Campeonato Primera B 2013: Week Thirteen Review

Magallanes-vs-Santiago-Morning

Game week 13, the penultimate round of fixtures, saw the first team from the south qualify for the final phase of the Primera B, while the battle for second place will go down to the last day. At the opposite end of the table, the two bottom placed teams were confirmed after both suffered defeats. In the north, there was the definition of a relegation six-pointer as bottom side Copiapo took on second bottom La Serena. At the top of the table, the fight for the top two will also go down to the last day with just one point separating Coquimbo Unido in first and Magallanes in third.

Starting in the south and Naval, who were looking good for the title until a few weeks ago, played host Concepcion who could also give themselves an outside chance of promotion with a win. The sides were level after 62 minutes, with Diego Sepulveda giving the home side the lead after a quarter of an hour and Roberto Castillo equalising for Concepcion just after the hour mark. However, that’s not where the action ended as four goals in the last ten minutes saw both sides take the lead then surrender it within a matter of minutes. Carlos Salom gave the away side the lead in the 80th minute only for Leonardo Ruiz to equalise seven minutes later. However, almost straight from the restart, Carlos Salom made it 3-2 to Concepcion and appeared to have snatched all three points, but Cristian Rolando (yes, really) Ledesma had other ideas, with the Paraguayan playmaker earning a point for his side with an equaliser in the 93rd minute. The draw was good news for Curico Unido, who were the team to sit out this round of fixtures, as it meant Naval in third could no longer catch them.

Second placed Universidad de Concepcion could close the gap on Curico to just one point with a win over second bottom Barnechea, who needed a win to have any chance of escaping the bottom two places. The game went with form and table position as Universidad de Concepcion recorded a comfortable 3-0 win, Anibal Carvallo and a Gabriel Vargas brace earning them the three points. The win means Universidad de Concepcion need just a point against bottom side Lota Schwager next weekend to secure second place. As for Barnechea, a win on the last day would do wonders for their Coeficiente de Rendimiento points tally but would still not guarantee their Primera B survival.

In the south’s final game, Union Temuco, who were still not safe from relegation, travelled to bottom team Lota Schwager who needed a win to have any hope of not finishing bottom. Temuco edged a tight encounter 1-0, with Nikolas Altamirano scoring his second goal in as many games. The result means Temuco are now safe from relegation and all but condemns Lota Schwager to a bottom placed finish.

In the North and starting with the first relegation six-pointer of the day, La Serena who were second bottom took on the last place Copiapo. La Serena knew a win would put them safe from relegation and they got off to the best possible start, Nicolas Pavlovich putting them ahead after just six minutes. However, it was all downhill from there as Copiapo equalised just nine minutes later through Diego Muñoz and took the lead 15 minutes from time after Cristian Olguin put the ball into his net. The defeat leaves La Serena bottom of the Coeficiente de Rendimiento, however a win against second bottom San Luis on the final day will make them safe. Victory for Copiapo means they have done everything they can do avoid finishing in the bottom two, but victory for either La Serena or San Luis next week could see them slip back down.

The second relegation six pointer of the day was between fourth placed Union San Felipe and fifth placed San Luis. Home side Union San Felipe knew a win would put an end to any relegation worries, however they got off to the worst possible start after Cris Martinez put San Luis ahead in the 21st minute. In the second half, San Felipe put their poor run of form behind them to come from behind and goals from Ignacio Geraldino and Jonathan Figueroa gave them a 2-1 win which assured them of their place in the Primera B next season. For San Luis, the defeat sees them drop to second bottom after Copiapo’s victory and they face a make or break final day match against La Serena.

In the north’s final game second placed Santiago Morning hosted third placed Magallanes, with both teams level on points before the start of play. The away side took the lead after 59 minutes through Paulo Cardenas and it stayed 1-0 until a crazy last six minutes. David Escalante put Santiago Morning back on level terms from the penalty spot in the 84th minute, only for Magallanes to go straight up the other end and regain the lead through Carlos Cisternas. However, Morning were not willing to give up second place and Escalante got his second of game in the 90th minute. The draw means Morning have to match or better Magallanes’ on the last day to secure second, however Morning have a tough tie as they travel to top side Coquimbo Unido.

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