Campeonato Primera B 2013 Semi-Final Playoffs: Curicó Unido & U. de Concepción progress to final


Curicó Unido and Universidad de Concepción have both progressed to the Primera B promotion playoff to see who will gain promotion to the Primera Division after seeing off Magallanes and Coquimbo Unido respectively in their semi-final playoffs.

Universidad de Concepción were the first team to progress to the Primera B promotion playoff after they drew 1-1 with Coquimbo Unido at the Estadio Bicentenario Francisco Sánchez and thus triumph 4-2 on aggregate.

Needing score at least two goals to level the tie up Coquimbo Unido got off to the start they wanted with Argentinean defender Juan Grabowski opening the scoring after only nine minutes. The home dominated much of proceedings but were unable to find a way through a well organised Universidad de Concepción defence.

The killer blow for Coquimbo Unido came shortly after the hour mark as they were caught out by a rapid Universidad de Concepción counter-attack which saw Aníbal Carvallo find the back of the net courtesy of a Gabriel Vargas assist.

In the other semi-final Curicó Unido progressed to the final playoff after defeating Magallanes 1-0 in the Estadio La Granja thus winning the tie 3-1 on aggregate.

The only goal of the game came on the stroke of half time as Diego Churín slotted home a penalty after Javier Lameri brought down Christopher Díaz in the area. Things got worse for Magallanes in the second half as firstly they what appeared to be a perfectly good goal disallowed before Enzo Cabrera received his marching orders in the 74th minute after picking up his second yellow card of the evening.

The final between Universidad de Concepcion and Curicó Unido will take place over two legs with first leg taking place in the Estadio Collao on Wednesday night followed by the return leg on Sunday night in the Estadio La Granja. The winner of this final will be automatically promoted to the Primera Division whilst the loser will face off against the seventeenth placed team on the Primera Division coeficente de rendimiento table over two legs for another chance at top flight football.

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