Week five proved to be an excellent weekend for the teams from Santiago with five of the six in the league picking up wins with the Universidad de Chile and Universidad Católica being the most impressive as they scored ten goals between them.
Ñublense continued their recent run of good form in the round’s opening march as they drew 1-all with an O’Higgins side that had come into the match off the back of three consecutive wins. What made Ñublense’s result even better for them was that they played more than seventy minutes with ten men after Adolfo Lima was sent off in the thirteenth minute only moments after O’Higgins had taken lead courtesy of Gonzalo Barriga. However, los celestes’ lead was short lived as Javier Grbec levelled things up only two minutes later. Whilst both teams had their chances they were unable to add the scoreline for the remaining seventy five minutes even with the needless dismissal of O’Higgins’ Boris Sagredo in the 65th minute. The result sees O’Higgins drop to fourth position whilst Ñublense would be reasonably happy with their current eighth position.
If you ever wanted to explain to someone why you like watching Chilean football Friday’s second game between Audax Italiano and Cobresal would go a long way to being the perfect exemplar. In the last ten minutes of the game there were three goals, one disallowed goal and a goalkeeper sent off after conceding a goal which ended up with Audax Italiano picking up their first victory of the campaign with a 3-2 triumph.
The home side, who were playing in front of a rather paltry crowd took the lead in the 30th minute courtesy of Bryan Carrasco before Ever Cantero equalised for the visitors in the 60th minute. The match appeared to be headed for a rather tepid draw but this all changed once the clock ticked over eighty minutes as firstly Cobresal had thought they had gone ahead but saw their goal disallowed for offside. Then to rub salt into their wounds Audax Italiano immediately went up the other end and they themselves took the lead courtesy of Sebastián Sáez before Jean Paul Pineda levelled things up in the 91st minute. However, it wasn’t to be a much needed point for Cobresal as Sáez headed home a free kick only a minute later. The drama didn’t end there as Cobresal goalkeeper, Sebastián Cuedo, who obviously didn’t agree with the free kick decision, was given his marching orders before the restart.
After starting the season like the proverbial house on fire, Marco Antonio Figueroa’s Cobreloa have now become the kings of the draw after a 2-all draw with Rangers in Saturday’s opening march made it three in a row. Added to that for the second weekend in a row they had to rely on last minute heroics to snatch the single point. Rangers opened the scoring in the fourth minute courtesy of Sebastián Varas and then with a combination of committed defending and goalkeeper Nicolás Peric in fine form managed to hold out their opponents until the 76th minute when Sebastián Pol levelled things up. Five minutes later the team from Talca were back in front as Juan Gonzalo Lorca, who recently signed from Deportivo Quito, found the back of the net. Just as it looked like Rangers would pick up their second win of the season, Gervasio Nuñez was adjudged to have fouled goal scorer Pol in the area in the 89th minute. The Argentinean then stepped up to the spot and scored his sixth goal of the season and rescued a point for los mineros.
In the weekend’s next match Colo Colo broke their recent run of lose one game, win one game, after they defeated Palestino 2-1 in the Estadio Nacional. Like the earlier match there was an early goal with José Pedro Fuenzalida volleying home the opener after five minutes. Fuenzalida then turned provider in the 47th minute as his cross was headed home by former Unión Española midfielder, Emiliano Vecchio. Palestino managed to pull one back in the 77th minute courtesy of Jason Silva but it proved to be only a consolation. The win sees los albos move into fifth position whilst Palestino languish third from bottom.
Saturday’s penultimate match saw Unión Española gain some measure of revenge for their Clausura final loss to Huachipato by defeating their opponents 1-0 in the Estadio CAP. In what was a fairly tight affair la furia roja grabbed all three minutes with seven minutes remaining in the match courtesy of Jorge Ampuero. The win briefly saw Unión move to the top of the table whilst for their opponents it is proving to be a struggle to combine the rigours of the Copa Libertadores with life in the Primera Division as they are yet to pick up a win this season and currently sit second last on the table.
