O’Higgins finds itself at the top of the table at the conclusion of round thirteen with their win over previous leaders Unión Española proved to be the only win by a team in the top four as Universidad Católica dropped points against Iquique and Universidad de Chile suffered a shock loss to Antofagasta. Despite all that it is a closely run thing at the top of the table with four points separating to the top six teams with only four rounds remaining.
In the weekend’s opening match on Friday night, Unión Española suffered their second successive loss and their first loss at home this season as they went down 2-0 to O’Higgins in the Estadio Santa Laura. A goal in each half to Carlos Escobar and Luis Pedro Figueroa combined with results later in the round saw the team from Rancagua leap frog their opponents to the top of the table. Coincidentally Escobar’s goals was the 300th scored in matches between the two teams.
Saturday’s action kicked off with the clásico porteño between Everton and Santiago Wanderers in the Estadio Bicentenario Lucio Fariña – the first time that this clásico had been played outside of Viña del Mar or Valparaiso. Going into the match Everton had recent form and history against them as they had lost their three matches and hadn’t defeated their opponents since 2006 but managed to pull off an impressive 3-0 victory. Everton’s goals came courtesy of Emiliano Romero, Alex Von Schwedler and José Luis Muñoz whilst Santiago Wanderers’ finished the match with ten men after Ezequiel Luna picked up his second yellow card in the 77th minute. The win sees Everton move up to tenth on the table whilst Santiago Wanderers stay in seventh.
The clásico action continued in the weekend’s next match as Audax Italiano defeated Palestino 1-0 in the clásico de colonias. The solitary goal of the game came in the 68th minute as Sebastián Sáez equalled Carlos Villaneuva’s 2007 record of scoring in five consecutive matches. The win sees Audax Italiano move up to twelfth position position, one spot above their opponents.
In Saturday’s penultimate match saw Universidad Católica continue their impressive record of having never lost to Iquique in the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquimbo as they drew 1-all with the northerners. Both goals came in the opening half with Enzo Andía’s 38th minute goal cancelled out by Rodrigo Díaz seven minutes later. The result ended Iquique’s run of three consecutive losses and sees the move from the bottom of the table. Meanwhile los cruzados will be ruing a missed opportunity to go top of the table following Unión Española’s loss earlier in the weekend.
In the day’s final match San Marcos de Arica return to the winners’ list for the first time since week two and kept their slim hopes of staying in the Primera Division alive as they defeated Rangers de Talca 1-0 in the Estadio Bicentenario Carlos Dittborn. A 70th minute goal to Nelson Contreras proved to be the difference between the two teams as San Marcos look to improve their poor coeficiente de rendimiento percentage, which sees them at the bottom of said table.
On Sunday three matches kicked off at 4pm with Cobreloa maintaining their dominance of the clásico del cobre with a 4-1 win over Cobresal in the first of these matches. Cobresal’s Jean Paul Pineda opened the scoring for the home side in the 28th minute but second half goals to Gastón Lezcano, Pablo González, Marcos Sebastián Pol and René Lima ensured Cobreloa’s seventh consecutive win over their rivals. All Cobreloa’s goals came after Cobresal were reduced to ten men following the sending off of Diego Silva in the 49th minute. The loss sees Cobresal drop back into the second last position on the coeficiente de rendimiento table whilst Cobreloa remain in fifth on the table, but only three points behind top position.
Unión La Calera recorded their third successive win and move to within four points of the summit of the table with an 2-0 victory over Ñublense in the second of the 4pm kickoff matches. First half goals to Maximiliano Bajter and Joao Ortiz and two penalty saves by goalkeeper Alejandro Becerra sees them move to sixth position and gives them hope of picking up their first ever Primera Division title. Meanwhile for Ñublense they will be ruing their missed opportunities but will be fairly comfortable with their current position of eighth.
The third of the 4pm kickoffs saw the biggest shock of the round as Antofagasta recorded only their second win over Universidad de Chile in their last thirteen meetings in the north of the country with a 4-2 over los azules in the Estadio Bicentenario Calvo y Bascuñan. The hero of the day was Javier Elizondo who scored all four of Antofagasta’s goals whilst Isaac Díaz and Juan Ignacio Duma were on the scoresheet for La U. The loss sees Universidad de Chile drop to fourth position on the table whilst for Antofagasta they move up to third last on the coeficiente de rendimiento table.
In the weekend’s final match Colo Colo and Huachipato shared the spoils in a two-all draw in the Estadio Monumental. First half goals to Carlos Muñoz and Gonzalo Fierro were cancelled out by efforts from Braian Rodriguez and Felipe Reynero in the second. The result does little for the positions of either team and they both can pretty much right off this season as it currently stands.
Primera Division Torneo Transición 2013 , Round thirteen fixtures
U. Española 0-2 O’Higgins (C. Escobar (OHI) 18′, L.P. Figueroa (OHI) 56′)
Everton 3-0 S. Wanderers (E. Romero (EVE) 18′,A. Von Schwedler (EVE) 29′, J.L. Muñoz (EVE) 77′)
A. Italiano 1-0 Palestino (S. Sáez (AI) 68′)
U. Católica 1-1 Iquique (E. Andía (UC) 38′, R. Díaz (IQQ) 45′)
SM Arica 1-0 Rangers (N. Contreras (SMA) 70′)
Cobresal 1-4 Cobreloa (J.P. Pineda (CBS) 28, G. Lezcano (CBA) 51′, P. González (CBA) 69′, M.S. Pol (CBA) 74′, R. Lima (CBA) 90′)
Ñublense 0-2 U. La Calera (M. Bajter (ULC) 9′, J. Ortíz (ULC) 29′)
Antofagasta 4-2 U. de Chile (I. Díaz (UDC) 8′, J. Elizondo (ANT) 28′, 49′, 56′ & 87′, J.I. Duma (UDC) 86′)
Colo Colo 2-2 Huachipato (C. Muñoz (CC) 14′, G. Fierro (CC) 43′, B. Rodriguez (HUA) 60′, F. Reynero (HUA) 71′)