Campeonato Clausura 2014: Week Four Review

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After having a week off for Chile’s friendly against Costa Rica the Primera Division was back in action on the weekend with both Colo Colo and Universidad de Chile scoring five each in their respective wins whilst Universidad de Concepción’s perfect start came to an end. The weekend also saw both Unión Española and Antofagata pick up their first wins of the season whilst a change of manager didn’t change Everton’s fortunes.

The opening match of Round four on Friday night saw Universidad de Concepción’s perfect start to the season come to an end with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Palestino in the Estadio La Cisterna. Despite dominating much of the first half and creating numerous chances in the second it took Palestino until the 90th minute to grab the winner courtesy of Nicolás Suárez.

Saturday’s opening match also saw another late winner as Unión Española finally picked up their first win of the season with a 2-1 defeat of Huachipato in the Estadio CAP. Grabbing the winner in the 89th minue for la furia roja was Gustavo Canales, who had seen his 50th minute opener cancelled out by a David Llanos effort in the 81st minute. The win will be of much relief to Jose Luis Sierra and his men as they climb out of second last position on the table.

Unión La Calera celebrated their 60th birthday in the weekend’s next fixture with a 3-1 defeat of Rangers in the Estadio Nicolás Chahuán. Matías Rubio opened the scoring for the birthday boys in the 22nd minute before Mario Berrios added a second ten minutes later. However Rangers looked like they wanted to be party poopers as Maurcio Gómez pulled one back for the visitors in the 64th minute but it wasn’t to be as Berrios grabbed his second of the afternoon with another late goal in the 90th minute to ensure they celebrated their birthday in style.

Like Unión Española earlier in the day, Antofagasta also picked up their first win of the season after they saw off Cobresal by a solitary goal. Los pumas, who had drawn their opening three fixtures, had Christian Canio to thank for all three points with his 50th minute goals proving to be the difference between the two sides.

The day’s penultimate match saw Universidad Católica held to their second successive draw after they shared the spoils with Audax Italiano with a goal apiece in the the Estadio Bicentenario La Florida. The visitors opened the scoring in the 21st minute courtesy of Diego Rojas, who took advantage of Jaime Bravo mistake in the Audax goal.

The match turned on its head for the visitors in the 50th minute as los cruzados goalkeeper Cristopher Toselli was given a straight red card for handling outside the area as he looked to tidy up an Enzo Andia mistake. From the resultant free kick Marco Medel gave replacement goalkeeper Franco Constanzo no chance and the home side were back on level terms. The remaining forty or so minutes were an entertaining affair but neither team could break the deadlock.

The final match of the day saw Colo Colo bounce back from their last start draw in emphatic fashion as they demolished Iquique 5-2 in the Estadio Tierra de Campeones. After dominating much of the opening proceedings it took until the 37th minute for los albos to open the scoring courtesy of Emiliano Vecchio. Seven minutes later they had their second of the evening after Gonzalo Fierro sent Rodrigo Naranjo the wrong way from the penalty spot after Nicolas Ortiz was adjudged by referee Patricio Polic to have fouled Esteban Paredes in the area.

Two minutes after the break, Paredes, who had set up the opening goal, got one of his own before Felipe Flores made in four in the 55th minute. Manuel Villalobos pulled one back for los dragones celestes in the 64th minute but their night got worse in the 72nd minute as Mauricio Zenteno picked up his second yellow card of the afternoon. Fierro then grabbed his side’s fifth of the afternoon eight minutes before full time before Santiago Romero grabbed a late consolation for the home side in the 92nd minute.

A change of manager didn’t result in a change of fortunes for Everton in Sunday’s opening fixture as they went down 2-0 to Apertura champions, O’Higgins in the Estadio Bicentenario Lucio Fariña. Luis Pedro Figueroa was the star for the visitors as he set up Diego Chaves for the opener in the 47th before going on a slaloming run before finishing past Gustavo Dalsasso in the Everton goal in the 68th minute. The win sees los celeste maintain their unbeaten start to the season and remain in touching distance of the league leaders.

Whilst a change of manager didn’t do Everton any good, it definitely had the right effect for Universidad de Chile as they thrashed Ñublense in Cristian Romero’s first match in charge. It was Patricio Rubio who opened the scoring for los azules in the 22nd minute as headed home a Gustavo Lorenzetti cross. On the stroke of half time Ñublense were reduced to ten men after Jonathan Cisternas was giñven a second yellow card for simulation.

Shortly after the break Rubio made it two for the home side before Roberto Cereceda added a third in the 53rd minute. Fabian Carmona added a fourth in the 83rd minute after coming on as substitute, also joining him on the pitch were two debutants in the form of Matias Carruzo and Rodrigo Mora. The fifth and final goal of the game came in the 87th minute as Francisco Castro’s fierce drive proved too much for Lucas Giovini in the Ñublense goal.

The round came to its conclusion on Monday night with Santiago Wanderers and Cobreloa sharing the spoils in a two-all draw in the Estadio Bicentenario Lucio Farina. Boris Sagredo opened the scoring for Wanderers in the opening before Gabriel Mendez brought things back on parity in the 23rd minute from the penalty spot. That parity lasted all of three minutes before Nicolás Canales restored the home side’s advantage after some good build up work by Matias Mier and Agustin Parra. It looked for much of the second half that the team from Valpairiso would be walking away with all three points but Álvaro López had other ideas when he equalised in the 77th minute.

Primera Division Torneo Clausura 2014 , Round four fixtures

Palestino 1-0 U. Concepción (N. Suárez (PAL) 90′)
Huachipato 1-2 U. Española (G. Canales (UE) 50′ & 89′, D. Llanos (HUA) 81′)
U. La Calera 3-1 Rangers (M. Rubio (ULC) 22′, M. Berríos (ULC) 32′ & 90′, M. Gómez (RAN) 64′)
Antofagasta 1-0 Cobresal (C. Canío (ANT) 50′)
A. Italiano 1-1 U. Católica (D. Rojas (UC) 21′, M. Medel (AI) 52′)
Iquique 2-5 Colo Colo (E. Vecchio (CC) 37′, G. Fierro (CC) 44′ & 82′, E. Paredes (CC) 47′, F. Flores (CC) 55′, M. Villalobos (IQQ) 64′, S. Romero (IQQ) 90 +2′)
Everton 0-2 O’Higgins (D. Chaves (OHI) 47′, L.P. Figueroa (OHI) 68′)
U. de Chile 5-0 Ñublense (P. Rubio (UCH) 22′ & 48′, R. Cereceda (UCH) 53′, F. Carmona (UCH) 83′, F. Castro (UCH) 87′)
S. Wanderers 2-2 Cobreloa (B. Sagredo (SW) 1′, G. Méndez (CBA) 23′, N. Canales (SW) 26′, Á. López (CBA) 77′)

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