Campeonato Petrobras 2013: Week Three Review

Universidad de Chile vs Union Española

Week three of the Torneo Transción saw Cobreloa’s perfect start came to an end but they still sit on top of the table where they were joined by Everton and Universidad Católica. The weekend also saw impressive wins for Unión Española and Iquique whilst both Cobresal and Santiago Wanderers still remain without a point.

Newly promoted San Marcos de Arica maintained its unbeaten start to the season after holding the more fancied Audax Italiano to a 1-all draw in the Estadio Bicentenario de La Florida in the opening match of Round Three. The northerners did it the hard way as well playing for almost an hour with ten men after Federico Scoppa picked up two yellow cards in the space of four minutes and was given his marching order in the 34th minute.

The second yellow card resulted in a penalty for Audax Italiano which Sebastián Sáez duly converted. Audax, who are yet to pick up a win this season, would have thought that this would have been the perfect opportunity to do so but were denied by a resolute San Marcos side who found their equaliser in the 68th minute courtesy of José Pedroso.

In Friday’s next match O’Higgins made it two wins in a row after they defeated Huachipato 2-0 in the Estadio CAP. O’Higgins’ goals came in either half with Gonzalo Barriga opening the scoring in the 26th minute before Paraguayan Juan Rodrigo Rojas’s second goal in as many games in the 61st minute sealed the victory for the visitors.

The loss meant that Huachipato have only managed to pick up a single point in their three matches so far and are yet to score a goal. They did have a chance to open their goal scoring account during the match but Braian Rodriguez had his penalty attempt saved by O’Higgins goalkeeper Luis Marin. On a sad note the match was very much overshadowed by the deaths of sixteen O’Higgins fans who died in a bus crash on their way back to Rancagua after the match.

Iquique picked up their first win of the season after they defeated Colo Colo 2-1 in Saturday’s opening match. Despite the first half being goalless it was an exciting affair with both Manuel Villalobos for Iquique and Carlos Muñoz for Colo Colo having chances to open the scoring. Villalobos, however did manage to open the scoring in the second half as Iquique capitalised on a Colo Colo defensive error in the 54th minute.

Three minutes later the home side doubled their advantage when Rodrigo Diaz sumptuously curled a shot from the edge of the area past los albos ‘keeper Eduardo Lobos. The visitors managed to the pull one back from the penalty spot courtesy of Emiliano Vecchio but it wasn’t enough to stop Iquique from picking up their first three points of the season and in the process ensured Colo Colo’s second loss of the campaign in the north of the country.

There was a time when Unión Española would struggle when they came up against Universidad de Chile but it appears that all has changed for la furia roja after they picked up their second successive win over La U with a comprehensive 3-0 victory. In what was a fairly even first half it was two goals in three minutes for Unión in the dying stages that blew the match wide open. Firstly, Diego Scotti scored his second goal in as many games in the 41st minute with an effort from the edge of the area.

Three minutes later Oscar Hernández made it two from the penalty spot after La U goalkeeper Johnny Herrera was adjudged to have brought down Patricio Rubio in the area although replays suggested otherwise. Seventeen minutes before full time la furia roja sealed the game again from the penalty with former los azules player Francisco Castro converting the spot kick.

Saturday’s last match saw a seven goal thriller as Unión La Calera came from a goal down twice to defeat Santiago Wanderers 4-3 with a brace to Leandro Benegas proving to be the difference. The win moves La Calera into sixth position on the table whilst for their opponents the loss means that they are still winless for the season and are currently sitting second last on the table ahead of Cobresal on goal difference.

Cobresal for their part opened proceedings on Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 loss to Everton. Like San Marcos, Everton have maintained their unbeaten start to their season and are currently sitting third on the table only behind leaders Cobreloa and Universidad Católica on goal difference. The loss sees Cobresal sitting on bottom of both the table for this season and the table for the coeficiente de rendimiente and puts them in great danger of facing relegation. The only goal of the game came in the 75th courtesy of former Cobreloa player, Diego Barrios and only two minutes after Cobresal had been reduced to ten men following the sending off of Luis Alegria. Everton also finished the match with ten after Orlando Gutíerrez received his marching orders in the 84th minute.

Whilst their clásico del cobre rivals are struggling at the wrong end of the table, Cobreloa are sitting pretty at the top of the table after 0-0 draw with Antofagasta in what was billed as the clásico de la segunda region. Whilst the result ended Cobreloa’s perfect start to the season they remain undefeated and sit on top of the table on goal difference. Antofagasta for their part move to eighth position on the table.

Ñublense continued the good form of the promoted teams in week three of the Torneo Transición after they picked up an important 1-0 win away to Palestino. The solitary goal of the game came in the 82nd minute courtesy of Javier Grbec. The win was an important one for the team from Chillian as it moves them out of the relegation zone on the coeficiente de rendimiento table whilst for Palestino it means that after making the playoffs in the Clausura season they are yet to pick up a win this season.

In the weekend’s last match Universidad Católica moved to second on the table by continuing a trend of away teams winning with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Rangers de Talca. Rangers, who had picked up an important away last start, were under pressure right from kickoff and were two goals down after thirty-three minutes. The first came in the 26th minute when a Sixto Peralta effort was turned into his own net by Francisco Tapia before Carlos Bueno doubled the advantage for los cruzados seven minutes later.

It went from bad to worse for Rangers on the stroke of half time as Juan Silva was given his marching orders. Universidad Católica got their third and final goal in the 76th minute when Fernando Cordero finished off an excellent move from club favourite Milovan Mirosevic.

Primera Division Torneo Transición 2013 , Round three fixtures

A. Italiano 1-1 SM Arica (S. Sáez (AI) 35’, J. Pedroso (SM) 68’)
Huachipato 0-2 O’Higgins (G. Barriga (OHI) 26’, J.R. Rojas (OHI) 61’)
Iquique 2-1 Colo Colo (M. Villalobos (IQQ) 54′, R. Díaz (IQQ) 57′, E. Vecchio (CC) 77′)
U. de Chile 0-3 U. Española (D. Scotti (UE) 41′; O. Hernández (UE) 44′; F. Castro (UE) 73′)
S. Wanderers 3-4 U. La Calera (A. Gimenez (ULC) 3’,M. Donoso (SW) 13’, A. Cólzera (SW) 16’, L. Benegas (ULC) 35’ & 88′, J. Castillo (SW) 52’, F. Beas (ULC) 75’)
Cobresal 0-1 Everton (D. Barrios (EVE) 75’)
Antofagasta 0-0 Cobreloa
Palestino 0-1 Ñublense (J. Grbec (NUB) 82’)
Rangers 0-3 U. Católica (F. Tapia (RAN) (og) 26′, C. Bueno (UC) 33′, F. Cordero (UC) 76′)

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