Campeonato Apertura 2013: Week Six Review

Futbol, Universidad Catolica vs Cobresal

After last week’s glut, goals were once again at a premium in the Primera Division with twenty-goals scored over the weekend’s nine matches. The weekend also saw Universidad Católica maintain their unbeaten start to the season as well as their two point advantage at the top of the table. Following behind them are Cobreloa who have themselves have opened a three point lead over the rest of the field. It is not a happy place at the Estadio Monumental after another defeat sees Colo Colo suffering one of their worst starts to a season.

After finishing off last weekend’s action suffering a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Universidad de Chile, Antofagasta bounced back in the best possible way in this round as they defeated Everton 2-0 to kick off this weekend festivities on Friday night. Javier Elizondo kick started proceedings in only the third minute before Luis Cabrera added a second in the 61st minute after Everton keeper parried an Elizondo straight into his path.

Ñublense were denied their first win of the season by a 94th minute José Luis Jiménez equaliser as they drew two-all with Universidad de Concepción in the Estadio CAP to open proceedings on Saturday. Felipe Muñoz opened the scoring for the team from Concepción in the 32nd minute after Ñublense goalkeeper spilled a Fernando Manriquez free kick onto his foot. Goals to Adán Vergara and Sebastián Varas in the 43rd and 61st minutes respectively gave Ñublense the lead and it looked like they would pick up the three points but were denied by the late Jiménez goal.

The honours were also shared in Saturday’s next encounter as Audax Italiano drew one-all with Unión La Calera in the Estadio Nicolás Chahuán. The game’s opening goal came in the 55th minute courtesy of Audax Italiano’s Omar Zalazar only seven minutes after their opponents had been reduced to ten men after Matías Grandis received a red card for clumsy challenge on Audax keeper Jaime Bravo. Audax’s lead was short lived as Maximiliano Bajter hit back for the home side only two minutes later.

In Saturday’s penultimate match Universidad Católica maintained their unbeaten start and their recent good goalscoring record as they saw off Cobresal in the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquimbo. Cobresal, who themselves have had a better than usual start to the season, managed to hold of the table topping los cruzados with some help from goalkeeper Leonel Cuerdo until the 51st minute when half time substitute José Luis Muñoz found the back of the net. Ismael Sosa then added a second in the 69th minute before Nicolás Castillo added a third three minutes only minutes after Michael Rios had hit the post from the penalty spot.

In the day’s final match Palestino bounced back from their last start thrashing at the hands of Universidad Católica with a 1-0 victory over the previously unbeaten O’Higgins in the Estadio Monumental. The only goal of the game came in the fifteenth minute via Sergio López although O’Higgins did have their chances with Braulio Leal having a goal bound effort spectacularly cleared off the line by Diego Rosende whilst Pablo Calandria was denied by goalkeeper José Quezada.

On Sunday Unión Española continued their mini-resurgence with a 2-0 victory over the struggling Colo Colo in the Estadio Monumental. Goals to Patricio Vidal in the 24th minute and Gustavo Canales in the 55th minute secured la furia roja’s fourth consecutive win over los albos and their second successive clean sheet, which were a hallmark of their championship season. Meanwhile the knives will almost certainly out for Colo Colo manager Gustavo Benitez especially after the Chilean giants elimination from the Copa Sudamericana midweek.

Cobreloa overcame the midweek disappointment of their elimination from the Copa Sudamericana and kept the pressure on Universidad Católica at the top of the table with a 2-1 victory over Rangers in the Estadio Calvo y Bascuñan.

Jonathan Chaves got the scoring underway in the 23rd minute from the penalty spot after Rangers’ charismatic goalkeeper Nicolás Peric gave a penatly and was given a straight red card for a dangerous foul on Cobreloa striker Hugo Droguett. Pablo Vegetti levelled things up six minutes later before Gastón Lezcano scored the winner in the 75th minute.

Meanwhile in the Estadio Tierra de Campeones Iquique and Huachipato shared the spoils in a one-all draw with both teams finishing the match with ten men. Manuel Villalobos opened the scoring for Iquique just before half time and five minutes into the second half they went a man up after Huachipato goalkeeper Nery Veloso was given a straight red card for handling the ball outside the area.

Iquique’s man advantage lasted all of eight minutes as Christian Bogado picked up his second yellow card literally only seconds after his first after giving the referee a serve in the 58th minute. Huachipato’s Daniel González then levelled things up on the scoreboard as he found the back of the net in the 68th minute with nicely taken volley.

In the weekend’s last match Santiago Wanderers came back twice from a goal down to secure a two-all draw with Universidad de Chile in the Estadio Nacional. All the goals came in the second half with Charles Aranguiz opening the scoring for La U from the penalty spot in the 54th minute before Marco Sebastián Pol levelled things up  seven minutes later with a spectacular volley.

Last week’s four goal hero turned villian this week as he picked his second yellow card on the afternoon in the 80th minute for simulation to earn himself an early shower. His expulsion didn’t stop the goals as Ruben Farfán put the home side up five minutes later after getting on the end of an excellent Juan Rodrigo Rojas through ball. However it wasn’t to be for los azules as Matias Donoso grabbed an equaliser two minutes later.

Primera Division Torneo Apertura 2013 , Round six fixtures

Antofagasta 2-0 Everton (J. Elizondo (ANT) 3′, L. Cabrera (ANT) 61′)
U. Concepción 2-2 Ñublense (F. Muñoz (UDC) 32′, A. Vergara (NUB) 43′, S. Varas (NUB) 61′, J.L. Jiménez (UDC) 90′ +4)
U. La Calera 1-1 A. Italiano (O. Zalazar (AUD) 55′, M. Bajter (ULC) 57′)
U. Catolica 3-0 Cobresal (J.L. Muñoz (UC) 51′, I. Sosa (UC) 69′, N. Castillo (UC) 72′)
O’Higgins 0-1 Palestino (S. López (PAL) 15′)
Colo Colo 0-2 U. Española (P. Vidal (UE) 24′, G. Canales (UE) 55′)
Cobreloa 2-1 Rangers (J. Chaves (CBA) 23′, P. Vegetti (RAN) 29′, G. Lezcano (CBA) 75′)
Iquique 1-1 Huachipato (M. Villalobos (IQQ) 43′, D. González (HUA) 68′)
U. de Chile 2-2 S. Wanderers (C. Aranguiz (UCH), M.S. Pol (SW) 61′, R. Farfán (UCH) 85′, M. Donoso (SW) 87′)

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