Campeonato Clausura 2014: Week Five Review

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The goals flowed freely in week five of the Clausura with forty goals being scored across the weekend’s nine matches. Chief among the goalscorers were Universidad Católica and Colo Colo who both scored five goals each, the latter doing it for the second week in a row and currently sit two points clear at the top of the table.

The weekend’s opening match on Friday night saw Everton pick up their first points of the season with 3-2 win over Universidad de Concepción in the Estadio Municipal de Yumbel. Everton got off to a flyer and were two goals up within the first six minutes with Orlando Gutiérrez scoring from a spectacular chilenita (which was coincidentally was the 100th goal scored in the Clausura) after Matias Donoso had opened the scoring in the third minute breaking a 380 minute goal scoring drought for the club. Ángel Rojas added a third for the visitors in the 64th minute before goals to Gabriel Vargas and Sixto Peralta ensured Everton manager Nelson Acosta had some nervous moments before the full time visitor.

Following on from last week where both Universidad de Chile and Colo Colo both scored five goals in their respective match, Universidad Católica decided to get in on the act as they put five past Palestino in a 5-3 win in Friday’s second match. Dario Botinelli opened his account in the Chilean Primera Division in the seventh minute before adding a second eight minutes later. Sandwiched in between his two goals was an equaliser from Nicolás Suárez two minutes after Botinelli’s opener before Renato Ramos levelled things up once again in the 21st minute.

After the flurry of goals in the opening twenty minutes it took until the second half for more balls to find the back of the net and when they did they came in a flurry with Fernando Cordero, Fernando Meneses and Ramiro Costa getting on the scoresheet in the 51st, 59th and 64th minutes respectively. The eighth and final goal of the evening came in the 79th with Renato Ramos grabbing his second goal in what was little more than a consolation effort.

Saturday’s opening match saw a relatively late kick off for a Saturday match as O’Higgins secured its second successive win with a 2-0 defeat of Santiago Wanderers in the Estadio Monumental. Both goals came in the second half courtesy of former La U player Albert Acevedo, who headed home from a corner in the 69th minute before Luis Pedro Figueroa added a second four minutes before full time after Braulio Leal teed him up with a delightful backheel.

Iquique bounced back from last week’s hammering at the hands of Colo Colo with a 2-0 away defeat of Unión La Calera in the Estadio Nicolás Chahuán. The home side was up against it after Mario Berrios was given a straight red for a foul on Iquique’s Manuel Villalobos in only the eighth minute. Despite that they dominated much of proceedings and could consider themselves unlucky not to get on the scoresheet with efforts hitting the woodwork and being cleared off the line. It took until the 63rd minute before Iquique could make the most of their man advantage with Rodrigo Diaz opening the scoring with a sublime free kick that left La Calera’s goalkeeper Juan Marcelo Ojedo completely unmoved. Sixteen minutes later they had their second goal as Gerson Martinez sprung the offside trap before lobbing a stranded Ojedo.

Unión Española made it two wins in two matches in Saturday’s final match with a 3-2 defeat of Ñublense in the Estadio Santa Laura. Jose Luis Sierra has once again appeared to uncovered a gem from Primera B as former Deportes Concepción striker Carlos Salom put la furia roja two goals ahead at the half time break. Luciano Vasquez pulled a goal back seven minutes after the restart before Matias Campos Toro restored the two goal buffer only three minutes later with his first goal since his return to Chilean football. Miguel Angel Alba’s 82nd minute effort gave Ñublense some hope of grabbing a point but in the end the home side held on to secure all three points.

In Sunday’s opening fixture Cobresal and Rangers shared the spoils in a 2-all draw in the Estadio El Cobre. Michael Contreras opened the scoring for the home side in the eighteenth minute before Mauricio Gómez equalised for Rangers from the penalty spot eleven minutes later. Gómez then added a second in the 72nd minute before Patricio Jerez ensured the points would be shared when he found the back of the net eight minutes before full time.

Whilst Cobresal were unable to pick up all three points in front of their home fans, their clásico del cobre rivals Cobreloa had no such trouble as they saw off Audax Italiano 2-0 in the Estadio La Madirguera. It was goal in each half that did the damage for Cobreloa with Álvaro López opening the scoring in the 20th minute with a header with Gabriel Méndez scoring the second in the 68th minute.

Cristian Romero maintained his perfect start in charge of Universidad de Chile in the weekend’s penultimate match as they defeated Antofagasta 3-1 in the Estadio Bicentenario Calvo y Bascuñan. The star of the show was former Unión Española player Patricio Rubio who scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season in the 67th and 93rd minute after Antofagasta’s Michael Silva had cancelled out Ramon Fernández 42nd minute opener shortly after the half time break.

After scoring five goals away from home last weekend in their 5-2 rout of Iquique, Colo Colo repeated the dose on home turf this weekend past in the Estadio Monumental as they defeated Huachipato 5-3. Doing the damage for los albos was Esteban Paredes who scored a hat-trick with goals in the eleventh, 38th & 61st minute. Also getting on the scoresheet for the home side were Emiliano Vecchio and Mauro Olivi whilst Lucas Simon scored a brace for the visitors and Francisco Arrue scored a goal of his own.

Primera Division Torneo Clausura 2014 , Round five fixtures

U. Concepción 2-3 Everton (M. Donoso (EVE) 3, O. Gutiérrez (EVE) 6′, Á. Rojas (EVE) 64′, G. Vargas (UDC) 74′, S. Peralta  (UDC) 84′)
U. Católica 5-3 Palestino (D. Botinelli (UC) 7′ & 15′, N. Suárez (PAL) 9′, R. Ramos (PAL) 21′ & 79′, F. Cordero (UC) 51′, F. Meneses (UC) 59′, R. Costa (UC) 64′)
O’Higgins 2-0 S. Wanderers (A. Acevedo (OHI) 69′, L.P. Figueroa (OHI) 86′)
U. La Calera 0-2 Iquique (R. Díaz (IQQ) 63′, G. Martínez (IQQ) 79′)
U. Española 3-2 Ñublense (C. Salom (UE) 37′ & 45 +1′, L. Vásquez (NUB) 52′, M. Campos Toro (UE) 55′, M.Á. Alba (NUB) 82′)
Cobresal 2-2 Rangers (M. Contreras (CBS) 18′, M. Gómez (RAN) 29′ & 72′, P. Jerez (CBS) 82′)
Cobreloa 2-0 A. Italiano (Á. López (CBA) 20′, G. Méndez (CBA) 68′)
Antofagasta 1-3 U. de Chile (R. Fernández (UCH) 42′, M. Silva (ANT) 48′, P. Rubio (UCH) 67′ & 90 +3′)
Colo Colo 5-3 Huachipato (E. Paredes (CC) 11′, 38′ & 61′, E. Vecchio (CC) 32′, F. Arrué (HUA) 44′, L. Simón (HUA) 53′ & 90 +3′, M. Olivi (CC) 90 +2′)

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