The U piled further pain on their crisis-hit rivals as they ran out 5-0 winners in Santiago, while Defensor Sporting go top in Uruguay and Cerro Porteno close in on rivals Olimpia
A clasico fixture at the weekend ended in crushing victory for Universidad de Chile, as the Copa Sudamericana champions humiliated Colo Colo to stay at the top of the pile. The U dominated throughout the 90 minutes, and two goals from Matias Rodriguez as well as strikes from Angelo Henriquez, Marcelo Diaz and Igor Lichnovsky led the home team to a 5-0 win, that leaves Colo Colo in grave danger of missing out on the play-offs.
The Cacique trail eight-placed Audax Italiano by two points, after Carlos Ross' late equaliser earned the side a 1-1 draw away to Union La Calera. There was frustration for Universidad Catolica, meanwhile. Early goals from Cristian Alvarez and Nicolas Trecco had given the Cruzado an early lead over Huachipato, but the Santiago giants were pegged back and had to settle for a 2-2 draw that drops them to fifth.
Another confident performance from Deportes Tolima leaves the Ibague team in a strong position in the Apertura, as Cucuta were dispatched 3-0 by the Vinotinto. Jimmy Chara, Robin Ramirez and Danovis Banguero were all on target for the leaders, who remain four points clear of Atletico Huila. Huila meanwhile were impressive in Medellin, coming from behind to inflict yet another defeat on Copa Libertadores hopefuls Atletico Nacional in a 2-1 away triumph.
Elsewhere, a gripping match in Manizales ended with Once Caldas and Santa Fe sharing the spoils. Diego Cabrera opened the scoring and netted a late equaliser for the away team, after an own goal from Julian Quinonez and Dayro Moreno had put Caldas 2-1 ahead in front of their own fans. Quinonez and the hosts' Luis Murillo also saw red, as a 2-2 draw moved Santa Fe up to third place in the Apertura.
LDU Quito's hopes of staying at the Primera Fase summit were frustrated in the capital, as the Blancos were held to a 2-2 home draw by Barcelona. Quito twice led in the Casa Blanca through Jose Cevallos and Diego Calderon, but were pegged back and had to settle for a point which leaves them two behind Independiente Jose Teran. The surprise leaders took an early advantage in Guayaquil away to Emelec, but Marlon Pavon's equaliser earned the hosts a 1-1 draw.
Cerro Porteno are now within two points of league leaders and bitter Asuncion rivals Olimpia, after taking full advantage of the pace-setters' slip to cut the deficit at the summit. The Ciclon downed their namesakes Cerro Porteno de Franco 2-1 away from home, as goals from Guillermo Beltran and Walter Lopez both hit the net in the first half. Olimpia, meanwhile, slumped to a 3-0 defeat away to Independiente CG, with Enrique Meza's red card late in the second half adding insult to injury for Gerardo Pelusso's men.
Unbeaten Defensor Sporting are the new leaders in the Uruguayan Clausura, as the Violeta picked up their seventh win in nine over Wanderers. Defensor trailed early, but turned around proceedings with goals from Gaston Puerari and Andres Olivera to record a 2-1 victory. They move two points clear of previous leaders Liverpool, who could only tie 0-0 with Danubio on Saturday.
Liverpool hence share second spot with Nacional, who appear rejuvenated after crashing out of the Libertadores. The reigning champions left it late to down El Tanque Sisley, Federico Velazquez's own goal in the final minute the difference between the teams in a tight match. Rivals Penarol are also hoping to make a late surge on the summit. The Manya moved up to sixth thanks to a 3-1 reverse of Cerro, but could leapfrog both Nacional and Liverpool with maximum points in their two games in hand.