Campeonato Primera B 2013: Week Ten Review

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Game week 10 saw little movement in both the north and the south sections of the Primera B. Magallanes and Coquimbo Unido continue to vie for top spot in the North while at the other end of the table La Serena and Copiapo still find themselves occupying the bottom two places. In the south, Curico Unido remain hot on the tails of Naval at the top of the table as both sides failed to record wins at the weekend. At the bottom of the table, Lota Schwager continue to fall further adrift from the rest and are already looking like favourites to get relegated.

In the north section, second placed Magallanes were the first team to take to the field on Saturday and they needed a stoppage time Luis Fernandez penalty to beat mid-table San Luis. Magallanes took the lead in the 68th minute through Miguel Romero only for San Luis to equalise with a penalty of their own, which Matias Campos Lopez converted in the 87th minute. San Luis must have thought they had done enough to secure a draw until the referee evened out the penalty count in the second of the three minutes of added time.

That win saw Magallanes move to the top of the table at the expense of Coquimbo Unido who had a chance to regain top spot on Sunday afternoon. They were clear favourites to do so as they visited bottom side Copiapo who had lost four of their last five games. The home side took a shock first-half lead through Sebastian Villegas and were looking good value for their first win since the second week of the season until Cristian Muñoz equalised for the away side in the 67th minute. The point wasn’t enough to see Coquimbo Unido move above Magallanes who remain one point clear at the top.

On the same afternoon, Copiapo’s fellow strugglers La Serena hosted an in form Santiago Morning who had lost just once in their last five matches. The away side took an unsurprising lead in the 34th minute through Samuel Teuber, only for a gritty La Serena performance to be rewarded with an 80th minute equaliser through substitute NicolasPavlovich. However, the last goal of the game wasn’t to be the end of the action, with three players getting sent off in as many minutes. First to be dismissed was Morning’s defender Luciano Gaete on 83 minutes for a second yellow. La Serena’s Salazar and Morning’s Paraguayan ‘keeper Cristian Limenza were both dismissed three minutes later and with the away side having used up all three substitutions, midfielder David Escalante had to play in goal for the remaining five minutes.

In the south of the country, top side Naval played host to third placed Universidad de Concepcion on Saturday afternoon. After having lost their first match of the season the previous week, Naval again looked out of sorts against an organised Universidad de Concepcion who recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory with the goals coming from Pedro Muñoz and a Gabriel Vargas penalty. The win moves Universidad de Concepcion to within two points of Naval who remain top despite losing two in a row.

The other Saturday game saw Concepcion record a comfortable 2-0 home win against a hapless Lota Schwager. Goals from Javier Vatter and Gonzalo De Porras saw Concepcion climb to fourth and condemned Lota Schwager to their fourth defeat in five games and they now find themselves four points adrift at the bottom of the table.

Sunday’s game saw second placed Curico Unido play host to second bottom Union Temuca. The match was a stale 0-0 draw and saw Curico Unido fail to make the most of Naval’s defeat on Saturday. The point sees them move to within one of the top of and moves Union Temuca four clear of bottom side Lota Schwager.

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