Sunday, 21 December 2008

Chile: Colo Colo Are The Clausura Champions

Colo Colo sealed the Chilean Clausura championship on Saturday with a 3-1 win at home to Deportivo Palestino in the second leg of the playoff final.

Palestino had done well to come back from a goal behind to draw 1-1 in their home leg of the tie, and showed great heart once more as they came back from Lucas Barrios' half-hour strike to level matters before the break through Luis Pavez.

Barrios' goal was his 37th of the year, equalling Luis Hernan Alvarez's all-time Colo Colo scoring record - set in 1963 - but he was unable to add to his tally after the restart, leaving the scoring to his team-mates as Colo Colo finally made their greater possession count in front of goal.

First, Jose Domingo Salcedo slipped in Daud Gazale to put Marcelo Barticciotto's side in front, and then Rodrigo Millar put the final nail in Palestino's coffin as he collected Barrios' pass, rounded defender and goalkeeper, and tapped the ball into the empty net.

To add insult to injury for Palestino, Jean Paul Pineda was dismissed with just over quarter of an hour remaining for a crude tackle from behind.

Colo Colo's Clausura triumph is their fifth in the last six Chilean championships, but is the first since Claudio Borghi resigned as coach in the early half of the year. They now have a total of 28 league wins in their history.

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