Campeonato Apertura 2013: Week Thirteen Review

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Following the conclusion on week thirteen it was status quo at the top of the table as Universidad Católica maintained their three point advantage over O’Higgins, who are still five points clear of Universidad de Chile in third place after all three teams picked up wins on the weekend. The weekend also saw the goals flying in with 35 being scored over the nine matches, the most of any round so far this season.

The weekend’s action kicked off in the Estadio CAP early Friday evening where Universidad de Concepción ended Hector Tapia’s perfect run in charge of Colo Colo with a 4-1 defeat. Universidad de Concepción got off the mark in questionable circumstances in the eleventh minute from a Gabriel Vargas penalty after he was adjudged to have been fouled by los albos keeper Justo Villar, although replays suggested there wasn’t any contact. Before Colo Colo could even blink they found themselves two down as Diego Ruiz finished off a ruthless counter-attack in the fourteenth minute. Ruiz then scored his second of the afternoon and team’s third just after the half hour mark as he was given too much time and space to fire home from the edge of the area. José Pedro Fuenzalida pulled one back for the visitors in the 69th minute before Juan Cabral scored the home team’s fourth in injury time to secure their fifth win of the season.

In Friday’s second match Palestino returned to the winners’ list with a 3-2 win over Rangers in the Estadio Bicentenario Fiscal de Talca. It was an 85th minute César Valenzuela goal that broke the hearts of the home fans after a Gervesio Nuñez brace had cancelled out goals by Roberto Gutierrez and Sergio López for the visitors.

In Saturday’s opening match O’Higgins bounced back from their last start loss to Colo Colo with a 4-0 thumping of Cobresal in the Estadio El Cobre. All four goals came in the second half in the space of twenty-one minutes courtesy of four different goal scorers in the form of Pablo Calandria, Alejandro López, Pablo Hernández from the penalty spot and Francisco Pizarro.

Next up the goalscoring feats continued as Universidad de Chile put their controversial loss to Universidad Católica last week behind them with a 3-0 defeat of Unión La Calera in the Estadio Nicolás Chahuán. Like the match before all their goals came in the second with a 72nd minute Sebastián Ubilla goal was sandwiched in between an Isaac Díaz brace.

In the day’s penultimate match Unión Española stretched their unbeaten run to four matches with a 3-1 defeat of Santiago Wanderers in the Estadio Santa Laura. The home side started the better of the teams but it was the visitors who took the lead in the twentieth minute as Marco Sebastian Pol’s long range effort took a massive deflection of an Unión defender that left keeper Diego Sánchez completely wrong footed. Their lead didn’t last long as an unmarked Sebastián Jaime headed home a Matías Abelairas cross a minute later. La furia roja then took the lead eighteen minutes later as Jaime grabbed his second of the afternoon with low drive across Mauricio Viana in the Wanderers goal. The home side’s dominance continued in the second half and in the 82nd minute Jaime completed his hat-trick and ensured all three points for his team.

In the day’s final match Audax Italiano secured their first win since the first round of the season as they defeated 4-1 in the Estadio Bicentenario La Florida. Gamadiel Garcia opened the scoring for the home side in the eighteenth minute before Felipe Mora doubled the advantage five minutes before half time. After the break Iván Vazquez made it three in the 59th minute with a long range effort before some poor marking allowed Juan Cornejo to head home his team’s fourth in the 73rd minute Ángel Rojas grabbed a late consolation for Everton in the 86th minute but could nothing to dampen the celebrations of the home fans.

On Sunday the action kicked off in the north of the country as Antofagasta hosted Huachipato and Iquique took on Ñublense. In the Estadio Calvo y Bascuñan Antofagasta made it two wins in a row with a 1-0 victory over Huachipato with a 70th Marlón Fernandez proving to be the difference between the two sides.

Meanwhile in the Estadio Tierra de Campeones Iquique up their sixth win of the season with a 4-1 defeat of Ñublense. Getting on the scoresheet for los dragones celestes were Nicolás Ortiz, Santiago Romero, Rodrigo Díaz and Gerson Martinéz whilst for Ñublense Luciano Vásquez got his team’s only goal of the game. Los diablos rojos task wasn’t made any easier by the sending off of their goalkeeper Lucas Giovini in the 32nd minute.

In the weekend’s final match Universidad Católica maintained their three point lead at the top of the table with 2-1 defeat of Cobreloa in the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquimbo, their twelfth successive win over their opponents on their home turf. Michael Rios opened the scoring in the 28th minute for the home and despite dominating much of the play it was Cobreloa who equalised in the 75th minute courtesy of a Rene Lima. However, los cruzados grabbed all three points six minutes later when José Luis Muñoz found the beck of the net.

Primera Division Torneo Apertura 2013 , Round thirteen fixtures

U. Concepción 4-1 Colo Colo (G. Vargas (UDC) 11′, D. Ruiz (UDC) 14′ & 31′, J.P. Fuenzalida (CC) 69′, J. Cabral (UDC) 90 +2′)
Rangers 2-3 Palestino (R. Gutiérrez (PAL) 30′, G. Núñez (RAN) 41′ & 72′, Sergio López (PAL) 71′, C. Valenzuela (PAL) 85′)
Cobresal 0-4 O’Higgins (P. Calandria (OHI) 53′, A. López (OHI) 59′, P. Hernández (OHI) 67′, F. Pizarro (OHI) 74′)
U. La Calera 0-3 U. de Chile (I. Díaz (UDC) 50′ & 89′, S. Ubilla (UDC) 72′ )
U. Española 3-1 S. Wanderers (M.S. Pol (SW) 20′, S. Jaime 21′, 39′ & 82′)
Audax Italiano 4-1 Everton (G. García (AI) 18′, F. Mora (AI) 40′, I. Vásquez (AI) 59′, J. Cornejo (AI) 73′, Á. Rojas (EVE) 86′)
Antofagasta 1-0 Huachipato (M. Fernández (ANT) 70′)
Iquique 4-1 Ñublense (N. Ortiz (IQQ) 21′, S. Romero (IQQ) 57′, R. Díaz (IQQ) 77′; 3-1, L. Vásquez (NUB) 84′, G. Martínez (AI) 90′)
U. Católica 2-1 Cobreloa (M. Ríos (UC) 28′, R. Lima (CBA) 75′; 2-1, 81’ J.L. Muñoz (UC) 81′)

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