Iquique claimed their third Copa Chile title with a 3-1 win over Huachipato in the Estadio Monumental, a win their captain Rodrigo Naranjo dedicated to victims of the recent earthquake in their home city.
Los dragones celestes got off to a flying start with Manuel Villalobos opening the scoring in the fourth minute. Nine minutes later they doubled their advantage as Huachipato’s Nicolas Crovetto turned the ball into his own net as he tried to clear a goal bound effort from Santiago Romero.
Huachipato had a chance to pull a goal back shortly after Iquique Rodrigo Naranjo brought down Felipe Reynero in the area. However the Iquique captain made amends for his indiscretion as he saved Juan José Morales effort from the penalty spot.
In the second half Huachipato’s manager Mario Salas went on the attack with the introduction of Francisco Arrué, Carlos Espinoza and David Llanos. The changes resulted in more goal scoring opportunities for Huachipato but it wasn’t until thee 84th minute that they pulled a goal back with Francisco Arrué doing what Morales couldn’t do in the first half as he converted from the penalty spot after Mauricio Zenteno was adjudged to have handled in the area, which also earned him a red card.
However any thoughts of a comeback were quickly put to bed as two minutes a Cesar Pinares golazo ensured that it would be Iquique would be claiming the 2014 Copa Chile title. The win was their third Copa Chile title, with the other two coming in 1980 (only two years after their formation) and 2010 (when they were still in Primera B) and sees them participating in the coming Copa Sudamericana.
Meanwhile Hucahipato will turn their attention to their quest to stay in the Primera Division with only two rounds remaining in the Clausura season.