Week thirteen of the Clausura season proved to be unlucky for the big three teams in Chile as all suffered losses, most notably Colo Colo who succumbed to their first defeat of the season and have to wait a few more weeks yet to celebrate their thirtieth Primera Division title.
With no matches taking place on Friday night, it was an early kick off for Universidad de Chile and Unión La Calera in the Estadio Santa Laura. With an important Copa Libertadores encounter in the coming week, Universidad de Chile rested a number of key players which their opposition took advantage of with a 1-0 win courtesy of Luis Casanova’s 72nd minute goal. It was an important win for La Calera as it takes them out of the relegation zone for the time being.
One team that is well and truly stuck in the relegation zone is Rangers and their scoreless draw with Palestino in the Estadio La Cisterna did them no favours in that regard.
Next up Universidad Católica lost their second match in as many weeks as they went down 2-1 to Cobreloa in the Estadio Calvo y Bascuñan, with the latter now unbeaten in their last three matches. Goals to Jose Perez and Gustavo Cristaldo put the home side two goals to the good after an hour before Tomas Costa grabbed a late consolation for the visitors.
With one eye on their midweek clash in the Copa Libertadores, Unión Española rested a number of key players in their 4-0 loss to Santiago Wanderers in the Estadio Bicentenario Elias Figueroa which brought Saturday’s action to its conclusion. Getting on the scoresheet for the Wanderers were Gaston Cellerino and Leonardo Valencia, who both scored a brace for the home side in what looks to be an important win in their quest to avoid being dragged into the relegation zone.
There were three matches kicking off at 4pm on Sunday afternoon and in the first of these O’Higgins came from two goals down to defeat Cobresal 3-2, with the latter finishing the match with eight players on the pitch. O’Higgins’ slow starts of late have been costing them valuable points and once again they conceded early goals, this time it was Paraguayan Ever Cantero doing the damage with goals in the seventh and fourteenth minutes. Fortunately for los celestes they were back on level terms before the break with Pablo Hernandez, who came on as a substitute in the 23rd minute for the injured Juan Cobo, involved in both of them. He scored O’Higgins’ first in the twenty-sixth minute before being fouled for Diego Chaves’ penalty twelve minutes later.
The opening fifteen minutes of the second half were diabolical for Cobresal finding themselves down to eight men and a goal down come the sixtieth minute. Carlos Herrera picked up his second yellow card just after the break before Osman Huerta put O’Higgins ahead in the 51st minute. Seven minutes later Mariano Torres also picked up his second yellow card of the afternoon before Ever Cantero was handed a straight red a minute later. Fortunately for Cobresal, O’Higgins were unable to make the most of their three man advantage and the scored remained at 3-2 when the final whistle blew.
Meanwhile Huachipato’s resurgence under Mario Salas as they defeated Antofagasta 4-1 in the Estadio CAP. The match started off with a bang with four of the game’s five goals happening in the opening seventeen minutes. A brace to David Llanos put Huachipato 2-0 inside eight minutes before Javier Elizondo pulled one back from the penalty spot on the quarter hour mark. Francisco Arrue restored Huachipato’s two goal advantage two minutes later before completing his brace in the 80th minute to ensure his team’s fourth win in six matches as they look to avoid relegation. They are currently sitting in third last position on the coeficiente de rendimiento table but are now with some momentum going into the latter stages of the season.
Ñublense pulled off somewhat of a shock with a 3-0 victory over Iquique in the Estadio Bicentenario Nelson Oyarzún in the last of the matches kicking off at 4pm. Getting on the score sheet for los rojos diablos were Sebastian Varas (30′), Luciano Vasquez (47′) and Tomas Lanzini (70′). The result meant Iquique passed up on a great opportunity to join both Universidad Católica and O’Higgins on 25 points but still maintain their position of fourth on the table.
In the round’s penultimate match Colo Colo’s unbeaten run came to an end against Universidad de Concepción with the latter coming from a goal down to triumph 2-1 in the Estadio Monumental in a match that had its share of controversy. Los albos took the lead on the stroke half courtesy of an Esteban Paredes free kick but goals in the second half to Pedro Muñoz and Leonardo Monje ensured that the team from Concepción would extend their unbeaten run to six matches against the Chilean giants. Rubbing salt into the wound for Colo Colo was the late sending off of Esteban Paredes, who was none too pleased over the non-awarding of penalty late on and he will now miss the superclásico against Universidad de Chile next weekend.
The weekend’s final match took place in the Estadio Elias Figueora with Everton and Audax Italiano sharing the spoils in a 1-all draw, a result that did neither team any favours in terms of avoiding relegation come the season’s end. Bryan Carrasco opened the scoring for Audax in the 33rd minute but his goal was cancelled out by a 84th minute penalty by Emiliano Romero, which was earned after veteran defender Rafael Olarra had handled the ball in the penalty area earning him a red card in the process. The result sees Audax Italiano drop into one of the relegation spots in the coeficiente de rendimiento table whilst Everton only sit three positions ahead of them in a group of three teams on the same percentage.
Primera Division Torneo Clausura 2014 , Round thirteen fixtures
U. de Chile 0-1 U. La Calera (L. Casanova (ULC) 72′)
Palestino 0-0 Rangers
Cobreloa 2-1 U. Católica (J. Pérez (CBA) 22′, G. Cristaldo (CBA) 60′, T. Costa (UC) 88′)
S. Wanderers 4-0 U. Española (G. Cellerino (SW) 28′ & 57, L. Valencia (SW) 45 +1′ & 80′)
O’Higgins 3-2 Cobresal (E. Cantero (CBS) 7′ & 14′, P. Hernández (OHI) 26′, D. Chaves (OHI) 38, O. Huerta (OHI) 50′)
Huachipato 4-1 Antofagasta (D. Llanos (HUA) 2′ & 8′, J. Elizondo (ANT) 15′, F. Arrué (HUA) 17′ & 80′)
Ñublense 3-0 Iquique (S. Varas (NUB) 30′, L. Vásquez (NUB) 47′, T. Lanzini (NUB) 70′)
Colo Colo 1-2 U. Concepción (E. Paredes (CC) 45 + 2′, P. Muñoz (UDC) 54′, L. Monje (UDC) 67′)
Everton 1-1 A. Italiano (B. Carrasco (AI) 33′, E. Romero (EVE) 84′)