Cobreloa and O’Higgins top after five rounds

Cobreloa and O’Higgins share the lead at the top of the table after five rounds separated only by goal difference after both teams picked up wins on the weekend. Of the two O’Higgins’ win over Universidad de Chile was more impressive whilst La U’s fierce rivals Colo Colo crashed to 2-1 defeat at the hands of Universidad de Concepción. Santiago Wanderers dropped from first to third after falling to La Serena and Unión Española and Universidad Católica shared the points in the round’s last match.

Audax Italiano’s horror start to their 2012 Apertura campaign continued as they went down 2-1 to Palestino in the clásico de colonias. Goals to Palestino’s Diego Chaves and Robert Flores consigned los italianos to the foot of the table without a win five rounds into the season.

Saturday saw both Universidad de Chile and Colo Colo suffer losses to O’Higgins and Universidad de Concepción respectively. O’Higgins 3-0 win over the Clausura champions courtesy of goals to Enzo Gutiérrez, Guillermo Suárez and Ramón Fernández saw them move to second on the table behind Cobreloa on goal difference. Universidad de Concepción for their part defeated los albos 2-1, which was their first win of the current campaign. The aforementioned Cobreloa went top of the table with a game in hand after five rounds after they comfortable beat Rangers 3-0 in the first match of the day. In the day’s other matches Santiago Wanderers time at the top of the table came to an end at the hands of La Serena whilst Iquique picked up their second win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Huachipato.

Sunday saw Antofagasta and Unión San Felipe share the spoils in a 0-0 draw whilst Unión La Calera picked up their first win of the season with a 4-1 victory over the now winless Cobresal. The round’s last match saw a pulsating encounter between Unión Española and Universidad Católica which ended 2-2 with Emanuel Herrera’s last minute equaliser bringing Unión Española’s two match losing streak to an end.

Primera Division Campeonato de Apertura 2012, fifth round

A. Italiano 1-2 Palestino (D. Chaves (PAL) 48’, R. Flores (PAL) 55’, D. González (AI) 63’)
Rangers 0-3 Cobreloa (F. Flores (CBA) 45’ & 90′, C. Milla (CBA) 76’)
Iquique 1-0 Huachipato (Á.Ramos (IQQ) 23’)
O’Higgins 3-0 U. de Chile (E. Gutiérrez (OHI) 35’, G. Suárez (OHI) 48’, R. Fernández (OHI) 58’)
Colo Colo 1-2 U. Concepción (P. Muñoz (UDC) 22’ & 52’, M. Olivi (CC) 67’)
La Serena 3-1 S. Wanderers (M. Salazar (LS) 20’ & 48′, S. Ubilla (SW) 36’, M. Jadue (LS) 76’)
Antofagasta 0-0 U. San Felipe
Cobresal 1-4 U. La Calera (G. Cellerino (ULC) 42’ & 48′, M.Á. Cuellar (CBS) 45’+1, L. Simón (ULC) 69’, L.I. Quinteros (ULC) 83’)
U. Española 2-2 U. Católica (F. Gutiérrez (UC) 18’, E. Herrera (UE) 29’ & 90′, M. Campos Toro (UC) 42’)

Rangers 0-3 Cobreloa

Cobresal 1-4 Unión La Calera

Unión Española 2-2 Universidad Católica

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