Campeonato Clausura 2014: Week Six Review

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After forty goals last weekend it was a much more subdued affair in Week Six of the Clausura with just over a half of last week’s tally being scored eight of them being scored in the weekend’s last two matches. It was pretty much status quo as Colo Colo maintained their unbeaten start to the season and stay at the top of the table with another impressive whilst Cristian Romero’s perfect start in charge of La U came to an end.

Rangers de Talca kicked off proceedings in round six on Friday with a 2-1 win over Cobreloa in front of their home fans in the Estadio Bicentenario Fiscal. Francisco Alarcón got the scoring underway on the half hour mark with a twenty-five metre effort that left Cobreloa goalkeeper Sebastian Contreras with no chance. Cobreloa were back on level terms eight minutes later as he converted from the penalty spot before former Cobreloa defender Rodolfo Gonzalez came back to haunt his former team and ensure Rangers would pick up their second win of the season when he found the back of the net in the 79th minute.

In Friday night’s other match Unión La Calera returned to the winner’s list for the first time since the opening weekend with a 1-0 victory over Audax Italiano in the Estadio Bicentenario La Florida. The only goal of the game came in the second minute courtesy of Leandro Benegas, who also scored for the first time since netting four in that first round win bringing his tally for the season to five.

Whilst Unión La Calera got off the mark early in their match it took until late in the piece for Universidad Católica to get their winner in their 1-0 victory over Cobresal in the Estadio El Cobre. The only goal of the game came in the 89th minute via Dario Botinelli, who scored his second goal in as many games, and brought the home side’s side stout resistance to an end after they been reduced to ten men in the 28th minute after Eduardo Farias was given a straight red card for a foul on Alfonso Parot. The match also saw Mark Gonzalez make his return for Universidad Católica, pulling on their shirt for the first time since 2004 Apertura season.

In the day’s penultimate match Palestino and O’Higgins shared the spoils in the Estadio La Cisterna with a goal apiece. Palestino, who were coming into the match off the back of 5-3 at the hands of Universidad Católica, fell behind to Pablo Hernández’s 60th minute opener but managed to grab their share of the points three minutes before full time as Miguel Escalona’s header found the back of the net.

Also sharing the spoils were Everton and Antofagasta who also fought out 1-1 draw with Matías Donoso’s 81st minute equaliser cancelling out Javier Elizondo’s opener in the 43rd minute. The draw means Everton have gone two games unbeaten but they are still rooted to the bottom of the table and are currently second last on the coeficiente de rendimiento table and very much in danger of a return to Primera B.

After qualifying for the Copa Libertadores midweek, Universidad de Chile’s perfect run under Cristian Romero came to an end in Sunday’s opening match as they lost 2-1 to Santiago Wanderers in the Estadio Bicentenario Lucio Fariña meaning that La U have not defeated their opponents on their home turf since April 2007. It all started the right way for the visitors as Isaac Diaz scored his first goal of the season in the 31st minute after Wanderers goalkeeper Mauricio Viana palmed a Patricio Rubio effort straight into his path for an easy tap in. It took until the second half for the home side to get their equaliser as Leonard Valencia caught the los azules defence napping in the 51st minute. Boris Sagredo then beat Jhonny Herrera with an effort from just outside the area eighteen minutes before full time to ensure a memorable win for los caturros whilst La U will have to pick themselves for their midweek match against Defensor Sporting in the Copa Libertadores.

Next up we saw a preview of the Copa Chile final as Huachipato hosted Iquique in the Estadio CAP. During the week both teams had qualified for the final with Iquique seeing off Unión San Felipe whilst Huachipato needed a last minute David Llanos winner to deny Universidad Católica a shot at their third successive Copa Chile final. After what a pretty timid affair in the opening forty-five minutes it wasn’t until late in the match that there was a flurry of action. Iquique initially had a chance to open the scoring from the penalty in the 80th minute after Juan Carlos Espinosa was adjudged to have fouled Walter Mazzolatti. However, Huachipato goalkeeper Miguel Jimenez denied Miguel Zenteno but couldn’t do much four minutes as Gerson Martinez found the back of the net for the match winner from a Iquique corner.

After winning their three opening matches, Universidad de Concepción have now slumped to their third successive loss as they went down to 3-1 to Ñublense in the weekend’s penultimate match. It was los rojos diablos second consecutive win and came courtesy of goals to Jose Rojas and a brace to Luciano Vasquez. The visitors only goal came in the dying stages of the match as captain Gabriel Vargas found the back of the net with three minutes left on the clock.

The juggernaut that is Colo Colo continued as they saw off Unión Española 4-1 in the weekend’s final match in the Estadio Santa Laura. Whilst the 4-1 scoreline may look like a thrashing on paper it doesn’t take into account that the home side hit the woodwork three times and Colo Colo goalkeeper Justo Villar was in inspired form pulling off a number of crucial saves especially from Gustavo Canales. That being said los albos were themselves very impressive with Jaime Valdes getting a brace and Esteban Paredes scoring in his third consecutive match whilst Mauro Olivi put the final nail in the coffin late on in he piece. After numerous attempts Canales did finally find a way past Villar but it came in the 72nd minute and at the stage it was all a little too late for la furia roja.

Primera Division Torneo Clausura 2014 , Round six fixtures

Rangers 2-1 Cobreloa (F. Alarcón (RAN) 30′, G. Méndez (CBA) 38′, R. González (RAN) 79′)
A. Italiano 0-1 U. La Calera (L. Benegas (ULC) 2′)
Cobresal 0-1 U. Católica (D. Botinelli (UC) 89′)
Palestino 1-1 O’Higgins (P. Hernández (OHI) 60′, M. Escalona (PAL) 87′)
Everton 1-1 Antofagasta (J. Elizondo (ANT) 43′, M. Donoso (EVE) 81′)
S. Wanderers 2-1 U. de Chile (I. Díaz (UCH) 31′, L. Valencia (SW) 52′, B. Sagredo (SW) 71′)
Huachipato 0-1 Iquique (G. Martínez (IQQ) 84′)
Ñublense 3-1 U. Concepción (L. Vásquez (NUB) 25′ & 58′, J. Rojas (NUB) 78′, G. Vargas (UDC) 87′)
U. Española 1-4 Colo Colo (J. Valdés (CC) 9′ & 63′, E. Paredes (CC) 45′ +3, G. Canales (CC) 72′, M. Olivi (CC) 87′)

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