We are now down to only to four teams after the second legs of the quarter final ties were played over the weekend with the biggest shocks coming in the Estadio Municipal de La Cisterna and the Estadio Santa Laura as both Palestino and Unión Española crashed out of the title race on home turf.
After grabbing a late equaliser in the first leg, Palestino were left needing only a draw or a win to progress to the semi-finals. However, they didn’t count on O’Higgins rediscovering some of their early season form and putting three goals past the home side to take the tie 4-1 on aggregate. The goals that put O’Higgins into their first ever playoff semi-final came via Guillermo Suárez, Juan Luis González and Enzo Gutiérrez.
Unión Española were left ruing missed opportunities after drawing 0-0 against Unión La Calera on home turf and losing 1-0 on aggregate. The recently free scoring los hispanos needed a win to advance to the semi-finals and had the perfect opportunity when Jorge Ampuero brought down Leandro Monje for a penalty in the 24th minute. However, the normally reliable Braulio Leal missed the resulting spot kick. Compounding matters was the sending off of leading scorer and striker Sebastián Jaime in the 70th minute. Like O’Higgins, it’s Unión La Calera’s first visit to the playoff semi-finals.
The were no other suprises in the other two quarter final matches as Universidad de Chile were held to a 1-1 draw by Unión San Felipe but advanced 3-2 on aggregate whilst Colo Colo and Universidad Católica also played out a 1-1 draw with los cruzados advancing 5-3.
Primera División Campeonato de Apertura 2011, quarter finals (second leg)
Palestino 0-3 O’Higgins (G. Suárez (OH) 45′, J.L. González (OH) 63′, E. Gutiérrez (OH) 76′. O’Higgins advance 4-1 on agg.)
U. de Chile 1-1 U. San Felipe (E. Vargas (UdC) 6′, N. Trecco (USF) 65′. U. de Chile advance 3-2 on agg.)
U. Católica 1-1 Colo Colo (D. Rubio (CC) 72’, F. Silva (UC) 78′. U. Católica advance 5-3 on agg.)
U. Española 0-0 U. La Calera (U. La Calera advance 1-0 on agg.)