Campeonato Apertura 2013: Week Three Review

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Week three of the Apertura saw the perfect starts of Universidad Católica, Rangers and O’Higgins all come to an end whilst Universidad de Chile and Colo Colo picked up their first points of the season. Meanwhile last season’s champions Unión Española created a piece of unwanted history as they slumped to their third consecutive loss.

After disposing of Bolivian side Real Potosi midweek in the Copa Sudamericana, Universidad de Chile made it two wins a row with their first win of the Apertura season with a 3-0 victory over Cobresal in the Estadio Santa Laua in the opening match of the round.. La U’s first two goals came in the opening half courtesy of Ramon Fernández and Rubén Farfan before new signing Patricio Rubio added a third in the dying minutes of the match.

In Saturday’s opening fixture, Universidad Católica’s perfect start came to an end at the hands of Universidad de Concepción, who in turn picked up their first points of their Apertura campaign. Los cruzados’ favourite son Milovan Mirosevic opened the scoring in the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquimbo in the 51st minute before a Diego Ruiz goal five minutes before time ensured that the honours would be shared.

Much of the talk after the game was the performance of young star Nicolás Castillo, whose lack of effort drew the ire of the home fans. Meanwhile Saturday’s match was Cristopher Toselli’s 71st consecutive match for Universidad Católica, the most consecutive games by any player in the competition.

Saturday’s next match saw Marcos Sebastián Pol open his scoring account for Santiago Wanderers with a brace in their two-all draw with Palestino in the Estadio La Cisterna, a match that was only witness by a paltry 1709 spectators. Pol’s goals came in the 55th and 62nd minutes and were sandwiched in between goals to Palestino’s Sergio López and Roberto Gutiérrez. Wanderers finished with nine men on the pitch as Jorge Ormeño and Óscar Opazo both received red cards but still managed to maintain their unbeaten start to the season as did their opponents.

Saturday’s penultimate match also saw Rangers’ perfect start to the season brought to an end but unlike Universidad Católica earlier in the day theirs came to an end in the form of a 3-1 loss to Everton rather than a draw. Everton’s goals came courtesy of Nicolás Peñailillo and Ángel Rojas, who scored a brace, whilst Rangers’ solitary goal came courtesy of Esteban Ciachheri.

In the final match on Saturday O’Higgins became the third and final team to lose their perfect record after they drew one-all with Audax Italiano in the Estadio Bicentenario La Florida. Omar Salazar opened the scoring for Audax Italiano in the 28th minute before Pablo Calandria equalised in the 56th minute. Despite the draw both teams still maintain their unbeaten starts to the season.

In Sunday’s opening fixture Gustavo Benitez finally picked up his first point in the league in charge of Colo Colo as they shared the spoils with Antofagasta in the Estadio Bicentenario Calvo y Bascuñán in yet another one-all draw. It was a Emiliano Vecchio goal seven minutes before full time that cancelled out Cristián Canío’s effort in the 65th minute for Antofagasta and ensured los albos wouldn’t spend another week at the foot of the league ladder.

Unión La Calera secured their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Ñublense in the Estadio Nicolás Chahuán. Goals to Maximiliano Bajter and Carlos Ross were enough for los cementeros to see off their winless opponents with  Lucas Triviño’s 80th minute effort proving to be little more than a consolation goal.

In the weekend’s next match Unión Española created history for all the wrong reasons as they became the first champion to lose the first three matches of the following season after they lost 2-1 to Iquique in the Estadio Tierra de Campeones. It was an 88th Cristián Bogado winner that helped Iquique pick up their first win of the season after Sebastián Jaime scored his side first goal of the season in the 41st minute to cancel out Jonathan Rebolledo’s 28th minute opener. After losing Patricio Rubio midweek, Unión Española manager José Luis Sierra will be hoping they can find an adequate replacement before the championship hangover drags on any longer.

The week’s action drew to its conclusion in the Estadio CAP with the fifth draw of the round as Huachipato shared the spoils with Cobreloa in a scoreless draw despite the best efforts of both sides.

Primera Division Torneo Apertura 2013 , Round three fixtures

U. de Chile 3-0 Cobresal (R. Fernández (UCH), R. Farfán (UCH) 39′, P. Rubio (UCH) 90′ +1)
U. Católica 1-1 U. Concepción (M. Mirosevic (UC) 51′, D. Ruiz (UDC) 85′)
Palestino 2-2 S. Wanderers (S. López (PAL) 36′, M.S. Pol (SW) 55′ & 62′, R. Gutiérrez (PAL) 68′)
Everton 3-1 Rangers (N. Peñailillo (EVE) 6′, E. Ciaccheri (RAN) 52′, Á. Rojas (EVE) 73′ & 91′)
A. Italiano 1-1 O’Higgins (O. Salazar (AI) 28′, P. Calandria (OHI) 56′)
Antofagasta 1-1 Colo Colo (C. Canío (ANT) 65′, 83′ E. Vecchio (CC) 83′)
U. La Calera 2-1 Ñublense (M. Bajter (ULC) 37′, C. Ross (ULC) 54′, L. Triviño (NUB) 80′)
Iquique 2-1 U. Española (J. Rebolledo (IQQ) 28′, S. Jaime (UE) 41′, C. Bogado (IQQ) 88′)
Huachipato 0-0 Cobreloa

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