Campeonato Petrobras 2013: Week Eight Review

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The goals returned to the Primera Division this weekend with Unión Española’s 5-0 demolition of Everton being the standout performance.

The weekend’s action kicked off on Friday night with Santiago Wanderers playing host to Antofagasta and with both teams at the wrong end of the Coeficiente de Rendimiento table it was a veritable six pointer of sorts. And it was Antofagasta who grabbed a much needed three points with a 4-1 triumph.

After a first half where the honours were shared with goals courtesy of Luis Valenzuela for the visitors and Rodrigo Toloza for the home side, Santiago Wanderers came out firing in the second half. However despite their dominance their weren’t able to add to their goal tally and in the last eleven minutes of the encounter they succumbed to a Javier Elizondo hat-trick to somehow lose the match 4-1.

The win was Antofagasta’s fourth in a row against their opponents and whilst they haven’t managed to get out of the bottom three of the Coeficiente de Rendimiento table it was a valuable three points which could serve them later in the season.

Another team at the wrong end of the Coeficiente de Rendimiento table, in fact right at the bottom of it, are San Marcos de Arica and it didn’t get any better for them in round eight after they lost 2-1 away to O’Higgins in the Estadio Bicentenario La Granja in Friday night’s second match.

The home side dominated much of the first half proceedings but were unable to find the back of the net and the match remained scoreless at half time. In fact it was San Marcos who took the lead in the 49th minute courtesy of Federico Scoppa before Pablo Calandria made it six goals in eight games to level things up in the 69th minute. Boris Sagredo then completed the comeback for the home side twelve minutes later.

The win sees O’Higgins maintain their position in second place on the table, while for their opponents it was their sixth consecutive match without a win, a statistic they will need to rectify in order move off the bottom of the Coeficiente de Rendimiento table and stave off the threat of relegation.

Saturday’s opening match saw Universidad de Chile come from two goals behind to defeat Unión La Calera 3-2 in the Estadio Bicentenario Lucio Fariña.

Unión La Calera started the better of the two teams and were duly rewarded for their endeavours with goals to Mario Berríos and Sebastián González in the the 33rd and 37th minutes respectively. Just before the half-time whistle Nicolás Maturana managed to pull one back for La U. Sixteen minutes into the second half the 19 year old midfielder had his brace before a 67th minute header from Charles Aránguiz completed the comeback.

The win sees los azules move up to fourth position in the table with sixteen points whilst for Unión La Calera they are in seventh, only four points behind their opponents.

In the day’s next match Universidad Católica brought its two losing streak to an end with a 2-1 victory away to Huachipato, in the process ending the Clausura champion’s own winning streak.

Los cruzados opened the scoring in the 14th minute courtesy of Carlos Bueno, who scored his fifth goal of the campaign. Following the goal neither team was able to gain the ascendancy and the half with Universidad Católica having the single goal advantage. Huachipato levelled things nine minutes after the interval courtesy of David Llanos and it looked like they would have every chance to make it three wins in a row after Nicolás Castillo was given his marching orders in the 78th minute, only twenty minutes after replacing Ismael Sosa. It wasn’t to be however as Fernando Meneses scored what was to be the eventual winner in the 82nd minute from the penalty spot. Huachipato also finished the game with ten men after Miguel Aceval picked up his second yellow card in the 94th minute.

The win sees Católica move up to third position in the table whilst Huachipato sit in 14th.

After only managing to defeat  promoted side San Marcos de Arica by a solitary goal in the last round, Unión Española this week handed another promoted side in the form of Everton a 5-0 thrashing in the Estadio Santa Laura in Saturday’s final match.

Most of the damage was done in the first half as la furia roja ran amok as they went into the half time break with a four goal advantage with Patricio Rubio getting a brace and Jorge Ampuero and Oscar Hernández getting the other two. Francisco Castro put the icing on the cake in the 77th minute it what was a thoroughly dominant display from the home side.

The result sees Unión Española maintain their position at the top of the table with the added bonus of having a rather healthy goal difference of plus 14. Meanwhile Everton drop to eighth with their formerly impressive goal against column taking rather a battering.

Sunday saw three matches kick off at four o’clock with two of them taking place in the north of the country as Cobreloa hosted Audax Italiano and Rangers visited Iquique. In the nation’s capital another another northern team in the form of Cobresal took on Palestino.

