It was an action packed weekend in the Primera Division with much attention on the superclásico, whilst at the other end of the table there were important wins for Unión La Calera, Audax Italiano and Rangers has they look to avoid the drop to the Primera B.
In Friday’s match which kicked off fourteenth week of action in the Clausura season Antofagasta kept their slim hopes alive of competing in the end of season liguilla with a 1-0 victory over Ñublense in the Estadio Calvo y Bascuñán wit the only goal of the game coming in the 88th minute courtesy of Luis Valenzuela.
Cobreloa’s recent resurgence continued in Saturday’s opening fixture with Miguel Sanhueza’s 94th minute winner proving to be the difference in their 2-1 defeat of O’Higgins in the Estadio La Madriguera de Calama, their first win against their opponents in their last eight meetings. With one eye of their midweek Copa Libertadores fixture, O’Higgins fielded a much weakened side and found themselves a goal behind in the tenth minute courtesy of a Benjamin Vidal own goal. They were back on level terms in the 49th minute courtesy of Raul Órdenes before Sanhueza’s late effort made it three wins in a row for the northerners.
Rangers kept their slim chances of survival in the Primera Division alive in the day’s next game as they defeated Santiago Wanderers 1-0 in the Estadio Fiscal del Talca. The only goal came in the 25th minute courtesy of Jean Paul Pineda before the match ended in a flurry of red cards with Wanderers’ Gaston Cellerino and Leonardo Valencia and Rangers’ Juan Silva all receiving their marching orders in the latter stages of the match. Silva’s red card came only four minutes after he had come on as a substitute.
Another team in danger of relegation is Huachipato and they didn’t do themselves any favours when they conceded a 91st minute goal to Universidad de Concepción as the match finished with both teams scoring a goal apiece. David Llanos opened the scoring in the 39th minute with his ninth goal of the season after he finished off some excellent work from Lucas Simon and they looked set for a valuable three points before Diego Ruiz popped up in the 91st minute to grab a share of the spoils for Universidad de Concepción. The result leaves Huachipato just one place above the relegation spots and a nervous few weeks await the 2012 Clausura champions.
The team that sits below Huachipato on the coeficiente de rendimiento table and in one of the relegation spots is Everton, who suffered a 3-1 loss to Universidad Católica in the day’s final game. Coming off the back of consecutive losses los cruzados were looking to bounce back against los ruleteros and could have been ahead in the opening minutes but Dario Botinelli had his penalty saved by Everton goalkeeper Gustavo Dalsasso. However they were soon ahead as Fernando Cordero finished off a sweeping move after only nine minutes later. Botinelli then redeemed himself on the half hour mark with a superb free kick and ensured his team would go into the break with a two goal advantage. Matias Donoso took avantage of some lax Católica defending in the 65th minute to pull one back for Everton before Cristian Alvarez settled things with a golazo as he got on the end of Dalsasso punch eleven minutes later.
Much of the weekend’s attention was focused on Sunday’s opening match which was the superclásico between Universidad de Chile and Colo Colo in the Estadio Nacional in which los albos triumphed 1-0. The only goal of the game came in the 30th courtesy of spectacular own goal by Roberto Cerecedo, making it only the second time that a superclásico has been decided by an own goal. Naturally, there were many talking points with La U feeling aggrieved that they weren’t awarded a penalty by referee Eduardo Gamboa after Patricio Rubio was quite clearly dragged down in the area in the 66th minute. A minute later Colo Colo’s Claudio Baeza picked up his second yellow card and was joined on the sidelines by La U’s Ramon Fernandez who received a straight red for his challenge on Luis Pavez twenty minutes later. The drama continued post match with Colo Colo’s Jason Silva arrested by police for breaching stadium rules after he stamped on a Universidad de Chile flag in post game celebrations. After spending the night in jail, Silva was given a four match ban which means his season is effectively over.
Kicking half an hour after the superclásico commenced were Cobresal and Palestino who shared the spoils in an one-all draw in the Estadio El Cobre. Like the superclásico they had an with Cobresal’s Carlos Herrera inadvertently opening the scoring for Palestino in the 19th minute before Luis Parodi saved his blushed with an 81st minute equaliser.
Despite having qualified for the knockout stages of the Copa Libertadores during the week Unión Española still had an eye on topping their group and rested a number of key players in their encounter with Unión La Calera. And like the week before, the weakened Unión Española were no match for their opponents as they went down 4-0 with both Leandro Benegas and Rodrigo Gattas both getting a brace. The win, which was La Calera’s fifth in a row at home against their opponents, could be a valuable one as they inched their way away from the relegation spots on the coeficiente de rendimiento table.
The weekend’s final match took place in the Estadio Bicentenario La Florida with Audax Italiano getting an all important 3-0 win over Iquique. Last week Audax dropped into the relegation spots but with that win they leapfrog a number of teams and find themselves in fifteenth position on the coeficiente de rendimiento table. Alexis Delgado opened the scoring in the first minute for los italicos and things got worse for Iquique when goalkeeper Rodrigo Naranjo was given his marching orders in the 37th minute. It was until the 69th minute that Audax made the most of their man advantage courtesy of Sebastian Vegas before Felipe Mora put the match beyond doubt in the 78th minute, four minutes after Iquique had been reduced to nine men after Gerson Martinez was given a straight red card.
Primera Division Torneo Clausura 2014 , Round fourteen fixturesAntofagasta 1-0 Ñublense (L. Valenzuela (ANT) 88′)
Cobreloa 2-1 O’Higgins (B. Vidal (OHI) (og) 12′, R. Órdenes (OHI) 49′, M. Sanhueza (CBA) 90 +4′)
Rangers 1-0 S. Wanderers (J.P. Pineda (RAN) 25′)
U. Concepción 1-1 Huachipato (D. Llanos (HUA) 39′, D. Ruiz (UDC) 90 +1′)
U. Católica 3-1 Everton (F. Cordero (UC) 9′, D. Botinelli (UC) 30′, M. Donoso (EVE) 65′, C. Álvarez (UC) 76‘)
U. de Chile 0-1 Colo Colo (R. Cereceda (UDC) (og) 30′)
Cobresal 1-1 Palestino (C. Herrera (CBS) (og) 19′, L. Parodi (CBS) 81′)
U. La Calera 4-0 U. Española (L. Benegas (ULC) 14′ & 31′, R. Gattas (ULC) 16′ & 61′)
A. Italiano 3-0 Iquique (A. Delgado (AI) 1′, S. Vegas (AI) 69′, F. Mora (AI) 78′)