Campeonato Primera B Apertura 2013: Week Four Review

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The Primera B continued in a very un-Chilean fashion this week, with teams in five out of the six matches recording clean sheets and a paltry three red cards being handed out. In the north, San Luis hosted San Marcos de Arica in a top of the table clash whilst at the other end, third from last La Serena travelled to bottom side Union San Felipe with both teams looking to kick-start their seasons. In the south, it was another clash of first against second as newly promoted Deportes Temuco welcomed Curico Unido to the Estadio Municipal Bicentenario German Becker. At the other end, rock bottom Lota Schwager visited second bottom Barnechea in the hope of picking up their first points of the season.

Starting in the north, San Luis had their toughest test of the season yet as both they and recently relegated San Marcos had unbeaten records to uphold, with San Luis boasting three wins out of three. The contest was extremely tight and was settled by a 90th minute strike from San Luis striker Diego Auzqui, the Argentinian coming off the bench in the 67th minute to give the home side an extremely fortunate win. The three points see San Luis move five points clear at the top and stretch their winning streak to four.

The second game of the weekend saw Magallanes travel to Coquimbo, with last year’s semi-finalists rooted to the bottom of the north section. It looked like it was game over for Magallanes as two goals in 14 minutes, the first a 50th minute own goal from Sergio Moreno followed by a 64th minute strike from Cristian Rolando Ledesma, put them comfortably ahead. However, Magallanes were back in it just 14 minutes later, Paraguayan midfielder Luis Fernandez grabbing his first goal of the season, which was promptly followed by his second in the 84th minute, a comeback made all the more impressive after defender Javier Lemari was sent off in the 51st minute. However, all Magallanes’ hard work was undone in stoppage time, as Coquimbo’s Luis Fuentes snatched all three points for his side with virtually the last kick of the game. The win moves Coquimbo up to third while Magallanes languish in last place, with last year’s play-offs now a very distant memory.

The north’s final game was between bottom team Union San Felipe who hosted La Serena, both sides with just a single point to their names. Juan Andrade put San Felipe ahead in the 29th minute and it only looked like one team would win from there, with Sebastian Zuñiga doubling their lead on the stroke of half time. La Serena were handed a lifeline in the 64th minute after San Felipe defender Marco Espinoza was sent off for a straight red. However, the extra man barely made a difference and San Felipe held on comfortably for the win which sees them climb to fourth and La Serena drop to second bottom, ahead of Magallanes only on goal difference.

The south’s first game of the weekend saw Deportes Temuco aim to continue their fantastic start to newly-promoted life as they hosted top of the table Curico Unido in front of a huge Primera B crowd of 8000 people. Neither set of fans will have gone home too disappointed as the sides played out a relatively uneventful 0-0 draw, with the only real talking point being the straight red card for Temuco’s Arturo Sanhueza.  The result sees Curico Unido retain top spot ahead of Temuco by just a point.

The second game of the weekend saw Naval travel to Concepcion in an attempt to put a bit more breathing space between themselves and bottom side Lota Schwager. However, it was a performance of home dominance as a 20th minute goal by Roberto Castillo, followed by a strike 3 minutes after half time from Carlos Salom, saw Concepcion climb into third and level on points with second placed Temuco. For Naval, the win sees them with just three points and in danger of being dragged within two points of the bottom if Lota Schwager could pick up a result later that day.

The final game of the weekend saw Barnechea host the hapless and pointless Lota Schwager, who will have been encouraged by their first half performance which saw them go into the break at 0-0. However, shortly after the restart, any hope they had of picking up a result was quickly dashed as Luis Acuña gave Barnechea a 49th minute lead. From then on, Lota barely put up a fight and it was a question of when, not if, Barnechea would add a second. It was Manuel Simpertegui who eventually grabbed the second, with a goal in the 67th minute, to condemn Lota to three defeats out of three and keep them rock bottom of both the south section and the Coeficiente de Rendimiento. The three points move Barnechea up a place into fifth, just three points behind second in what could be a very tight season.

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