Week sixteen proved to a watershed as three teams got knocked out of the title leaving only Unión Española and Universidad Católica to fight it out for the league title. Meanwhile at the other end of the table San Marcos de Arica was relegated from the Primera Division and Cobresal now faces a playoff to stay in the top flight of Chilean football.
The penultimate round of fixtures kicked off on Friday night in the Estadio Bicentenario La Florida with Everton continuing their impressive return to the Primera Division with a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Audax Italiano. Everton’s goals came courtesy of José Luis Muñoz, Luciano Goux and Diego Barrios in the 12th, 14th and 89th minutes respectively whilst Audax’s solitary goal came in the 88th minute via Bryan Carrasco. The win sees Everton move to sixth whilst Audax’s poor season continues in fifteenth position.
Saturday’s action began with a clásico as Palestino faced off with Unión Española in the clásico de colonias in the Estadio La Cisterna. And it was la furia roja who triumphed 2-1 with two goals in six minutes in the second half to stretch their unbeaten run over their rivals to nine matches. Palestino opened the scoring in the 23rd courtesy of Sergio López and for a time there it looked like that they would pick up a rare win over Unión Española. However the introduction of Diego Scotti at half time seemed to reinvigorate the league leaders and goals to Gustavo Canales in the 67th minute and Jorge Ampuero in the 73rd minute ensured that los hispanos would be still top of the table going into the final round of fixtures.
Following Unión Española’s win earlier in the day Cobreloa’s chances of a ninth Primera Division were mathematically put to bed but that stop them from claiming a 2-1 victory away to Unión La Calera in the Estadio Nicolás Chahuán. The home side opened the scoring in the 40th via Joao Ortíz before a second half brace to former Universiad Católica midfielder Francisco Pizarro gave los mineros their eighth win of the season. That win sees Cobreloa maintain fourth spot whilst La Calera drop to seventh on the table.
Whilst most of the weekend’s action was focussed at the top of the table the day’s next two matches had a significant impact on the bottom of the table with Colo Colo’s 2-0 victory over Cobresal condemning the latter to a promotion playoff whilst Antofagasta’s 3-1 win over San Marcos de Arica ensured their safety in the Primera Division and ensured that their opponents would be playing in the Primera B next season.
Colo Colo’s victory came courtesy of two goals in the first eleven minutes as Gonzalo Fierro and Carlos Muñoz scored in the ninth and eleventh minutes respectively. Cobresal’s efforts weren’t helped by a red card to Rodrigo Ramírez, who was given his marching orders only a minute after entering the field as a replacement for Juan Carvajal in the 61st minute. Los albos themselves also finished with ten after Juan Guillermo Domínguez was also given his marching orders in the 65th minute. The win sees Colo Colo move up to tenth position on the table whilst, as previously alluded to, Cobresal were condemned to a promotion playoff.
San Marcos de Arica’s brief return to the Primera Division unofficially came to an end at the hands of Antofagasta as los pumas triumphed 3-1 in the Estadio Bicentenario Calvo y Bascuñan. Javier Elizondo opened the scoring for Antofagasta in the 12th minute before Francisco Ibañez equalised twenty minutes later before Elizondo grabbed his second, four minutes before half time. Juan Luis González’s 67th minute goal put the final nail in the San Marcos coffin meaning that the team from Arica had one of the shortest stays in the Primera Division. Both teams finished with ten men as both Luis Cabrera and Daniel Briceño were given an early shower in the 79th minute.
Saturday’s action drew to its conclusion in the Estadio Lucio Fariña with Santiago Wanderers handing Ñublense their first away loss of the season with a 3-1 victory. Wanderers’ goals came courtesy of a brace to Matias Donoso after Leandro Torres had opened the scoring in the sixteenth minute whilst Juan Gutiérrez scored los diablos rojos only goal in the 72nd minute. The win which saw Wanderers move up to eighth on the table was only their second ever win over Ñublense with the other win coming way back in 1979. Meanwhile Ñublense dropped to eleventh following the loss.
Sunday was all about the clásico universitario and it was Universidad Católica who stamped their authority all over it with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Universidad de Chile and in the process dumped los azules out of the title race. The win which was los cruzados first win by a three goal margin in the clásico since 1996, came courtesy of goals to Michael Ríos, Ismael Sosa and Hans Martínez. It wouldn’t be a clásico without some red card action and neither team disappointed with Juan Ignacio Duma getting his marching orders in the 51st minute before Alfonso Parot joined him on the sidelines fourteen minutes later. The win sees Universidad Católica remain in the hunt for the title in second place only behind Unión Española on goal difference.
O’Higgins’ dreams of a first ever Primera Division title were brought to a crashing end in the weekend’s penultimate match as they went down 2-1 to Iquique in the Estadio Tierra de Campeones. All the goals came in the last twenty minutes with Manuel Villalobos opening the scoring for the home side in the 71st minute before Pablo Calandria equalised three minutes later. O’Higgins’ task then got harder when Mariano Ugglesich was given his marching orders in the 81st minute before Cristián Bogado ended their title aspirations with a 92nd minute winner.
The weekend’s action was brought to its conclusion with a goal fest in Talca as Rangers put five goals past Huachipato in a 5-2 win. Six of the game’s seven goals came in the first thirty three minutes with Rangers going a goal scoring spree that saw them find the back of the net four times in the space of thirteen minutes. They finished with five individual goal scorers as they stretched Huachipato’s winless record at the Estadio Bicentenario Fiscal de Talca to over seven years. The win sees Rangers move to ninth whilst Huachipato drop to thirteenth.
Primera Division Torneo Transición 2013 , Round sixteen fixtures
A. Italiano 1-3 Everton (J.L. Muñoz (EVE) 12’, L. Goux (EVE) 14’, B. Carrasco (AI) 88’, D. Barrios 89′ (EVE))
Palestino 1-2 U. Española (S. López (PAL) 23’, G. Canales (UE) 67’, J. Ampuero (UE) 73’)
U. La Calera 1-2 Cobreloa (J. Ortíz (ULC) 40’, F. Pizarro (CBA) 46’ & 73’)
Colo Colo 2-0 Cobresal (G. Fierro (CC) 9’, C. Muñoz (CC) 11’)
Antofagasta 3-1 SM Arica (J. Elizondo (ANT) 12’ & 41′, F. Ibáñez (SMA) 32’, J.L. González (ANT) 67′)
S. Wanderers 3-1 Ñublense (L. Torres (SW) 16’, M. Donoso (SW) 33’ & 73′, J. Gutiérrez (NUB) 72’)
U. Católica 3-0 U. de Chile (M. Ríos (UC) 26′, I. Sosa (UC) 47′, H. Martínez (UC) 49′)
Iquique 2-1 O’Higgins (M. Villalobos (IQQ) 71′, P. Calandria (OHI) 74′, C. Bogado (IQQ) 92′)
Rangers 5-2 Huachipato (F. Reynero (HUA) 14’, S. Varas (RAN) 18’, C. Garrido (RAN) 19’, J. Capelli (RAN) 21’, S. Sciorilli (RAN) 31’, N. Núñez (HUA) 33’, D. Martínez (RAN) 89’)
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