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 By Chris Wright

Nacional teammate has Alvaro Recoba's face tattooed on arm

Nacional took all the spoils in the Uruguayan clasico against bitter rivals Penarol a weekend or two ago thanks in the main to a spectacular 30-yard freekick from their veteran playmaker Alvaro Recoba.

Having come on for the final 20 minutes, Recoba sealed a dramatic 2-1 win for Nacional in the fifth minute of injury time when the 38-year-old club legend curled in a trademark set-piece to snaffle the victory for his side with what transpired to be the last meaningful kick of the game.

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 By Tim Vickery

Next game between historic rivals Nacional and Penarol has title weight

The chance for Nacional to win the title on Sunday adds extra spice to their fiery rivalry with Penarol.

Battle resumes on Sunday in the oldest derby outside the British Isles. Since June 1900 the big two clubs in Montevideo, Uruguay, Nacional and Penarol, have been fighting out a bitter rivalry.

At the start, though, Penarol went by another name: Central Uruguay Railway Cricket Club, which rather gives away the English origins of the institution. Soon, though, the identity of the club was transformed; as Penarol they attracted a following among poor Italian immigrants flooding into Uruguay, people...