Campeonato Primera B Apertura 2013: Week Two Review

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The Chilean Primera B continued in relatively untypical Chilean style with just one game, Curico Unido /Lota Schwager, registering more than two goals, but there were still four red cards issued throughout the six games. However, the whole weekend was marred by a serious incident after Coquimbo fans became more than frustrated with their team’s poor start to the season, something which could be enhanced should they pick up a poor result in this weekend’s el clasico versus La Serena.

The weekend’s action in the north commenced as San Luis de Quillota hosted Coquimbo Unido in what was an extremely closely contested match. It took until the 74th minute before either side managed a breakthrough, and it was San Luis who took the lead through Paraguayan Cris Martinez. The striker then doubled the lead and sealed the three points in the 89th minute as San Luis confirmed top position as the only side to record two wins out of two. However, the weekend’s real news came as travelling Coquimbo fans surrounded the area of the stadium where their camp was gathered and threatened to kill players and coach Luis Musrri. Luckily, los carabineros, the Chilean police force, managed to quickly regain control and nobody was injured, but the incident will not be quickly forgotten in Chilean football.

The north’s second game of the weekend saw San Marcos de Arica host Union San Felipe in the weekend’s dullest encounter. The game finished 0-0, however San Marcos will feel as though they should have taken all three points as they dominated large parts of the encounter and will be disappointed to already be two points behind leaders San Luis, in particular as they faced just ten men after San Felipe’s Cantillana was sent off just after the hour mark.

The north’s final game saw last year’s second placed Magallanes take on last year’s second bottom side Copiapo, however last season’s gulf in class failed to show this time around as the two teams played out a 1-1 draw. Home side Copiapo took a well-deserved lead through Juan Albornoz in the 19th minute as they dominated the opening period. However, just seven minutes later Magallanes stemmed Copiapo’s attacking flow as striker Leonardo Olivera fired last year’s play-off semi-finalists onto level terms.

The south’s first game of the weekend saw Concepcion host Deportes Temuco for their first away game in Primera B for six years after last season’s promotion, and the visitors didn’t fail to disappoint as they picked up their first win of the season. They put last week’s disappointment of defeat behind them as recorded a dramatic 90th minute victory, with striker Francisco Flores scoring to register their first three points of the season.

Next up was Santiago Morning against last season’s bottom side Barnechea, and the capital based side failed to live up to their tag of favourites as the visitors showed some determination which was lacking last season. Morning took the lead in the 54th minute through Gonzalo Reyes, however 19-year-old Chilean midfielder Axl Silva equalised just five minutes later to give his side their first point of the season.

The weekend’s final game saw last season’s bottom side Lota Schwager travel to Curico Unido, and the away side continued their appalling run of form which already sees them all but relegated unless they dramatically turn their season around. Curico went ahead in the 32nd minute after Rodrigo Velez clumsily put the ball into his own net, but Renato Ramos put Lota Schwager back on level terms from the penalty sport. Lota’s hope of their first point of the season was quickly extinguished as last season’s star man Diego Churin put Curico back into the lead straight from kick-off.

Curico then went down to ten men in the 63rd minute as Nicolas Millan was sent off, and Lota Schwager will be disappointed to not have made their numerical advantage count. The numbers were levelled in the 90th minute as Lota’s centre back Humberto Bustamante let his frustration get the better of him and he was dismissed for his second yellow card. Lota Schwager remain rooted to the bottom of the south table and the Coeficiente de Rendimiento, and will need to start winning soon if they want to avoid relegation to the Segunda Division.

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