Whilst much focus was on the superclásico which didn’t disappoint in terms of drama and excitement Rangers de Talca maintained the position at the top of the table and Iquique guaranteed themselves continental action next year with important wins.
In the round’s opening match Unión Española’s chances of making the playoffs took a hit as a 2-1 loss at the hands of Universidad de Concepción. It was their sixth match without a win and the result sees them five points from a playoff spot. As for their opponents the win sees them move out of the relegation spot on the annual table.
Three other matches took place on Saturday with Iquique moving into second place on the table after they defeated Palestino 2-1 with an 87th minute goal to Víctor Hugo Saravia proving to be the difference between the two teams. The result means the northerners have guaranteed themselves a position in next year’s Copa Libertadores.
In the day’s next match Universidad Catolica went down 2-0 at home to Huachipato with goals to Braian Rodríguez and César Cortés meaning los cruzados are currently in the last playoff position. The win for Huachipato sees them move into sixth position on the table. The day’s fixtures came to an end in Rancagua with O’Higgins and Santiago Wanderers sharing the spoils in a 1-all draw.
Sunday’s action kicked off with to 12pm fixtures with Antofagasta moving to one point of a playoff position as they came from a goal down to defeat La Serena 2-1 with Daniel Arismendi scoring a double. The other match saw Rangers maintain their position at the top of the table with a 2-0 defeat against a Cobresal side who finished the match with nine men. The goals for Rangers came courtesy of Damián Ledesma and Mauricio Gómez.
The focus of the round was very much on the superclásico between Universidad de Chile and Colo Colo and it certainly didn’t disappoint in terms of drama. The match finished 1-0 to Colo Colo who made it ten games unbeaten courtesy of a 77th minute goal to Carlos Muñoz proving to be the difference. The match saw three red cards, one to Eugenio Mena in the 33rd minute, one to goalscorer Muñoz in the 88th minute and one to Colo Colo goalkeeper Francisco Prieto after the match had completed as he took it upon himself to incite the La U fans.
Played at the same time as the superclásico was the clash between Cobreloa and Unión San Felipe which saw los mineros run out 2-1 winners and ensure that San Felipe are still on the bottom of the relegation table. The day’s action came to an end in the nation’s capital as Audax Italiano defeated Unión La Calera 2-1, a result which saw los italianos maintain hope of making the playoffs.
Primera Division Campeonato de Clausura 2012, Round fourteen fixtures