We are officially into the second half of the Apertura season and for the first time in a number of weeks we have a outright leader in the form of O’Higgins who hold a two point advantage in their quest for their first ever Primera Division title as Cobreloa’s unbeaten run came to an end and Universidad Católica saw three points disappear in the dying minutes of their match against Iquique. The weekend also saw the clásico porteño which had plenty of drama in the form of five red cards and three goals.
The weekend’s action kicked off on Friday night in the Estadio Municipal La Pintana with O’Higgins made it three wins in a row with a 1-0 victory over Huachipato. In a game of ver chances it was a Pablo Hernandez 69th minute penalty proved to be the difference between the two teams.
In Saturday’s opening match Palestino brought Cobreloa’s twenty-six match unbeaten run came to an end with a 2-0 victory in the Estadio La Cisterna. It could have been worse for Cobreloa with both Roberto Gutierrez and Diego Chaves both missing penalties although the latter had already got his name on the scoresheet with a 40th minute goal whilst Javier Capelli put the match beyond doubt in the 74th minute. Not helping matters for the visitors was that they finished the match with nine men after both René Lima and Christian Gaitan both receiving straight red cards in the 41st and 63rd minutes respectively.
Despite opening the scoring in the second minute courtesy of Nicolás Canales it was another disastrous afternoon for Colo Colo in the Estadio El Cobre as they lost 3-1 to Cobresal. All of the home side’s goals came in the space of twenty minutes in the second half as first Ever Cantero opened the scoring in the 63rd minute before Mariano Torres and Johan Fuentes complete the come from behind victory with goals in the 72nd and 82nd minutes. The loss sees Colo Colo drop to third last of the table much to the mirth of rival fans, with many joking that los albos could be on their way to the Primera B.
The day’s final match saw one of only two draws for the round as Unión La Calera and Antofagasta shared the spoils in a 1-all draw in the Estadio Nicolás Chahuán. Rodrigo Gattas opened the scoring for the home side in the fifteenth minute before Juan Gonzalo Lorca capitalised on some lax defending to level things up in the 67th minute.
It was a bumper day of action on Sunday and Universidad de Concepción scored two goals in the last ten minutes to secure their second successive win and move to fifth position on the table with a 2-1 victory over Audax Italiano on home soil. Diego Vallejos opening the scoring just before the half hour mark for the home side and for much of the game it looked like they would secure all three points but goals to Andres Imperiale and Jose Luis Jiménez in the 80th and 85th minute put paid to that hope.
Last week we had the clásico del cobre and this week had the cláscio porteño between Santiago Wanderers and Everton. And true to cláscio form there were red cards, goals and controversial refereeing decisions as the match finished seventeen players on the pitch. Everton’s Alex Von Schwedler was first to receive his marching orders in the tenth minute after he was given a straight red card for elbowing Mathias Donoso in the head in an aerial challenge. Marcos Sebastian Pol then opened the scoring in the 34th minute before adding a second on the stroke of half time. Pol then was given his marching orders as Enrique Osses handing him a second yellow card for an over the top celebration after he took advantage of Francisco Alarcon defensive error.
The red cards continued in the second with both teams being reduced to nine men in the 54th minute when Everton’s Orlando Gutiérrez and Wanderers’ Sebastián Méndez clashed on the right wing. It got even worse for Everton as they were reduced eight men eleven minutes later after Francisco Dutari was given a straight red card for a stamp, with Mathias Donoso once again being on the receiving end. Oscar Opazo then completed the scoring in the 75th minute for the home side.
Rangers poor season continued in the weekend’s next match as they went down 3-0 to Ñublense in the Estadio Fiscal de Talca. A goal to Mathias Riquero and a brace to Jonathan Cisternas saw los rojos diablos secure their second successive win.
In the weekend’s penultimate match Unión Española title defence was effectively put to an end with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Universidad de Chile who bounced back from their elimination from the Copa Sudamericana with their third consecutive win in the league. Juan Ignacio Sillis opened the scoring for los azules in the twelfth minute as he bundled home a corner before Patricio Rubio scored against his former employers in the dying minutes of the match with both teams having chances in between.
In the final match of the weekend two goals in the dying minutes saw Iquique snatch a two-all draw with Universidad Católica in the Estadio Tierra de Campeones. José Luis Muñoz opened the scoring in the 22nd minute after his shot came off two defenders and completely wrong footed Iquique goalkeeper Rodrigo Naranjo. Muñoz then turned provider in the 44th minute as he provided the cross for Ismael Sosa to double the visitors lead. They held that two goal lead until the 90th minute when Gerson Martinez pulled one back before Manuel Villalobos equalised four minutes later to deny los cruzados their chance to go equal top.
Primera Division Torneo Apertura 2013 , Round nine fixtures
O’Higgins 1-0 Huachipato (P. Hernández. (OHI) 69′)
Palestino 2-0 Cobreloa (D. Chaves (PAL) 39′, J. Capelli (PAL) 73′)
Cobresal 3-1 Colo Colo (N. Canales (CC) 2′, E. Cantero (CBS) 63′, M. Torres (CBS) 72′, J. Fuentes (CBS) 82′)
U. La Calera 1-1 Antofagasta (R. Gattas (ULC) 15′, J.G. Lorca (ANT) 67′)
U. Concepción 2-1 A. Italiano (D. Vallejos (AI) 29′, A. Imperiale (UDC) 80′,J.L. Jiménez (UDC) 85′)
S. Wanderers 3-0 Everton (M.S. Pol (SW) 34′ & 45′ +3, Ó. Opazo (SW) 75′)
Rangers 0-3 Ñublense (M. Riquero (NUB) 4′, J. Cisternas (NUB) 63′ & 75′)
U. Española 0-2 U. de Chile (J.I. Sills (UCH) 12′, P. Rubio (UCH) 90′ +3)
Iquique 2-2 U. Católica (J.L. Muñoz (UC)22′. Sosa (UC) 44′, G. Martínez (IQQ) 90’M. Villalobos (IQQ) 90′ +4)