Campeonato Clausura 2014: Week Ten Review

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The Colo Colo juggernaut rolled on in the latest round of Clausura action with Unión La Calera the latest victim with the chasing pack in the form of Universidad Católica and O’Higgins both picked up wins, the latter defeating Universidad de Chile. Meanwhile in clásico news, Unión Española maintained their recent dominance over Audax Italiano in the clásico de colonias with their first win in five matches.

Round ten’s action kicked off on Thursday afternoon with Palestino bringing Huachipato’s run of two consecutive wins to an end with a 2-1 victory in the Estadio La Cisterna. All the goals came in the second half with Renato Ramos’ 46th minute header opening the scoring for Palestino before David Llanos levelled things up for Huachipato eighteen minutes later. Three minutes later Cesar Valenzuela restored Palestino’s lead and it was a lead they held to the final whistle securing them fourth position on the table. Meanwhile Huachipato’s loss ensured they are still in danger of relegation sitting in second last position on the coeficiente de rendimiento table.

Following on from the loss last week in the clásico porteño Santiago Wanderers parted way with manager Ivo Basay and with interim manager Hector Robles in charge they shared the spoils with Ñublense in Thursday night’s second match with a one-all draw. Luciano Vásquez opened the scoring in the thirteenth minute for Ñublense but turned from hero to villian just after the half time break as he was given straight red card. It took until the 72nd minute but Wanderers made the most of their numerical advantage as Marco Sebastian Pol levelled things with a header.

Thursday’s final match was the clásico de colonias in which Unión Española stretched its unbeaten run over Audax Italiano with a 3-2 victory in the Estadio Santa Laura as the visitors finished the match with nine men. The win, which was Unión’s first win in five matches, came courtesy of a brace to Gustavo Canales whilst Carlos Salom continued his good goalscoring form with the other. Canales’ second goal came in the 88th minute after Audax had been reduced to nine men with sendings off of goalkeeper Jaime Bravo, for handling the ball outside the area, and Cristian Oviedo which came shortly after Felipe Mora’s second goal of the night levelled things up in the 61st minute.

There were no fixtures on Friday night and Saturday’s action commenced in the afternoon with Universidad de Concepción and Antofagasta splitting the points in a one-all draw in the Estadio  Municipal de Yumbel. Pedro Muñoz opened the scoring for Universidad de Concepción in the nineteenth minute before Juan Gonzalo Lorca levelled things up in the 50th minute.

The next match of the day saw O’Higgins put paid to Universidad de Chile’s title aspirations with a 1-0 victory in the Estadio Bicentenario Nelsón Oyarzún, the first time these two had ever met in this stadium. The only goal of the game came in the 25th minute courtesy of Alejandro Lopez free kick and keeps O’Higgins’ hopes of consecutive titles alive.

A Manuel Villalobos hat-trick in the final match of the day saw Iquique defeat Cobreloa 5-2 in the Estadio Tierra de Campeones. Villalobos scored the opening three goals of the game in the 16th, 27th and 48th minutes before Cristian Gaitan pulled one back in the 52nd minute. Pablo Gonzalez added a fourth for Iquique in the 68th minute and Gerson Martinez a fifth in the 83rd minute which sandwiched a Gabriel Mendez effort in the 77th minute for Cobreloa. The loss stretches Cobreloa’s unbeaten run to five matches whilst Iquique move up to fourth on the table.

Sunday’s opening encounters saw Colo Colo score five goals in a match for the third time this season with Unión La Calera being the victim this time as they went down 5-1 in the Estadio Bicentenario Francisco Sánchez Rumoroso. Felipe Flores opened the scoring from an Emiliano Vecchio free kick in the 33rd before Esteban Paredes doubled the advantage ten minutes later from the penalty spot, stretching his scoring streak to seven matches in the process. Luis Pavez added two more for Colo Colo after the break before Paulo Rosales scored a consolation goal in the 77th minute before Paredes scored his second goal of the afternoon, once again from the penalty spot, three minutes later.

Everton’s mini-revival was brought to an end in El Salvador as Nelson Acosta’s team went down 2-0 to Cobresal in the Estadio El Cobre. Both goals were scored by Paraguayan Ever Cantero with his goals coming in the 7th and 65th minutes, the first of which came after a series of twelve passes. The loss once again puts Everton in danger of relegation as they sit in third last position in the coeficiente de rendimento table marginally ahead of Huachipato and Rangers.

The aforementioned Rangers were in action in the match of the day and their position at the bottom of the coeficiente de rendimiento table was confirmed with a 2-0 loss at the hands of Universidad Católica. Dario Botinelli opened the scoring for los cruzados in the 27th minute but they should have been already a goal to the good after an earlier Alvaro Ramos effort came off the crossbar and crossed the goal line before bouncing out. Their second goal came in the 66th minute courtesy Milovan Mirosevic and had a touch of offside about the build up but can probably be seen as some consolation for the disallowed goal earlier in the match.

Primera Division Torneo Clausura 2014 , Round ten fixtures

Palestino 2-1 Huachipato (R. Ramos (PAL) 46′ , D. Llanos (HUA) 64′, C. Valenzuela (PAL) 67′)
S. Wanderers 1-1 Ñublense (L. Vásquez (NUB) 13′, M.S. Pol (SW) 72′)
U. Española 3-2 A. Italiano (G. Canales (UE) 6′ & 88′, F. Mora (AI) 17′ & 61′, C. Salom (UE) 42′)
U. Concepción 1-1 Antofagasta (P. Muñoz (UDC) 19′, J.G. Lorca (ANT) 50′)
O’Higgins 1-0 U. de Chile (A. López (OHI) 25′)
Iquique 5-2 Cobreloa (M. Villalobos (IQQ) 16′, 27′ & 48′, C. Gaitán (CBA) 52′, P. González (IQQ) 68′, G. Méndez (CBA) 77′, G. Martínez (IQQ) 83′)
U. La Calera 1-5 Colo Colo (F. Flores (CC) 33′, E. Paredes (CC) 43′ & 80′, L. Pavez (CC) 57′ & 69′, P. Rosales (ULC) 77′)
Cobresal 2-0 Everton (E. Cantero 7′ & 65′)
Rangers 0-2 U. Católica (D. Botinelli (UC) 27′, M. Mirosevic (UC) 66′)

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