With three rounds remaining it is becoming increasingly clear that the battle for the 2015 Apertura season will be between Universidad Católica and Colo Colo, with the latter holding a two point lead over the former. Universidad de Concepción is a further three points back but at this stage one could argue that the gap of five points is a huge mountain to climb.
Two goals in the opening twenty minutes from Esteban Paredes were enough for Colo Colo to triumph 2-1 over O’Higgins and secure their tenth win of the season. Meanwhile their main challenger Universidad Católica made it ten goals in two games with a 5-1 defeat of San Marcos de Arica, which followed on from their 5-2 demolition of Cobresal the weekend. Roberto Gutierrez followed up last week’s hat-trick with a brace whilst it was Jeisson Vargas’ turn to score a tripleta this week.
Another match which featured a team scoring five goals was Iquique’s somewhat surprising 5-3 defeat of Universidad de Chile, which was los azules fourth consecutive loss and sees the pressure continue mount on Martin Lasarte.
Universidad de Concepción maintained its title challenge with 2-1 come from behind win over Santiago Wanderers in the final match of the round with goals from Waldo Ponce and Fernando Manriquez cancelling out Paulo Rosales’ sixth minute opener.
One of the matches of the round was the clasico de colonias between Unión Española and Audax Italiano with the former scoring three times in the last nine minutes of the match to triumph 3-2 despite finishing the match with only ten men after captain Jorge Ampuero picked up a second yellow card after Milovan Mirosevic had pulled the first goal back.
In other results, which coincidentally were all 2-0 victories, Palestino saw off the struggling Antofagasta; San Luis continued its recent resurgence with a win over Union La Calera; and Huachipato defeated Cobresal.
Primera Division Torneo Apertura 2015, Round twelve results
Antofagasta 0-2 Palestino (S. Leyton (ANT) (og) 58′, M. Riquelme (PAL) 81′)
U. Católica 5-1 SM Arica (R. Gutierrez (UC) 1′ & 69′, J. Vargas (UC) 33′, 47′ & 71′, P. Corral (SMA) 84′)
Iquique 5-3 U. Chile (L. Valencia (UCH) 10′, C. Pinares (IQQ) 33′, M. Rodriguez (UCH) 38′, I. Herrera (IQQ) 53′ & 83′, M. Davila (IQQ) 62′, P. Magalhaes (UCH) 67, C. Soza (IQQ) 82′)
U. La Calera 0-2 San Luis (C. Escobar (SL) 39′, G. Pacheco (SL) 83′)
Colo Colo 2-1 O’Higgins (E. Paredes (CC) 5′ & 19′, J.E. Zelaya (OHI) 45′)
Huachipato 2-0 Cobresal (J. I. Duma (HUA) 27′, A. Sagal (HUA) 88′)
U. Española 3-2 A. Italiano (D. Drocco (AI) 66′, D. Valdes (AI) 81′, M. Mirosevic (UE) 85′, J. Flores (UE) 91′, C. Salom (UE) 94′)
S. Wanderers 1-2 U. de Concepcion (P. Rosales (SW) 6′, W. Ponce (UDC) 26′, F. Manriquez (UDC) 81′)