Ivo Basay's sacking appeared to lift Colo Colo's spirits as they fought to a 1-1 clasico draw with Universidad Catolica, although the Santiago giants continue outside the top eight play-off places for the Apertura. The Cacique took the lead 15 minutes in thanks to Rodrigo Millar's goal, but were pegged back by an equaliser from Michael Rios just before half time and had to settle for the point in the Estadio Monumental.
Elsewhere, Universidad de Chile continued their imperious form both in at home and in the Copa Libertadores. 2011's double champions maintained a six-point lead at the top with a narrow away victory against Union La Calera. Junior Fernandes' ninth goal of the season in all competitions was enough to take Jorge Sampaoli's men to a 1-0 victory.
A narrow victory for Santa Fe lifted the Bogota giants up to second place in the Liga Postobon, as they showed just enough to take down La Equidad away from home. Omar Perez's goal 15 minutes from the end secured a 1-0 win for the Expresso Rojo, who now lie two points behind leaders Deportes Tolima thanks to their draw with capital rivals Millonarios.
There was also finally good news domestically for Libertadores pace-setters Atletico Nacional. The Medellin side cut short a run of seven league matches without a win thanks to Dorlan Pabon's penalty (right), and won 1-0 at home to Patriotas to move up to 12th in the Apertura. Junior were also on form, as goals from Giovanni Hernandez, Luis Ruiz and Harold Macias secured a 3-1 triumph away to Atletico Huila and sent the Tiburones into the play-off positions in eight place.
Deportivo Quito took full advantage of the coaching malaise surrounding Barcelona, as they cruised to a 3-0 victory. The Guayaquil team were hit midweek by Luis Zubeldia's resignation, and without the now-Racing Club coach fell to goals from Luis Escalada, Eder Vaca and Waldemar Acosta.
Elsewhere Independiente Teran's fairytale stint at the top of the Primera Fase continues, as a 2-0 victory over Tec. Universitario maintains a two point lead over Liga de Quito. The Blancos stay in close pursuit, however, thanks to a 3-0 defeat of Macara aided by Claudio Bieler's 11th goal in as many games.
A seven-point cushion at the top was Olimpia's reward for winning Paraguay's Superclasico, as they recorded a close victory over arch-rivals Cerro Porteno. In a game played in Ciudad del Este thanks to a rescheduling necessary because of Paul McCartney's upcoming Asuncion concert, the Decano grabbed a 1-0 win when Sebastian Ariosa struck in the first half, further extending their lead over Cerro who remain in second place.
Liverpool's Clausura dream looks stronger with every week, as the Montevideo club recorded a seventh victory in eight to stay four points clear at the top. A Rodrigo Canosa own goal was followed by Diego Vera's strike to give the Negriazul a 2-0 victory away to Rampla Juniors. Defensor Sporting remain in second, and a 5-1 demolition of Racing kept the Violeta in contention with a game in hand over the leaders.
Elsewhere, Nacional bounced back from a disappointing end to their Libertadores dream with an emphatic victory in Parque Central. Having gone down to Vasco midweek with their hopes of making the last-16 already extinguished, a Richard Porta hat-trick helped Marcelo Gallardo's men to a 6-1 home win over Cerrito. The Tricolor move up to third, albeit five points behind the leaders after eight matches.