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U. Católica wins takes off at the top of the Chilean soccer tournament

The Catholic University had to fight from behind to turn the scoreboard and beat the modest Cobresal 2-1, to remain the lonely leader of the 2020 Chilean soccer tournament this Sunday, at the close of the eighteenth date.

Cobresal was surprisingly ahead on the scoreboard thanks to a goal from Franco Ragusa after 40 minutes of visit in the courtyard of the ‘crusaders’ who went to rest down on the scoreboard.

But in the second half, Católica got up and turned the duel around with goals from Argentine striker Fernando Zampedri, at 56 from a penalty and at 78 with a remarkable header.

With this victory, U. Católica, current two-time Chilean soccer champion, added 42 units and is the absolute leader, while Cobresal is in eleventh place with 22 points.

For its part, Unión Española did its homework by climbing to second place in the table and adding 39 units after beating Unión La Calera 3-2, who finished third with three points less.

Meanwhile, Universidad de Chile, whose new coach, Venezuelan Rafael Dudamel, is in quarantine for covid-19, defeated Santiago Wanderers 3-0 and settled in sixth position. The victory is a sign that the university students are raising their heads after a very irregular year, and could even fight a place in international competitions.

The one still going through a very poor streak is Colo Colo who lost again, this time 3-1 with the weak Palestinian. The most popular team and the only Chilean to win the Copa Libertadores (1991) is second to last with just 14 points, and three wins in 14 games.

Colo Colo is two points behind the bottom, La Serena, who defeated Huachipato 1-0.

Date results:

Friday:

Everton 0-1 O’Higgins

Saturday:

Palestinian – Colo Colo 3-1

Iquique – Curicó Unido 1-2

Union Espanola – Union La calera 3-2

Audax Italiano – Coquimbo Unido 2-0

Sunday:

U. de Concepción – Antofagasta 2-0

La Serena – Huachipato 1-0

U. de Chile – Santiago Wanderers 3-0

U. Católica – Cobresal 2-1

Positions:

– Pts J G E P Gf Gc

1. U. Catholic 42 18 13 3 2 43 17

2. Spanish Union 39 18 12 3 3 37 24

3. Union La Calera 36 18 11 3 4 30 18

4. Sports Antofagasta 30 18 8 6 4 28 16

5. Curicó Unido 30 18 9 3 6 19 25

6. U. de Chile 29 18 8 5 5 31 21

7. U. de Concepción 25 18 6 7 5 23 23

8. Huachipato 25 18 7 4 7 20 22

9. Audax Italiano 24 18 6 6 6 27 26

10. Everton 23 18 5 8 5 18 18

11. Cobresal 22 18 6 4 8 23 23

12. Palestinian 22 18 6 4 8 19 24

13. Sports Iquique 21 18 6 3 9 20 28

14. Santiago Wanderers 20 18 6 2 10 25 34

15. Coquimbo Unido 19 18 5 4 9 18 27

16. O’Higgins 15 18 4 3 11 20 30

17. Colo Colo 14 18 3 5 10 20 29

18. Sports La Serena 12 18 3 3 12 15 27

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