Another team that is struggling to combine the Copa Libertadores and the Primera Division is Iquique, who after being defeated 3-0 by Veléz Sarsfield during the week, went down 2-0 to the lowly Santiago Wanderers in Saturday’s final match. Wanderers, who have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks, finally got their first win and first points for the season courtesy of a brace to Matías Donoso. Both of Donoso’s goals came in the second half in a period of ten minutes and ensured that the team from Valparaíso picked up their first points of the season and moved out of the bottom three on the Coeficiente de Rendimiento.
It was goals galore on the last day of round five with fourteen goals across the three games that took place. Kicking things off were Universidad Católica, who maintained their position at the top of the table, with a 4-0 demolition of Unión La Calera. Los cruzados began the match with an attacking mindset and like the week before were a goal up before their opponents knew what hit them.
This time it was Enzio Andia who opened the scoring after only two minutes. Despite attempts from their opponents to bring the match back on level terms it was Universidad Católica who doubled their advantage in the 32nd minute courtesy of Ismael Sosa who scored his fourth goal of the campaign. In the second half home side who continued to create chances and added two more goals to their tally as Sosa made it five goals in five matches and Nicolás Castillo scored on his return to the team after his efforts in the Sudamericano Sub-20.
Everton continued their good start to the season in the day’s next match as they travelled to the north of the country and defeated Antofagasta 2-1. The visitors opened the scoring in the 12th minute courtesy of Mario Cáceres before the home side hit back in the 23rd minute via Daniel Arismendi. It then took until the 88th minute for Everton for grab the winner as Franco Ragusa found the back of the net. The win sees the team from Viña del Mar move into outright third position whilst for Antofagasta the result means they are well and truly stuck in a relegation battle.
Universidad de Chile finished the round with a bang as they thrashed San Marcos de Arica 6-1 in the Estadio Santa Laura. La U came into the match off the back of a poor midweek effort in the Copa Libertadores but showed no signs of being affected by that as they went two goals up after thirty-two minutes courtesy of goals to Charles Aránguiz and Ramon Fernández. San Marcos managed to pull a goal back just before half time via Mauricio Segovia but that only proved to be a finger in the dyke as los azules put four more goals past them in the second half. Getting on the scoresheet for La U were Albert Acevedo, César Cortés and Juan Ignacio Duma with a brace. The result leaves San Marcos de Arica on the bottom of the Coeficiente de Rendimiento table with manager Luis Marcoleta surely worried about the ten goals they have conceded in their last two matches.
Primera Division Torneo Transición 2013 , Round five fixtures
Ñublense 1-1 O’Higgins (G. Barriga (OHI) 13′, J. Grbec (NUB) 15′)
A. Italiano 3-2 Cobresal (B. Carrasco (AI) 30′, E. Cantero (CBS) 60′, S. Sáez (AI) 83′ & 90’+2, J.P. Pineda (CBS) 90’+1)
Rangers 2-2 Cobreloa (S. Varas (RAN) 4′, M.S. Pol (CBA) 76′ & 90′; 2-1, 81′, J.G. Lorca (RAN) 81′)
Palestino 1-2 Colo Colo (J.P. Fuenzalida (CC) 5′, E. Vecchio (CC) 47′, J. Silva (PAL) 77′)
Huachipato 0-1 U. Española (J. Ampuero (UE) 83′)
Iquique 0-2 S. Wanderers (M. Donoso (SW) 65′ & 75′)
U. Católica 4-0 U. La Calera (E. Andía (UC) 2′, I. Sosa (UC) 32′ & 62′, N. Castillo (UC) 77′)
Antofagasta 1-2 Everton (M. Cáceres (EVE) 12′, D. Arismendi (ANT) 23′, F. Ragusa (EVE) 88′)
U. de Chile 6-1 SM Arica (C. Aránguiz (UDC) 24′, R. Fernández (UDC) 32′, M. Segovia (SMA) 44′, A. Acevedo (UDC) 51′, J.I. Duma (UDC) 64′ & 79′; 5-1, 79′, C. Cortés (UDC) 80′)