Following the international break in which we saw Chile qualify for its second successive World Cup action returned on the domestic front with things being much the same before the break. Both O’Higgins and Universidad Católica maintained their position at the top of the tree with a four point buffer to Cobresal in third as they both picked up wins on Saturday afternoon.
The weekend’s action kicked off on Friday night at the Estadio Bicentenario La Florida with Ñublense consigning Audax Italiano to their fifth consecutive loss with a 2-0 victory. Benjamin Ruiz opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with a header before Luciano Vásquez completed the scoring in the 72nd minute. The fifth consecutive loss proved too much for Audax president Lorenzo Antillo who sacked manager Jorge Luis Ghiso in the aftermath.
Saturday’s action started with second clásico de colonias in as many rounds as Unión Española secured their first home win of the season with a 2-1 defeat of Palestino in the Estadio Santa Laura. Roberto Gutierrez opened the scoring for Palestino on the hour mark but their lead was short lived as Jorge Ampuero equalised three minutes later and in the process broke a drought of four hundred and forty minutes in which la furia roja hadn’t scored at home. Seven minutes before full time a Diego Scotti volley secured his team’s second clásico de colonias win in a row and their fifth win of the season.
In the day’s next match O’Higgins continued their bid for a first ever Primera Division title with a 1-0 victory over Universidad de Concepción. In what was a stop-start match that had its fair share of spite it was Pablo Hernández goal on the stroke of half time that proved to be the difference between the two sides. It was Hernández’s third goal in as many matches and it helped los celestes return briefly to the top of the table.
O’Higgins time at the top of the table didn’t last long as fellow title contenders Universidad Católica returned to the summit with a 2-0 victory over Santiago Wanderers in the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquimbo in Saturday’s penultimate match. Wanderers, who came into the match off the back of three successive matches, held off their opponents until their opponents until the 79th minute when Michael Rios opened the scoring. Things then got worse for Ivo Basay’s team four minutes later when Sebastián Mendez was given his marching orders. Ismael Sosa, who currently is in contract negotiations with los cruzados, then sealed the win in the third minute of injury time.
In the day’s final match Universidad de Chile stretched their unbeaten run in the league to ten matches with a 3-0 victory over Iquique in the Estadio Tierra de Campeones. Charles Aránguiz was the star of the show for los azules scoring his team’s first two goals, both of them free kicks, before Isaac Díaz sealed all three points with an 80th minute effort and continued La U’s run of having not lost to Iquique in the Primera Division.
Sunday saw Unión La Calera end a run of eight matches without a win as they defeated Everton 2-0 in the Estadio Nicolás Chahuán. La Calera opened the scoring courtesy of Hugo Bascuñan in the eighteenth minute with things not getting any better for los ruleteros in the 32nd minute when Nelson Vera was given a straight red card for foul on Fabian Saavedra. Leandro Banegas then ensured that Everton’s losing streak would stretch to four matches when he connected with a Carlos Ross cross.
Another team to end a streak on Sunday were Rangers who end a six match losing streak with a 2-0 victory over Antofagasta in the Estadio Calvo y Bascuñan. Getting on the scoresheet for the team from Talca were Mauricio Gomez and Fabian Bordagaray who scored in the 41st and 56th minutes respectively.
In a round where streaks were prevalent Huachipato’s winless streak stretched to six matches as they lost 1-0 to Cobresal. The only goal of the game came in the 84th minute via Alvaro Navarro and sees the team from El Salvador move to third position on the table, a position of rarity when compared to recent seasons where they have struggled to avoid relegation.
The weekend’s action drew to its conclusion in the Estadio Monumental with Colo Colo inflicting a third consecutive loss on Cobreloa with a 2-1 victory. It was Felipe Flores 91st minute winner against his former side that secured his teams’s second win in a row. Flores’ goal came after teammate Emilio Hernández’s opened the scoring in the 21st minute before Jonathan Chave equalised in the 61st minute.
Primera Division Torneo Apertura 2013 , Round eleven fixtures
A. Italiano 0-2 Ñublense (B. Ruiz (NUB) 32′, L. Vásquez (NUB) 72′)
U. Española 2-1 Palestino (R. Gutiérrez (PAL) 59′, J. Ampuero (UE) 63′, D. Scotti (UE) 83′)
U. Concepción 0-1 O’Higgins (P. Hernández (OHI) 45′)
U. Católica 2-0 S. Wanderers (M. Ríos (UC) 79′, I. Sosa (UC) 90′ +3)
Iquique0-3 U. de Chile(C. Aránguiz (UDC) 37′ & 70′, I. Díaz (UDC) 80′)
U. La Calera 2-0 Everton (H. Bascuñán (ULC) 18′, L. Benegas (ULC) 53′)
Cobresal 1-0 Huachipato (Á. Navarro (CBS) 84′)
Antofagasta 0-2 Rangers(M. Gómez (RAN) 41′, F. Bordagaray (RAN) 56′)
Colo Colo 2-1 Cobreloa (E. Hernández (CC) 21′, J. Chaves (CBA) 61′, F. Flores (CC) 90′ +1)