It was action packed conclusion to the Clausura season, a conclusion which saw Colo Colo secure top spot just ahead of arch rivals Universidad de Chile on goal difference. Meanwhile two goals in the last four minutes saw Unión Española secure a playoff spot and knocked Universidad Católica out in the process. At the other end of the table Unión San Felipe joined La Serena in the Primera B whilst Universidad Concepción and Cobresal will feature in the promotion playoffs.
The extended conclusion to the regular season of the Clausura began shortly after midday on Saturday as Universidad de Chile paid a visit to Huachipato. With both teams having already qualified for the playoffs it was only a matter of where they would finish on the table. And it was Universidad de Chile who grabbed all three points with a convincing 3-0 victory with goals from Juan Ignacio Duma and Sebastián Ubilla and an own goal from Claudio Muñoz.
In the day’s next match Colo Colo confirmed their position at the top of the pile as they thrashed Audax Italiano 5-1. A brace to Felipe Flores and goals to Mauro Olivi, José Pedro Fuenzalida and Carlos Muñoz did the damage for the home side whilst Sebastian Sáez grabbed a late consolation goal. The loss put Audax’s chances of post-season action at risk and they had to wait until the last matches of the round to confirm their place. Unfortunately for them they will again face los albos in the first round of the playoffs.
The day’s last match saw La Serena play their last match in the Primera Division for at least a year as they hosted playoff bound Palestino and an eighty third minute goal Diego Guidi goal ensured La Serena shared the points.
Sunday saw two matches with Universidad Católica hosting Universidad de Concepción and Unión Española taking on Cobreloa. Universidad Católica, Unión Española and Cobreloa all had to win to have any chance of securing a playoff spot whilst Universidad de Concepción was looking to avoid automatic relegation. Los cruzados had the advantage as they played the day’s first game but unfortunately for them they could only manage a 2-all draw with their opponents with braces to Gabriel Vargas for the visitors and Nicolas Castillo for the home side. The result mean that Católica had to rely on those around them losing to ensure post season action.
However they only had to wait until later in the day to be put out of their misery as two goals in the last four minutes to Unión Española triumph 2-1 over Cobreloa with Patricio Rubio and Rodrigo Gattas being the heroes. The win ensured los hispanos playoff action at the expense of one of its fiercest rivals.
With Universiad de Chile and Universidad de Concepción having to make up a postponed match saw the last remaining matches for the round take place simultaneously on Wednesday with Antofagasta, Unión San Felipe, Santiago Wanderers, Cobresal and the aforementioned Universidad de Concepción all in danger of either relegated or being dragged into a promotion playoff.
Antofagasta avoided the promotion playoffs as a 2-all draw with Rangers saw them end up one point clear of danger and sees them remain in the Primera Division. All the goals game in the first half and the result meant that Rangers would finish the season in fifth place and can look forward to a clash with Iquique in the first round of the playoffs. Iquique for their part moved into fourth place with a 2-1 win over Unión San Felipe, a result which ensured that the team from Valparaíso would be joining La Serena in Primera B next year.
Cobresal will have to walk the tightrope that is the promotion playoff as their 2-1 defeat of O’Higgins was enough for them to escape automatic relegation but not enough to escape the playoff. Joining them will be Universidad de Concepción who were clearly outclassed in the 3-1 defeat at the hands of Universidad de Chile in 3-1 defeat. The result which saw Juan Ignacio Duma score for the second successive meant that La U finished second on the table only behind arch rivals Colo Colo on goal difference. Meanwhile Santiago Wanderers will remain in the Primera Division as they defeated Unión La Calera 2-0 courtesy of goals to Mauricio Prieto and Luis Salmerón.
Primera Division Campeonato de Clausura 2012, Round seventeen fixtures