven minutes from the end when Pablo Olivera curled a shot into the corner from the edge of the box.
Bella Vista nearly opened up the title race again but conceded a late, late goal to be defeated by Defensor Sporting by the narrowest of margins. The hosts made life extremely difficult for Defensor and played an excellent game, only to be denied on 89 minutes when Nicolás Olivera turned inside and fired a low shot into Damián Frascarelli's near post to put them within touching distance of the title. Racing Club's late equaliser may prove crucial in the relegation battle as they drew 2-2 with Cerro Largo. After nine minutes, the Racing defence invited Rino Lucas on and the forward needed no second invitation, lashing a shot into the far corner from 25 yards for his ninth of the season. A fine header from Martin Crossa brought the visitors level on 17 minutes, but just after half time Nicolás Guevara gave Cerro Largo the lead again. The provincial side could not hold on though, and three minutes from time Crossa's low shot squirmed under Martín Campaña to make it 2-2.
The final game of the weekend was the clásico between Peñarol and Nacional, which saw Marcelo Gallardo's team emerge 3-2 winners after twice going behind. Rodrigo Mora gave Peñarol the lead just moments after the game started, but Richard Porta made it 12 for the campaign when he converted a 15th minute penalty to equalise. Marcelo Zalayeta restored the hosts' advantage soon after with a volley from the edge of the box, but again they could not hold onto their lead and were pegged back five minutes before half time through Facundo Píriz's close range header. The winning goal came in the 55th minute when substitute Alvaro Recoba stepped up to take a free kick from the corner of the penalty area and whipped it into the far corner to give Nacional the points.
|Week 13 Results||Week 14 Fixtures|
|Bella Vista 0-1 Defensor Sporting
|Cerrito 1-2 Wanderers
|Cerro 1-2 Danubio
||Defensor Sporting-El Tanque Sisley
|Cerro Largo 2-2 Racing Club
|Liverpool 5-4 Fénix
|Peñarol 2-3 Nacional
|Rentistas 0-3 Rampla Juniors
||Racing Club-River Plate
|River Plate 4-0 El Tanque Sisley