La U increase lead at top of the table

Universidad de Chile increased their lead to three points at the table after eight rounds after they won their fourth consecutive game, with O’Higgins sitting in second place after their defeat of Iquique whilst Universidad Católica dropped to fourth behind Huachipato after a loss to Unión La Calera.

Santiago Wanderers snapped their recent run of three matches without a win as they defeated local rivals Unión San Felipe 1-0 in the opening match of round eight with Sebastián Méndez’s late winner proving to be the difference.

Saturday saw a big day of action with six matches taking place with La Serena and Universidad de Concepción kicking off the day’s proceedings with los granates building on their last start win over Colo Colo with a 1-0 victory over their rivals. After going down to Universidad Católica last week, O’Higgins bounced back with a 2-1 win over Iquique, a win which saw them move into second place on the table behind Universidad de Chile. La U for their part came back from two goals down to defeat Unión Española 3-2, in the round’s most entertaining match with goals to Gustavo Lorenzetti, Charles Aránguiz and Raúl Ruidíaz cancelling out Gonzalo Barriga’s earlier brace.

Palestino got their second win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Cobresal, continuing their run without a win for the season. Meanwhile Colo Colo got back on the winner’s list with a 2-0 win away to Cobreloa with Carlos Muñoz and Mathías Vidangossy getting on the score sheet for los albos. In the day’s other match, Huachipato continued their recent run of good form with 2-0 win over Antofagasta.

Sunday saw Universidad Católica continued their up and down form of late as their went down 1-0 to Unión La Calera with Ariel Cólzera getting the winner in the 51st minute before being sent off eighteen minutes later. The round drew to its conclusion with Audax Italiano bouncing back from their last start hammering at the hands of Universidad de Chile by defeating Rangers 3-0.

Primera Division Campeonato de Apertura 2012, eighth round

S. Wanderers 1-0 U. San Felipe (S. Méndez (SW) 91’)
La Serena 1-0 U. Concepción (M. Salazar (LS) 78’)
Iquique 1-2 O’Higgins (E. Gutiérrez (OHI) 49’, B. Rieloff (IQQ) 78’, R. Blanco (OHI) 81’)
Palestino 2-1 Cobresal  (E. Jorquera (PAL) 53’, G.M. de Porras (CBS) 61’, N. Canales (PAL) 89’)
Cobreloa 0-2 Colo Colo (C. Muñoz (CC) 70’, M. Vidangossy (CC) 88’)
U. de Chile 3-2 U. Española (G. Barriga (UE) 17’ & 36′, G. Lorenzetti (UCH) 39’, C. Aránguiz (UCH) 56’, R. Ruidíaz (UCH) 84’)
Huachipato 2-0 Antofagasta (M. Villalobos (HU) 57’, C. Cortés (HU) 63’)
U. La Calera 1-0 U. Católica (A. Cólzera (ULC) 51’)
Audax Italiano 3-0 Rangers (G. Rodríguez (AI) 30’ & 87′, B. Carrasco (AI) 84’)

Cobreloa 0-2 Colo Colo

Universidad de Chile 3-2 Unión Española

Huachipato 2-0 Antofagasta

Unión La Calera 1-0 Universidad Católica

Photo taken from terra.cl
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