Eight-man Emelec cling on to win interrupted derby

May 2, 2006

QUITO, May 2 (Reuters) - Emelec finished with eight men but managed to cling on and beat arch-rivals Barcelona 3-2 as they completed an Ecuadorean championship derby halted by crowd violence on Sunday.

The teams played out the remaining 39 minutes behind closed doors at the Capwell stadium in Guayaquil on Monday after one of the worst incidents of crowd violence in Ecuadorean football history.

Sunday's match at the same venue was called off early in the second half after Barcelona supporters smashed up the bathrooms and threw pieces of wash-basins and other objects on to the field.

Ecuadorean media said they also attacked radio commentary boxes, forcing journalists to flee, and then ransacked them.

Emelec were leading 3-0 when Sunday's game was stopped with two goals from Luis Miguel Escalada and one from Marco Mondaini but were also down to 10 men after Franklin Corozo was sent off.

Barcelona immediately took the initiative after Monday's re-start and reduced the arrears when David Garcia fired home a rebound in the 62nd minute.

Seven minutes later, Brazilian Rafael Ueta converted a penalty to reduce the arrears to 3-2.

There was more drama as Emelec had Jose Luis Quinonez and Jose Aguirre sent off but the Electrics still held on to win.