Liga de Quito are the Clausura champions and will play the Apertura winners Emelec in the grand final in December. They secured their place in the final with a 3-1 win against El Nacional. They then ensured the Clausura championship on Monday with a 1-1 draw against Deportivo Quiro.
Emelec are now in 2nd position in the Clausura table after a 3-1 win against Espoli.
Deportivo Quito ensured their place in the 3rd place/Copa Libertadores qualification playoff with a 5-0 win against Universidad Cátolica and Barcelona Sporting Club were gifted the other position in the playoff after LDU's long time title rivals Deportivo Cuenca were hammered 3-0 by bottom of the table Independiente.
All of the issues may be decided at the top of the table but with one round left any two of Espoli, Universidad Cátolica and Macará will be relegated next weekend.
The convoluted and unpopular final phase in Colombia is underway. The 8 teams that have qualified are divided into two groups, each team plays the other home and away giving the team that finished 8th in the division the same advantage as the team that finished 1st. The two group winners progress to the final.
In the first round of games the only winners were Deportes Quindío who surprisingly beat Atlético Nacional on their own pitch. The other 3 games were all drawn.
Deportes Tolima 2-2 Santa Fe
La Equidad 0-0 Atlético Huila
Once Caldas 0-0 Cucuta Deportivo
Atlético Nacional 1-2 Deportes Quindío
With Colo-Colo and Universidad Cátolica tied at the top at the beginning of the weekend both teams faced must win games. Universidad Católica beat Universidad de Chile 4-2 in the Clásico universitario to record their 5th consecutive win. It was an extraordinary game featuring six goals, two red cards and two penalties, one scored and one missed.
Colo-Colo recovered from their three game winless streak to beat Cobresal 1-0 to ensure that the championship race will go down to the last day whatever happens in the penultimate round next weekend.
last week Libertad beat their closest rivals Cerro Porteño last week to establish a four point advantage at the top, however this weekend they lost 1-0 against Nacional and since Cerro Porteño had beaten Tres de Febrero 3-0 earlier in the weekend the gap is back to a single point.
Deportivo Táchira hammered Zulia 4-0 to close to within 3 points of leaders Real Esppor, who could only manage a 0-0 draw against Carabobo. In 3rd and 4th places Caracas FC and Deportivo Petare are tied on 26 points, six points behind the leaders after a 2-2 draw.
In group A the top three all won. Universidad San Martín kept their 8 point lead with a cracking 4-1 win against Inti Gas, which featured two bicycle kicks. Despite their mid table position in group A Inti Gas remain the highest scorers in the league. 2nd placed Universitario won 0-1 at José Gálvez and 3rd placed Alianza Lima won 2-1 at home against bottom of the group Total Clalaco.
León extended their lead at the top of group B with a 1-2 away win against Melgar and 3rd placed Alianza Atlético won 1-0 against Juan Aurich in 2nd.
It is still tight at the top of the Bolivian league. Bolívar lead the way after a 4-1 win against Universitario, level with them on 36 points at the top are Oriente Petrolero who beat Jorge Wilstermann 3-1.
Aurora are 3rd after a 2-1 win against Blooming and one time leaders San José are now in 4th after a 3-0 away defeat to Real Mamore.
It was an entertaining Sunday's football for Bolivian football fans, none of the 6 games had less than 3 goals, the other two results were Real Potosí 2-3 The Strongest and La Paz 3-1 Gaubirá.
Defensor Sporting Club are now 4 points clear at the top of the league after a 0-1 win against Peñarol. The only other team to win in the top 7 were Nacional, who beat Danubio 2-1 to jump from 6th to 2nd position.
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