Short Soccer, February 24, 2013

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 February, 2013, 3:42am


Sao Paulo get title two months after fiasco

Sao Paulo have been confirmed as South American Cup winners two months after the final against Argentine rivals Tigre had to be abandoned following allegations of violence. The Brazilian side were officially declared winners after an investigation into the December 12 final by the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol). Tigre had refused to take to the pitch for the second half with Sao Paulo leading 2-0 after claims Brazilian police had barged into their dressing room. Chilean referee Enrique Osses awarded the match to Sao Paulo, and Conbmebol confirmed the result. Tigre had argued the referee should have suspended the match owing to a "lack of guarantees" for the visitors' security. AFP


Drug trafficker to continue career in Chile

Russian Maksim Molokoedov, who was convicted of drug trafficking in Chile, will stay in the South American country to play second division soccer after finishing his three-year prison term on Friday. The 25-year-old Molokoedov will play for Santiago Morning where he had trained since last season under a special permit. Molokoedov, who played for Pskov-747 in the Russian second division, was jailed after being caught by Chilean border guards carrying six kilos of cocaine. Frank Lobos, a former midfielder with Chilean team Colo Colo, discovered Molokoedov while training the prison soccer team. Reuters


Nice close in on European berth

Nice moved closer to a Champions League spot when they closed the gap with third-placed Olympique Marseille to a point by beating promoted Stade Reims 2-0 at home in French Ligue 1 action. Valentin Eysseric put the hosts in front from the penalty spot in the 11th minute and centre back Renato Civelli headed his fourth of the season with five minutes to go as Nice moved to 45 points from 26 games. The southern club, 13th in the table last season with 42 points, are hot on the heels of Marseille, who occupy the last Champions League qualifying spot and visit leaders Paris Saint-Germain today. "We have been in fourth or fifth place for a little while now so it gives us the will to stay there," Nice forward Eric Bautheac told French channel beIN Sport. Reuters