After the international break attention once again turned the Primera Division and it was pretty much status quo as both Universidad Católica and Cobreloa continued their unbeaten starts to the season and look the two teams most likely to fight it out for this season’s title.
The weekend’s action kicked off with a bang in the Bicentenario La Florida with a seven goal thriller as Antofagasta grabbed a surprise 4-3 win over Audax Italiano. Five of the game’s seven goals came within the opening thirty minutes with Antofagasta’s Michael Silva grabbing himself a hat-trick, which was his first ever, in that period. Getting on the scoresheet in the opening half hour were Rafael Olarra and Marco Medel. Luis Valenzuela extended the visitor’s lead shortly after the break before Diego Vallejos gave Audax Italiano some hope with ten minutes remaining.
In Saturday’s opening match a ninetieth minute Miguel Escanlo goal denied Unión La Calera all three points against Palestino in the Estadio La Cisterna after Rodrigo Gattas had given the visitors the lead just after half time.
In the day’s next match Colo Colo returned to winning ways with a 3-0 defeat of Rangers de Talca in the Estadio Fiscal de Talca, the first time they had managed to put three goals past their opponents since 1998. Doing the damage on the scoresheet for los albos were Gonzalo Fierro, Nicolás Canales and Esteban Pavez although Fierro put paid to his good work by earning a straight red card in the 53rd minute.
Iquique stretched their unbeaten run to three matches with a 2-0 victory over Santiago Wanderers in the Estadio Nicolás Chahuán. Manuel Villalobos was the hero for los dragones celestes with a goal either side of the half time break.
Saturday’s penultimate match saw Cobreloa stretch their unbeaten record to twenty-five matches with a 1-0 victory over Unión Española in the Estadio Santa Laura. This is Cobreloa’s second longest unbeaten stretch since 1992, when they went twenty-six games unbeaten. The only goal of the game came in the 31st minute came courtesy of José Pérez.
Saturday’s final encounter saw O’Higgins pick up their first win in four matches with a 1-0 victory over Ñublense in the Estadio La Pintana. The only goal of the game came in the seventh minute via Pablo Calandria, who scored his fifth goal of the campaign.
Universidad de Chile’s up and down season continued as they lost 2-1 to Everton in the Sunday’s opening fixture. Charles Aránguiz opened the scoring at the Estadio Bicentenario Lucio Fariña in the eighth minute and they held that lead until the shadows of half time when Emiliano Romero equalised for los ruleteros. The home side then took the lead early in the second half courtesy of Fernando Saavedra and held that lead until the full time whistle to stretch their unbeaten run at home against La U to seven matches and give their manager Marco Antonio Figueroa plenty to think about.
Four goals in the last half hour saw Universidad Católica maintain their position at the top of the table after they defeated Huachipato in the Estadio CAP. Inspirational captain Milovan Mirosevic opened the scoring for Católica in the 60th minute before Nicolás Castillo added two of his own and Enzio Andia rounded things off in the 90th minute. Not helping matters for Huachipato was the sending off of Claudio Muñoz, who picked up his second yellow card in the 70th minute, only twelve minutes after picking up his first.
Primera Division Torneo Apertura 2013 , Round seven fixtures
A. Italiano 3-4 Antofagasta ( 0-1, 8′ M. Silva (ANT) 8′, 18′ & 30′, R. Olarra (AI) 13′, M. Medel (AI) 22′, L. Valenzuela (ANT) 53′, D. Vallejos (AI) 80′)
Palestino 1-1 U. La Calera (R. Gattas (ULC) 47′, M. Escalona (PAL) 90′)
Rangers 0-3 Colo Colo (G. Fierro (CC) 16′, N. Canales (CC) 44′, E. Pavez (CC) 89′)
S. Wanderers 0-2 Iquique (M. Villalobos (IQQ)44′ & 55′)
U. Española 0-1 Cobreloa (J. Pérez (CBA) 31′)
O’Higgins 1-0 Ñublense (P. Calandria (OHI) 7′)
Everton 2-1 U. de Chile (C. Aránguiz (UDC) 8′, E. Romero (EVE) 44′, F. Saavedra (EVE) 51′)
Cobreloa 2-1 Rangers (J. Chaves (CBA) 23′, P. Vegetti (RAN) 29′, G. Lezcano (CBA) 75′)
Huachipato 0-4 U. Católica (M. Mirosevic (UC) 60′, N. Castillo (UC) 72′ & 81′, E. Andía (UC) 90′)