The regular season came to an end in emphatic style with only one draw for the round as teams fought to secure their positions in the playoffs. Going into the round the top three of Universidad de Chile, O’Higgins and Iqique could not be budged from those spots although the final order wasn’t decided until the last day with both La U and the northeners scoring emphatic victories in the process.
In the opening match of the round Unión La Calera secured their spot in the playoffs with a 2-1 win over Santiago Wanderers with goals to Gastón Cellerino and Lucas Simón cancelling out Pablo Calandria’s effort for the visitors. The loss for Wanderers saw them miss out on playoff action after a promising start to the season.
Saturday saw two hat-tricks scored with Esteban Paredes grabbing one in Colo Colo’s 3-1 defeat of Audax Italiano whilst Iquique’s Rodrigo Díaz did likewise in the northerner’s 4-1 win over Unión San Felipe, a win which consigned San Felipe to the ignominy of a last placed finish. In the day’s other matches Unión Española defeated Cobreloa 2-1 and Palestino defeated La Serena 1-0.
Sunday saw Antofagasta go down 1-0 to fellow promoted side Rangers in the day’s opening match. Following that Universidad de Concepción shared the spoils with Universidad Católica in a 1-all draw and Cobresal managed to avoid last place with a 1-0 victory over second placed O’Higgins. The round and the regular season was brought to an end in emphatic style as Universidad de Chile defeated Huachipato 4-0 with Ángelo Henríquez scoring a brace in the last ten minutes.
Primera Division Campeonato de Apertura 2012, seventeenth round
U. La Calera 2-1 S. Wanderers (G. Cellerino (ULC) 4’, P. Calandria (SW) 48’, L. Simón (ULC) 53’)
Cobreloa 1-2 U. Española (C. Suárez (UE) 16’, M. Díaz (UE) 41’, F. Flores (CBA) 55’)
Palestino 1-0 La Serena (D. Chaves (PAL) 39’)
Iquique 4-1 U. San Felipe (R. Diáz (IQQ) 3’, 46′ & 61′, L. Prichoda (USF) 32’, C. Bogado (IQQ) 68’)
A. Italiano 1-3 Colo Colo (E. Paredes (CC) 12’, 35′ & 46, D. González (AI) 50’)
Antofagasta 0-1 Rangers (V. Caraglio (RAN) 9’)
U. Concepción 1-1 U. Católica (R. Ramos (UDC) 10’; S. Dittborn (UC) 67’)
Cobresal 1-0 O’Higgins (M.Á. Cuéllar (CBS) 53’)
U. de Chile 4-0 Huachipato (F. Castro (UCH) 27’, F. Gallegos (UCH) 75’, Á. Henríquez (UCH) 82’ & 91′)
Audax Italiano 1-3 Colo Colo
Universidad de Concepción 1-1 Universidad Católica
Universidad de Chile 4-0 Huachipato