Universidad de Chile 2 – Union Espanola 1
After beginning the season with a disappointing tie against La Serena, La U used a third straight victory to take hold of first place in the table.
Eduardo Vargas put the home squad on top early in the 4th minute and Edson Puch continued his strong recent form with a 73rd minute strike.
Union Espanola, playing four days after its Copa Libertadores 2011 debut, did not score until Braulio Leal converted a penalty in the 93rd minute.
Union San Felipe 2 – Colo Colo 0
Colo Colo continued its recent disastrous form with an uninspired performance at Union San Felipe. Matias Urbano converted an early penalty and Miguel Angel Gonzalez streaked the lead to 2-0 in the 49th minute.
El Cacique, Chile’s largest club, lost to Paraguay’s Cerro Porteno 5-2 in Asuncion on Thursday. After their 1-5 loss to Universidad de Concepcion last weekend, Diego Cagna resigned as coach.
Colo Colo club officials have reportedly reached an agreement with Americo Gallego to take over for Cagna. Gallego most recently managed Independiente.
Colo Colo began the campaign hoping to win their 30th domestic title. Now, after capturing just one point out of twelve possible, they find themselves at the bottom of the table.
Universidad Catolica 2 – Huachipato 1
Huachipato found out what much of the Primera Divisionhas learned: it is very difficult to beat La Catolica at San Carlos de Apoquindo.
Los Cruzados bounced back from last weekend’s loss at Union La Calera to give a solid performance, with goals from Pablo Calandria and Roberto Gutierrez.
Huachipato had tied the match 1-1 before the half thanks to a goal from Paolo Frangipane. Gutierrez’s 65th minute goal put La Catolica in second place in the league table.
Universidad de Concepcion 0 – Cobreloa 1
Nelson Acosta’s squad got an important road win after young striker Jean Paul Pineda’s 23rd minute goal. Just a week after dominating Colo Colo with five goals in Estadio Monumental, La U de Conce was held scoreless at home.
After an encouraging opening match victory against Union Espanola, Cobreloa had lost their previous two matches. The win puts Nelson Acosta’s squad back on track.
Audax Italiano 3 – La Serena 2
Audax won their second in a row while La Serena suffered their first loss following three ties to start the season.
Audax’s Cristian Canio and Mathias Campos Toro gave Los Italianos a 2-0 half time lead. Los Papayeros cut the lead to one goal following a 46th minute strike from Mauricio Salazar but Canoi would quickly answer with his second goal in the 48th minute. Salazar added another goal in the 65th but it was not enough to get La Serna’s first win of the campaign.
The match was played in La Portada while Audax’s typical home stadium La Florida is being renovated.
Cobresal 3 – Union La Calera 1
Cobresal put a hold on Union La Calera’s quick post-promotion start, and both clubs find now themselves tied for third place in the league table.
Joel Soto’s hat trick was enough to secure the three points in the altitude of the northern mining country. Soto, a former Santiago Wanderers star, is in his first season with El Cuadro Minero.
Deportes Iquique 1 – Santiago Morning 3
Lucas Ojeda gave the home club a 1-0 lead after the first 45 minutes, but a second half hat trick from Santiago Morning’s Ever Cantero ended Iquique’s hopes of securing their first win of the Apertura.
Nublense 2 – O’Higgins 3
O’Higgins continued its relatively strong start to the year with an away victory at Nublense. Chillan is a notoriously difficult place to play, but goals from Guillermo Suarez, Enzo Gutierrez and Boris Sagredo were enough to lift the Rancagua-based club to capture the three points.
Santiago Wanderers 1 – Palestino 1
Palestino secured a difficult one point in Estadio Playa Ancha in Valparaiso after taking a 1-0 lead due to a 24th minute goal from Nicolas Canales. Los Wanderers tied the match in the 64th minute thanks to a well-placed header from Carlos Munoz, one of Primera A’s most promising young goal scorers.