The Violeta crushed El Tanque Sisley to wrap up the championship with a game to spare, and a two-game shootout against the Apertura winners awaits
Universidad de Chile are still in the running for a remarkable Apertura/ Libertadores double, after strolling to victory in the first leg of their quarter-final clash. Three days after an agonising penalties triumph over Libertad in the Copa, Jorge Sampaoli's men ran out winners over Cobreloa thanks to goals from Charles Aranguiz and Matias Rodriguez to take a 2-0 advantage.
Elsewhere, a brilliant hat-trick from Enzo Gutierrez led O'Higgins to the semis as they downed Union La Calera 4-2 on aggregate. Universidad Catolica self-destructed in front of their own fans, being reduced to eight men and losing 1-0 to Union Espanola to confirm a 4-1 defeat over the two legs; while Colo Colo had to work hard to beat Municipal Iquique 2-1 and squeeze past 5-4 on aggregate.
The giants of Colombian football endured a torrid weekend, as some of the nation's biggest names were dumped out of the Apertura running having failed to make the top eight play-offs. Atletico Nacional were one of the highest profile casualties, as a 1-1 draw away to Real Cartagena confirmed that the Medellin side would be ending their Postobon campaign early.
Junior, Independiente Medellin, Millonarios and Once Caldas all finished outside of the play-off positions, but there was at least good news for another of Colombia's football giants. Deportivo Cali sneaked into eighth place on the last day of the season ahead of Patriotas FC by virtue of a better goal difference, having secured a crucial 3-0 victory over La Equidad thanks to goals from Cristian Nazarith, Alvaro Dominguez and Jefferson Murillo.
The eight qualifiers are (from first place): Deportes Tolima, Santa Fe, Itagui, Atletico Huila, La Equidad, Pasto, Chico FC, Deportivo Cali.
A brilliant 3-0 over El Tanque Sisley confirmed Defensor Sporting as the Clausura 2012 champions with a game to spare, handing the Violeta a chance to fight for the overall title against Apertura winners Nacional. The Montevideo side took the lead early through Federico Pintos, and further strikes from Nicolas Olivera and Diego Ferreira confirmed a comfortable victory.
Liverpool lie four points behind the leaders with only one game left, despite cruising to a 3-1 win over Cerrito. Nacional also lie four points adrift, but took victory at the weekend thanks to goals from Alexis Rolin and Marcos Aguirre which sealed a 2-0 win over Wanderers. The Bolso will meet Defensor in the final having won the first half of the season; and if they lose, Marcelo Gallardo's men will have another chance to defeat the Violeta as the team with most points over the course of 2011-12.