The Vinotinto came back from behind to defeat Junior and remain at the summit, while Universidad de Chile's reserves romped to victory and Richard Porta keeps the scoring touch
Universidad de Chile's second string rose to the challenge on Sunday to keep the club's domestic winning streak on track, demolishing Deportes Antofogasta 4-0 to stay on top of the pile in the Apertura. Playing with a mixed team of starters and reserves after defeating Atletico Nacional midweek, the U netted through Felipe Gallegos, an Angelo Henriquez double and Francisco Castro to remain six points clear of the chasing pack. O'Higgins are the club's closest challengers, and destroyed Palestino 5-0 to stay in second place.
Elsewhere, Universidad Catolica bounced back from Libertadores elimination and the sacking of Mario Lepe to cruise to victory over La Serena. Roberto Ovelar, Nicolas Trecco and Nicolas Castillo were all on target as the Cruzado reached fourth place. And a late rally from troubled Colo Colo was not enough to bring the giants back into play-off contention; a 2-2 draw rescued from two goals down nevertheless leaves the Cacique floundering in ninth.
Deportes Tolima's dreams of winning the second title in their history continue in healthy shape, as the Ibague side secured a narrow victory over Junior. The Barranquilla side had taken the lead through Giovanni Hernandez, but the Vinotinto rallied and after Cristian Marrugo restored parity, a last-minute effort from Robin Ramirez gave the visitors a 2-1 victory and moved them four points clear at the top of the Apertura.
Second-placed Atletico Huila lost ground with a 0-0 draw at home to La Equidad, while Millonarios slumped to defeat at the hands of Cucuta to fall further away from a play-off position. The biggest shock of the round, however, occurred in Medellin. Independiente fell to 15th in the Liga Postobon thanks to a crushing 3-0 defeat at home to Chico FC; two goals from James Castro set the visitors on the path to victory in the Atanasio Girardot.
LDU Quito stayed within touching distance of the Primera Fase summit with victory at the weekend, thanks to an Argentine double. Claudio Bieler opened the scoring for the Blancos away to Macara to net his 12th goal of the season, and Damian Manso added a second to seal a 2-1 victory. Independiente Teran stay on top, however, maintaining their two point lead over Liga with a convincing 4-1 defeat of Tec. Universitario.
There were mixed fortunes, meanwhile, for Ecuador's two Copa Libertadores challengers. Flamengo's vanquishers Emelec took the lead through Luciano Figueroa against El Nacional, but could not maintain the advantage and fell 2-1 to the Quito side. In Guayaquil Deportivo Quito, who also made the last-16, drew 0-0 against Barcelona and lie eighth overall.
Cerro Porteno cut the lead at the top of the Apertura to five points at the weekend, as they took advantage of leaders Olimpia's slip to move closer to the summit. A single goal from Mariano Uglessich led the Ciclon to victory over Carapegua on Sunday, while the pace-setters threw away a two goal advantage to record a thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Cerro Porteno de Franco.
There was also glory for Libertad, the only Paraguayan side left in the Libertadores at the knock-out stage. The Repollero ran rampant in the second half away to Sportivo Luqueno, scoring through Victor Caceres, Jose Nunez, Cristian Nasuti and Rodolfo Gamarra to win 4-0 and move up to third place - although they lie six points behind Cerro in the race for the title.
A second defeat of the season for Liverpool nevertheless keeps the Montevideo side top of the pile in the Clausura competition, although their advantage at the summit was cut to one point. The Negriazul went down to Wanderers 2-1, two goals from Jorge Curbelo sinking the leaders in the Estadio Belvedere. An Ignacio Russo double, meanwhile, helped Defensor Sporting to stay in second place with victory over Cerro and cut the difference between the Violeta and Liverpool.
Elsewhere, a last-minute equaliser denied Penarol victory away to Fenix, as they tied 2-2 to fall to seventh place. Two goals from Richard Porta were key for Nacional in their bid for the title, as the Australia-born striker increased his Clausura tally to nine and moved the Bolso to within two points of the summit.