Campeonato Petrobras 2013: Week Seven Review

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After weeks of frenzied goal scoring, round seven was much more of a staid affair with five of the nine matches finishing in 1-0 victories as Unión Española and O’Higgins finished the round on top of the table whilst Universidad Católica suffered a shock loss.

A change in manager wasn’t enough for Cobresal to pick up their first win of the season as they went down 2-1 to Ñublense in the opening match.

Under new manager José Cantillana, who replaced Oscar del Solar during the week, Cobresal were first on the scoreboard with a long range effort from Hans Salinas doing the damage in what was a fairly even first 45 minutes. Cobresal’s hopes of picking up their first win of the season were dashed fifteen minutes into the second half as Javier Grbec levelled things up from the penalty spot. The Argentinian then completed his brace twelve minutes to ensure that Ñublense would pick up their fourth win of the season and that their opponents still remain winless.

The win for Ñublense sees them move to seventh position in the table, whilst for Cobresal it looks like relegation is very much on the cards as they sit third from bottom of the Coeficiente de Rendimiento table and don’t look like picking up a win anytime soon.

Whilst their clásico de cobre rivals are struggling at the wrong end of the table, Cobreloa under the tutelage of Marco Antonio Figueroa, followed up their last gasp victory over Universidad Católica with a 1-0 victory over Everton in Friday’s second match.

Following an even first half which highlighted the defensive qualities of both teams it took only a minute into the second half for Cobreloa to open the scoring courtesy of Bryan Cortés. Despite the best efforts of the team from Viña del Mar they were unable to find the back of the net and Cobreloa picked up their fourth win of the season to remain unbeaten. The result saw los mineros move to outright third position whilst Everton dropped to eighth with their first loss of the season but remain only three points behind their rivals.

Saturday’s opening match saw Palestino break their winless streak with a 1-0 victory over Unión La Calera in the Estadio La Cisterna.

In front of a paltry crowd of about 1,200 people the home side opened the scoring in the 27th minute courtesy of Lucas Simon. Both teams made changes at half and it was Unión La Calera who dominated much of the play but could not find a way past Palestino goalkeeper Felipe Nuñez.

The result sees Palestino move up thirteenth position on the table whilst Unión La Calera dropped to sixth on the table but still only four points behind the top two.

For the second week in a row Iquique faced off against a fellow Copa Libertadores competitor and for the second week they came off second best as they went down 2-0 to Universidad de Chile in the Estadio Santa Laura.

La U, who came into the match off the back of a win away to Newell’s Old Boys in the Libertadores, got off to the start they wanted when César Cortés found the back of the net after only twenty minutes. This proved to be the only goal of the first half but after some half time substitutions both teams stepped up the intensity in the second half. But like many games during the round there wasn’t a flurry of goals and it wasn’t until the 90th minute that La U doubled their advantage courtesy of Isaac Díaz.

The win saw los azules move to fifth position and within striking difference of the top two whilst for Iquique the result along with a confrontation with a fan after the game saw manager Cristián Díaz lose his job.

In the day’s next match Huachipato made it two wins in a row with a 94th minute David Llanos goal that saw them defeat Audax Italiano 1-0 in the Estadio Bicentenario La Florida.

The win capped off a good week for the Clausura champions after they had drawn away to Fluminense in the Copa Libertadores whilst for Audax it meant that they still at the wrong end of the table with only one win and five points to their name after seven rounds of the season.

In the day’s final match Unión Española made it five games unbeaten with a 1-0 victory away to San Marcos de Arica in an encounter that saw neither team finish with their full compliment of players. There wasn’t much to talk about in the first half with the main talking point being the sending off of Francisco Castro for the visitors in the 42nd minute after he picked up two yellow cards in the space of nine minutes.

Despite being a man down it was la furia roja who took the lead in the 67th minute as Óscar Hernández scored from the penalty spot. The team from Arica went in search of an equaliser but instead they finished the match with only nine men after Daniel Mustáfa picked up his second yellow card in the 87th minute and Renato Ramos was given a straight red in the 90th minute.

The win sees Unión Española move to the top of the table whilst for San Marcos de Arica they are in the perilous position of being at the bottom of the Coeficiente de Rendimiento table and very much in danger of facing relegation.

Sunday saw O’Higgins join Unión Española at the top of the table after they defeated Antofagasta 3-1 in the Parque Juan López.

Antofagasta, who like fellow northerners San Marcos are at the wrong end of the Coeficiente de Rendimiento table, managed to hold out their more fancied opponents until the 36th minute when Pablo Calandria scored his fourth goal of the season. Antofagasta managed to pull one back in the 64th minute through Javier Elizondo before seeing Juan Luis González sent for an early shower after he picked up his second yellow card in the 70th minute. Nine minutes later and with the man advantage O’Higgins added a second as Calandria again found the back of the net before Lucas Acosta made it three in the 87th minute.

Omar Labruna’s tenure at Colo Colo hangs by a thread after his team went down 1-0 to Rangers in the Fiscal de Talca on Sunday afternoon.

The only goal of the game came in the 35th minute as Argentinean Diego Martinez got on the end of a pass from Juan Gonzalo Lorca before firing home past Eduardo Lobos in the los albos goal. Colo Colo had their chances to equalise through Jose Pedro Fuenzalida and Carlos Muñoz having the best chances to do so.

The win sees Rangers move eleventh position, only point and position behind their rivals which pretty much sums up why Labruna, who is set to leave Colo Colo at the end of the season, may do so sooner than expected.

In the day’s last match Santiago Wanderers pulled off the upset of the round after they defeated Universidad Católica 3-2 away in the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquimbo.

Three goals in the opening seventeen minutes did the damage for the visitors and stunned the locals in the process. The three goals came courtesy of Nicolás López Macri in the seventh minute, Matías Donoso in the tenth and a calamitous own goal to Carlos Bueno in the seventeenth minute. Los cruzados managed to pull one back five minutes before half time courtesy of the aforementioned Bueno before Fernando Meneses reduced the advantage to one in the 83rd minute from the penalty spot but it wasn’t enough to stop Católica losing their second straight match.

The loss saw los cruzados drop from first fourth on the table whilst the win for Wanderers keeps them clear of the relegation zone on the Coeficiente de Rendimiento table.

Primera Division Torneo Transición 2013 , Round seven fixtures

Ñublense 2-1 Cobresal (H. Salinas 35′ (CBS), J. Grbec (NUB) 60′ & 72′)
Everton 0-1 Cobreloa (B. Cortés (CBA) 46′)
Palestino 1-0 U. La Calera (L. Simon (PAL) 27′)
U. de Chile 2-0 Iquique (C. Cortés (UDC) 20′, I. Díaz 90′)
A. Italiano 0-1 Huachipato (D. Llanos (HU) 94′)
SM Arica 0-1 U. Española (Ó. Hernández (UE) 68’)
Antofagasta 1-3 O’Higgins (P. Calandria (OHI) 36′ & 79′, J. Elizondo (ANT) 64’, L. Acosta (OHI) 87’)
Rangers 1-0 Colo Colo (D. Martínez (RAN) 35’)
U. Católica 2-3 S. Wanderers (N. López Macri (SW) 7′, M. Donoso (SW) 10′, C. Bueno (UC) (og) 17´, C. Bueno (UC) 40′, F. Meneses (UC) 83′)

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