Chile: Universidad Católica pip Colo Colo to the championship
Universidad Católica have taken advantage of some slip-ups by record champions Colo Colo in recent weeks to register their 10th domestic championship. Universidad only needed a draw at home to relegation threatened CD Everton whilst Colo Colo could only pray that fortune was on their side in their game against Universidad de Concepción.
Due to the devastating earthquake which affected the South American country earlier in the year Chile’s football championship was turned into a larger 34-game season, as opposed to smaller Apertura and Clausura tournaments as is the norm. For Universidad the result of their game against CD Everton was never in doubt once Fernando Meneses had given them the lead after just four minutes with Marcos Gonzalez doubling the lead to take a 2-0 lead into half-time. The second half turned into a rout with further strikes from Adan Vergara and Felipe Gutierrez as well as a second for Meneses giving Universidad a 5-0 win to win the championship in style and, thus, send their hapless opponents down to the second division in the process. Colo Colo defeated Universidad de Concepción 4-2 in their final match but the record champions finished three points behind Universidad Católica who finished the league campaign with 74 points from 34 matches.