Campeonato Apertura 2013: Week Two Review


Three teams in the form of O’Higgins, Universidad Católica and Rangers de Talca have maintained their perfect starts to the Apertura season whilst three big names in the form of Unión Española, Universidad de Chile and Colo Colo are yet to register a win with two rounds gone.

O’Higgins made it two wins from two in the weekend’s opening match as they defeated Antofagasta 2-1 in the Estadio Monumental. Goals to Gonzalo Barriga in the 16th minute and Francisco Pizarro’s in the 80th sandwiched Javier Elizondo’s 33rd minute effort for Antofagasta.

Also joining O’Higgins in maintaining a perfect start to the season was Universidad Católica, who defeated Unión Española 1-0 in the Estadio Santa Laura in Saturday’s opening match. Ismael Sosa’s 48th minute goal ensured that la furia roja become the first champion since Santiago Wanderers in 1969 to lose their opening two fixtures of the following season. Sosa’s goal also ensured that los cruzados have now scored in thirty consecutive matches in the Primera Division.

Speaking of the aforementioned Santiago Wanderers, they managed to maintain their unbeaten start to the season after they drew 0-0 with Audax Italiano in the Estadio Nicolás Chahuán. The draw came despite Wanderers finishing the match with nine men although to be fair the dismissals of Gastón Cellerino and Mauricio Prieto came in the 85th and 90th minutes respectively.

Another team to maintain their unbeaten start to the season was Palestino who drew one-all with Universidad de Chile in the Estadio Nacional and ensuring that Marco Antonio Figueroa’s poor start in charge of La U continued without a win. Both goals came in the space of two minutes in the first half as Roberto Gutiérrez opened the scoring in the 35th minute for Palestino before Ruben Farfán equalised two minutes later.

Saturday’s final match saw Rangers join both O’Higgins and Universidad Católica in making it two wins from after they defeated Huachipato 1-0 in the Estadio Bicentenario Fiscal de Talca. The only goal of the game came in the 61st minute courtesy of Pablo Vegetti and ensured that Huachipato are without a point after two rounds.

Sunday saw two matches kick of at 3:30pm with Cobresal hosting Iquique, Ñublense taking on Cobreloa whilst the scheduled match between Universidad de Concepción and Unión La Calera was cancelled after heavy rain made the pitch unplayable. In the Estadio El Cobre, a 0-0 draw between Cobresal and Iquique meant that the home side have not beaten their opponents since the second round of the 1990 season.

Meanwhile Cobreloa and Ñublense shared the spoils in the Estadio Bicentenario Nelson Oyarzún with an one-all draw. Pablo González opened the scoring for Cobreloa in the 24th minute before Sebastián Varas equalised for Ñublense in the 71st minute. The result means Cobreloa remain unbeaten whilst los diablos rojos picked up their first point of the season.

They might have won midweek in the Copa Sudamericana but Colo Colo’s poor start to the Apertura season continued in the weekend’s final match as they lost 1-0 to Everton in the Estadio Monumental. Everton’s win, their first against Colo Colo at the Monumental since the 2004 Clausura season, came despite playing an hour with a man disadvantage after Emiliano Romero was given a straight card in the 30th minute. The only goal of the game came in the 68th minute courtesy of Juan Carlos Lescano.

Primera Division Torneo Apertura 2013 , Round two fixtures

O’Higgins 2-1 Antofagasta (G. Barriga (OHI) 16′, J. Elizondo (ANT) 33′, F. Pizarro (OHI) 80′)
U. Española 0-1 U. Católica (I. Sosa (UC) 48′)
S. Wanderers 0-0 A. Italiano
Palestino 1-1 U. de Chile (R. Gutiérrez (PAL) 35′, R. Farfán (UCH) 37′)
Rangers 1-0 Huachipato (P. Vegetti (RAN) 61′)
Cobresal 0-0 Iquique
U. Concepción P-P U. La Calera
Ñublense 1-1 Cobreloa (P. González (CBA) 24′, S. Varas (NUB) 71′)
Colo Colo 0-1 Everton (J.C. Lescano (EVE) 68′)

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