Highlights: Pick of the rest 6 December 2010


There were a couple of shock results in group A over the weekend, with the bottom two both keeping their faint title ambitions alive with home wins against the top two. Atlético Huila managed a 1-0 win against the leaders Santa Fe, their goal was an excellent turn and strike from Rafael Castillo after only three minutes. In the other game 3rd placed La Equidad beat Deportes Tolima 1-0.

In Group B Once Caldas continued their march towards the final with a 3-2 win against Atlético Nacional who are already out of it with two games still to play. In the other game 3rd placed Cúcuta Deportivo kept their feint hopes alive with a 1-0 win against 2nd placed Deportes Quindío.

Group A
Atlético Huila 1-0 Santa Fe
La Equidad 1-0 Deportes Tolima

Group B 
Once Caldas 3-2 Atlético Nacional
Cúcuta Deportivo 1-0 Deportes Quindío

Group A table
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Santa Fe 4 2 1 1 7 6 2 7
2 Deportes Tolima 4 1 2 1 6 6 0 5
3 La Equidad 4 1 2 1 3 4 -1 5
4 Atlético Huila 4 1 1 2 4 5 -1 4

Group B table
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Once Caldas 4 3 1 0 9 4 4 10
2 Deportes Quindio 4 2 0 2 5 6 -1 6
3 Cucuta Deportivo 4 1 2 1 4 4 0 5
4 Atlético Nacional 4 0 1 3 6 10 -4 1


Universidad Cátolica claimed their 10 Chilean league title after a 5-0 win against Everton who suffered automatic relegation as a consequence. This championship represented a great acheivement for UC but an even bigger failure for Colo-Colo who let a seven point advantage at the top of the table evaporate in their last six games. Colo-Colo won their last game 4-2 against Universidad de Concepción and will take a little consolation from the fact that they have qualified to play in the 2011 Copa Libertadores.

Chile's 3rd Copa Libertadores place will be determined through a 4 team playoff "liguilla" between Audax Italiano, Universidad de Chile, Unión Española and Huachipato.

San Luis and Everton suffered automatic relegation while Universidad de Concepción and Santiago Morning will face relegation/promotion playoffs against teams from the 2nd division.

The final standings.


Defensor Sporting Club managed the win they needed to win the championship with a against a 1-3 away win against the hopeless Tacurembó side who were losing their 9th consecutive game. Nacional won 1-2 at Rampla Juniors to claim 2nd place, Bella Vista beat River Plate 1-0 to claim 3rd place and new boys El Tanque Sisley managed a 0-1 away win at Fénix to claim an impressive 4th place finish.

The final standings


Libertad are the Clausura 2010 champions after a convincing 5-0 win against Tres de Febrero. Cerro Porteño in second place could only manage a 1-1 draw away at Sport Colombia meaning that they finished three points behind the leaders but they do however still qualify for Copa Libertadores as the highest aggregate points scorers alongside Libertad and the Apertura winners Guaraní.

The three Copa Sudamericana places will go to Libertad as the highest placed champions, Nacional in 4th place overall and Olimpia in 5th place overall.

The two newly promoted sides at the start of the season; Sport Colombia and Sport Trinidense were both relegated.

The final standings


Real Esppor relinquished their long term lead at the top of the Primera División after a 2-0 away defeat to Deportivo Táchira who replace them at the top of the table with only one game of the season remaining.


Liga de Quito had home advantage in the first leg of the final against Emelec, there was no repeat of the 7-0 scoreline from the 1998 final between these two clubs, but a 2-0 advantage for the second leg is not bad.

In the 3rd place playoff that determines who will play in the Copa Libertadores, Deportivo Quito established a 2-0 lead against Barcelona Sporting Club.


With nearly everything already determined last week the only real issue was which team would be joining Total Chalaco in the second division next year. Two of the three relegation threatened teams faced each other and Cienciano ensured their safety with a 2-1 win against Alianza Atlético, however José Galvez could not take advantage failing to secure the win they needed, going down 2-0 away at Sporting Cristal.

To recap the rest, San Martín will play León in the two legged final, Alianza Lima will join those two in the Copa Libertadores next year and the three Copa Sudamericana 2011 places will go to Universitario, Universidad Cesár Vallejo and Juan Aurich.

The final standings.

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