With their home ground still out of action Cobreloa this week took to the field at the home of their clásico del cobre rival, Cobresal, the Estadio El Cobre. And it appeared that some of Cobresal’s poor form rubbed off on Cobreloa as they were held to a 1-1 draw by the lowly Audax Italiano. Both goals came before the half hour mark with Fabian Benitez opening the scoring for los italicos before Cristián Suarez levelled things up seventeen minutes later.

The result sees Cobreloa drop to fifth behind Universidad Católica and Universidad de Chile having won one fewer game than them despite the fact that all three teams are on sixteen points.

A change of manager didn’t help Iquique obtain a change of fortunes as they suffered their fifth successive defeat as they went down 2-0 to Rangers in the Estadio Tierra de Campeones.

After a scoreless first half, Rangers began to exert their dominance over an Iquique side that was under the tutelage of interim manager Diego Musiano. Their dominance paid off in the 77th minute as Juan Gonzalo Lorca found the back of the net before Juan Silva doubled the advantage in the 89th minute, only 60seconds after he had replaced Juan Casado.

The win sees Rangers jump to ninth position on the table whilst Iquique found themselves in second last position with only the hapless Cobresal below them.

Speaking of the hapless Cobresal, their winless streak continued as they lost 3-2 to Palestino in the Estadio La Cisterna.

The win for Palestino is their second in a row and after a poor start to the season became their third consecutive match unbeaten. The home side took a two goal lead via Miguel Escalona in the 33rd minute and Lucas Simón in the 50th before two goals in six minutes from Hans Salinas and Mariano Torres had the match back on the level terms with just over half an hour left to play. It wasn’t to be for Cobresal, whose change in manager hasn’t resulted in a turnaround in form, as César scored what was to be the winner for Palestino in the 65th minute.

Palestino move up to 12th with the win whilst Cobresal are stuck at the bottom of the regular season table with only one point and are second last on the Coeficiente de Rendimiento table and very much in danger of being relegated to Primera B.

The round came to an end in the Estadio Monumental as Colo Colo, under the interim stewardship of Hugo González, were held to a 1-1 draw by Ñublense.

After a week they would rather forget, los albos got off to exactly the start they wanted when Carlos Muñoz found the back of the net after only three minutes. But as has been the case for most of the season Colo Colo slowly let slip their ascendancy as Ñublense worked their way back into the match. Their reward came on the stroke of half time as Jonathan Cisternas levelled things up for the visitors. Both teams had their chances in the second half to grab all three points in the second half but when Claudio Puga blew his whistle for full time the scores were still level.

With that result, Colo Colo sit in tenth position on the table whilst Ñublense sit comfortably in six spot.

Primera Division Torneo Transición 2013 , Round eight fixtures

S. Wanderers 1-4 Antofagasta (L. Valenzuela (ANT) 17′, R. Toloza (SW) 38′, J. Elizondo (ANT) 82′, 84′ & 93′)
O’Higgins 2-1 SM Arica (F. Scoppa (SMA) 49′, P. Calandria (OHI) 67′, B. Sagredo (OHI) 79′)
U. La Calera 2-3 U. de Chile (M. Berríos (ULC) 33’, S. González (ULC) 37’, N. Maturana (UDC) 44’ & 61’, C. Aránguiz (UDC) 67’)
Huachipato 1-2 U. Católica (C. Bueno (UC) 14′, D. Llanos (HU) 54, F. Meneses (UC) 82′)
U. Española 5-0 Everton (P. Rubio (UE) 14’ & 63′, J. Ampuero (UE) 32’, O. Hernández (UE) 39’, F. Castro (UE) 77’)
Cobreloa 1-1 A. Italiano (F. Benítez (AI) 4’, C. Suárez (CBA) 22’)
Iquique 0-2 Rangers (J.G. Lorca (RAN) 77’, J. Silva (RAN) 89’)
Palestino 3-2 Cobresal (M. Escalona (PAL) 33′, L. Simón (PAL) 50’, H. Salinas (CBS) 53, M. Torres (CBS) 59’, C. Valenzuela (PAL) 65’)
Colo Colo 1-1 Ñublense (C. Muñoz (CC) 3’, J. Cisternas (NUB) 45’)

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