Campeonato Apertura 2013: Week Ten Review

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Universidad Católica returned to the top of the table after week ten of action of the Apertura season with a convincing win leapfrogging O’Higgins who had to share the spoils in an entertaining match with Universidad de Chile. Following close behind these two are the trio of Palestino, Cobreloa and Iquique who all sit three points back making for what is sure to closely fought last half of the season.

The weekend’s action kicked off in the south of the country with Huachipato playing host Palestino and it was two late goals to the latter securing a 2-0 victory and in the process secured their third successive victory and moved to within three points of the league leaders. Getting on the scoresheet for los arabes were Roberto Gutiérrez in the 79th minute and Pablo Tamburrini in the 88th minute.

Another team making it three wins in a row were Santiago Wanderers who followed on from their impressive clásico porteño win with a 3-2 victory over Ñublense in the Estadio Bicentenario Nelson Oyarzún in Saturday’s opening fixture. Boris Sagredo opened the scoring in the eighteenth minute for the visitors before Luis Vázquez equalised from the penalty spot on the half hour mark. The team from Valpairiso responded to the equaliser with two quick goalas from Gaston Cellerino and Mathiás Donoso in the 32nd and 37th minutes respectively. Los rojos diablos pulled a goal back in the 68th minute courtesy of Jonathan Cisternas but were able to grab a share of the spoils.

In the day’s next match Cobresal continued their good form of late with a 1-0 victory over Everton in the Estadio Lucio Fariña. It was a 56th minute Álvaro Navarro goal that proved to be the difference between the two teams. The loss, which was Everton’s third in a row, cost manager Victory Hugo Casteñada his job and he was replaced during the week by former Colo Colo manager Omar Labruna.

The day’s penultimate match was billed as one of the matches of the round and it didn’t disappoint with the honours being shared in an entertaining 1-all draw in the Estadio Nacional. Universidad de Chile target Pablo Hernández opened the scoring for O’Higgins in the 64th minute as he finished off a well worked counter attack. The lead didn’t last long with Sebastián Ubilla hitting back for los azules seven minutes later, which turned out to be the last goal of the match.

Saturday’s action drew to its conclusion in the Estadio Bicentenario La Florida with Unión Española continuing their up and down season with 2-0 defeat of Audax Italiano in the clásico de colonias. Unión Española, whose four wins for the season have all come away from home, opened the scoring in the 32nd minute courtesy of Francisco Castro before Sebastián Jaime sealed the deal in the 79th minute. The loss was Audax’s fourth in a row, their worst run of losses since the 2005 Apertura season where they lost six in a row.

Sunday’s action opened with a bang as Universidad Católica returned to their goalscoring best with a 5-1 thumping of Rangers in the Estadio San Carlos Apoquimbo. The star of the show for los cruzados was Nicolás Castillo who scored a brace and became his team’s leading goalscorer under manager Martin Lasarte with twenty-one goals. Also getting on the scoresheet for the home side were Hans Martinez, Enzo Andia and Ismael Sosa whilst Sebastián Sciorilli scored a late consolation for Rangers.

Whilst six goals were being scored in the nation’s capital up north only two were scored in the match that kicked off at the same time in the Estadio Calvo y Bascuñan between Antofagasta and Universidad de Concepción. Both of the game’s goals came in the second half with veteran Gabriel Vargas opening the scoring for the visitors in the 52nd minute before Javier Elizondo grabbed a late equaliser in the 87th minute for Antofagasta.

After going twenty-six matches unbeaten Cobreloa suffered their second successive loss going down 3-2 to fellow northerners Iquique. It was two late goals that did the damage for Iquique with goals to Santiago Romero and Cesar Pinares in the 82nd and 89th minutes that ensured they secured their fifth win of the season and joined Cobreloa and Palestino on eighteen points and only three points from the top of the table.

The weekend’s action drew to its conclusion in the Estadio Monumental with Colo Colo returning to the winners’ list for the first time in three weeks with a 2-0 victory over Unión La Calera. Both of los albos goals came in the first half courtesy of Javier Toledo and Nicolás Castillo and ensured that manager Gustavo Benitez who stay in his job for another week at least.

Primera Division Torneo Apertura 2013 , Round ten fixtures

Huachipato 0-2 Palestino (R. Gutiérrez (PAL) 79′, P. Tamburrini (PAL) 88′)
Ñublense 2-3 S. Wanderers (B. Sagredo (SW) 18, L. Vázquez (NUB) 30′, 32′ G. Cellerino (SW) 32′, M. Donoso (SW) 37′, J. Cisternas (NUB) 68′)
Everton 0-1 Cobresal (Á. Navarro (CBS) 56′)
U. de Chile 1-1 O’Higgins (P. Hernández (OHI) 64′, S. Ubilla (UCH) 71′)
A. Italiano 0-2 U. Española (F. Castro (UE) 32′, S. Jaime (UE) 79′)
U. Católica 5-1 Rangers (H. Martínez (UC) 24′; 2-0, 37′ N. Castillo (UC) 37′ & 71′, E. Andía (UC) 54′, I. Sosa (UC) 56′, S. Sciorilli (RAN) 86′)
Antofagasta 1-1 U. de Concepción (G. Vargas (UDC) 52′, J. Elizondo (ANT) 87′)
Cobreloa 2-3 Iquique (D. Silva (CBA) 10′, C. Bogado (IQQ) 17′, S. Roco (CBA) 56′; 2-2, S. Romero (IQQ) 82′, C. Pinares (IQQ) 89′)
Colo Colo 2-0 U. La Calera (J. Toledo (CC) 4′, N. Canales (CC) 36′)

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