Campeonato Apertura 2013: Week Four Review

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Week four of the Apertura season saw the status quo remain at the top of the table with Universidad Católica, O’Higgins and Cobreloa all locked together on eight points. Meanwhile last season’s champions Unión Española are yet to pick up a point at currently sit at the foot of the table. There were better outcomes for Colo Colo and Cobresal with both teams picking up their first wins of the season whilst Ñublense came agonising close to doing the same.

The weekend’s action kicked off on Friday night with O’Higgins playing host to Everton in the Estadio Monumental. The “home” side opened the scoring in the 62nd minute courtesy of Francisco Pizarro and had the three points pretty much in the bag before a calamitous Alejandro López own goal in the 89th minute allowed Everton a share of the spoils.

Unión Española’s horror start to the Apertura season continued in Saturday’s opening match as they slumped to their fourth consecutive loss with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Huachipato in the Estadio Santa Laura. It was two goals in six minutes midway through the second half to Lucas Simón and Mauricio Yedro that ensured that Huachipato would pick up their first win of the season and that their opponents would remain the only team without a point after four points.

Cobreloa maintained their unbeaten start to the season in Saturday’s next match consigning Santiago Wanderers to their first defeat of the season with a 2-1 victory in the Estadio Bicentenario Calvo y Bascuñan. Cobreloa took the lead courtesy of Jonathan Chaves in the 36th minute, seven minutes after Wanderers were reduced to ten Andrés Robles was given his marching orders. Cristián Gaitan added a second in the 47th minute before Matías Donoso grabbed what was to be little more than a consolation goal in the 80th minute.

Another team to pick up their first win of the season in the fourth week of action was Universidad de Concepción who defeated Palestino 2-0 in front of their home fans in the Estadio Collao. Both of las penquistas’ goals came via Gabriel Vargas in the 55th and 70th minutes, the first of which came from the penalty spot. Sandwiched in between Vargas’ brace was the sending off of Palestino’s Miguel Escalona in the 62nd minute which didn’t do the visitors any favours.

An 86th Matías Jadue goal meant that Universidad Católica maintained their unbeaten start to the season and their position at the top of the table after they drew one-all with Audax Italiano in the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquimbo. Boris Rieloff opened the scoring in the 33rd from an indirect free kick inside the penalty area after los cruzados goalkeeper Cristopher Toselli was adjudged somewhat controversially to have handled a misplaced back pass.

Both teams finished with ten men after Audax’s Juan Cornejo was given a straight red card in the 66th minute whilst Gonzalo Sepulvelda managed to pick up two yellow cards after coming on as a substitute in the 72nd minute, the second of which came in the second minute of injury time and helped deny a winner for Audax Italiano.

Saturday’s final match saw the honours shared in the Estadio Fiscal de Talca as Rangers came back twice from a goal down to draw two-all with Unión La Calera. Maximiliano Bajter opened the scoring in the opening minute for the visitors before Sebastián Sciorilli equalised on the stroke of half time. The remaining two goals came within the opening fifteen minutes of the second half with Rodrigo Gattas doing the damage for La Calera whilst Esteban Ciachieri grabbed Ranger’s second goal of the game.

An 88th minute Isaac Díaz equaliser saved the blushes of Universidad de Chile as they drew two-all with the winless Ñublense in the Estadio Bicentenario Nelson Oyarzún in what was an entertaining encounter on Sunday afternoon. All the goals came in the second half with Pablo Parra opening the scoring in the 52nd minute before Juan Rodrigo Rojas equalised eleven minutes later. Sebastián Varas’ 69th minute goal looked to have broken los diablos rojos duck this season but that hope disappeared with Díaz’s late goal.

Whilst Ñublense were unable to break through for their first win of the season, Cobresal had no such worries as they grabbed all three points in a 2-0 victory over fellow northerners Antofagasta. Their goals came courtesy of Mariano Torres in the 32nd minute and Carlos Herrera on the stroke of half time.

Another team to grab their first win of the season in round four were Colo Colo who did it in style with a 4-1 victory over Iquique in the weekend’s final match with Emiliano Vecchio playing a starring role. Cristián Bogado opened the scoring in the first minute for Iquique but that was as good as it got for los dragones celestes as by the time the half time whistle blew they were 3-1 down courtesy of goals to Gonzalo Fierro, Vecchio and Jose Pedro Fuenzalida. It was until the 89th minute that los albos put the icing on the cake when Felipe Flores scored their fourth of the afternoon.

Primera Division Torneo Apertura 2013 , Round four fixtures

O’Higgins 1-1 Everton (F. Pizarro (OHI) 62′; 1-1, 89′ A. López (OHI) (og)89′)
U. Española 0-2 Huachipato (L. Simón (HUA) 68′, M. Yedro (HUA) 74′)
Cobreloa 2-1 S. Wanderers (J. Chaves (CBA) 36′, C. Gaitán (CBA) 47′, M. Donoso (SW) 80′)
U. Concepción 2-0 Palestino (G. Vargas (UDC) 55′ & 70‘)
U. Catolica 1-1 A. Italiano (B. Rieloff (AI) 33′, M. Jadue (UC) 86′)
Rangers 2-2 U. La Calera (M. Bajter (ULC) 1′, S. Sciorilli (RAN) 45′, Rodrigo Gattas (ULC) 55′, E. Ciachieri (RAN) 59′)
Ñublense 2-2 U. de Chile (P. Parra (NUB) 52′, J.R. Rojas (UCH) 63′, S. Varas (NUB) 69′, I. Díaz (UCH) 88′)
Cobresal 2-0 Antofagasta (M. Torres (CBS) 34′, F. Saavedra (CBS) 90′ +2)
Colo Colo 4-1 Iquique (C. Bogado (IQQ) 1′, G. Fierro (CC) 18′, J.P. Fuenzalida (CC) 44′; 3-1, E. Vecchio (CC) 45′, F. Flores (CC) 89′)

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