The 2014 Clausura season came to an end on the weekend with much of the focus on the relegation battle that took place on Saturday afternoon and ended in tears for Everton and their fans. Meanwhile Colo Colo finished the season of in style in an eight goal thriller whilst Universidad de Chile’s poor end to the season continued with another loss.
The weekend’s action kicked off on Friday night with the already relegated Rangers sharing the spoils in a one-all draw with Apertura champions, O’Higgins in the Estadio Municpal La Pintana. The team opened the scoring courtesy of Jean Paul Pineda in the 28th minute before Pablo Hernandez denied the Rangers a chance to leave the Primera Division on a high after he converted an 82nd minute penalty.
With aforementioned Rangers already releagated, there were four teams in the form of Unión La Calera, Everton, Huachipato and Audax Italiano, going into the final round in danger of joining them in Primera B and they all featured in the three matches that kicked off simultaneously on Saturday afternoon. In the end all three matches ended in draws and as result it Everton who would be relegated to the Primera B for the next two seasons. Going into the weekend Unión La Calera looked to have the toughest task as they faced Universidad Católica in the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquimbo but they managed to split the points in a one-all draw after Leandro Benegas opened the scoring in the first minute for them before Michael Rios equalised twelve minutes before full time.
After scoring eleven goals in their last two matches Huachipato were held scoreless by Everton in their match in the Estadio CAP but going into the round sitting in the remaining relegation spot Everton needed a win and they couldn’t find the back of the net either and thus were relegated to the lower division. Meanwhile in the clásico de colonias, relegation threatened Audax Italiano opened the scoring in the fifteenth minute courtesy of a Juan Corneojo header before Palestino equalised in the dying stages courtesy of Marcelo Morales.
The day’s penultimate kickoff saw Universidad de Concepción secure fourth position on the table with a 1-0 defeat of Iquique in the Estadio Tierra de Campeones. The only goal of the game came in the 63rd minute courtesy of Michael Lepe and ensured Concepción the top seeding in the end of season liguilla to determine Chile’s final spot in the Copa Sudamericana.
After securing their top flight status last weekend Santiago Wanderers played out an entertaining one-all draw with Antofagasta in Saturday’s final match. Both goals came in the space of eight minutes midway through the second half with Gaston Cellerino getting the opener with a spectacular volley from a Marco Sebastian Pol flick in the 61st minute before Esteban Gonzalez equalised eight minutes later with a excellent free kick.
With one eye on the second leg of their Copa Libertadores Round of 16 tie and with nothing to play for in the league, José Luis Sierra sent out a much weakened Unión Española side to take on Cobresal in the Estadio El Cobre on Sunday afternoon and it was the home side that duly came away with all three points with a 2-0 victory. It took until the 66th minute for Johan Fuentes to open the scoring for Cobresal before Guillermo Suarez double the advantage two minutes later. Despite the result something of note did occur for Unión Española as sixteen year old José Luis Sierra Jr., son of their current manager, came on as a 79th minute substitute.
Whilst the goals appeared to be hard to come by in the previous seven matches there was no such frugality when Ñublense hosted Colo Colo at the Estadio Bicentenario Nelson Oyarzún as the Clausura champions ran out 5-3 winners. Esteban Paredes was once again the star of the show as he scored all five of Colo Colo’s goals and leap frogged Huachipato’s David Llanos in the process to claim the season’s golden boot with an impressive sixteen goals. Getting on the scoresheet for the losers was Jose Antonio Rojas and Sebastian Varas with a brace.
In the final match of the round and the season Universidad de Chile slumped to their fifth consecutive loss with a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Cobreloa. The match was and truly out of sight for los azules by the time half time came around as goals to Gabriel Mendez and a pair to Ivan Herrera had put Cobreloa 3-0. There wasn’t much to report in the second half apart from the debut of Fernando Cornejo, who is the son of the former Cobreloa legend and Chilean international of the same name, who sadly passed away from stomach cancer before reaching his 40th birthday. Cornejo Jr. came on as 66th minute substitute and wore the same number as his father, the number eight. Rene Lima did however add one further goal, converting the penalty in the 89th minute.
Primera Division Torneo Clausura 2014 , Round seventeen fixtures
O’Higgins 1-1 Rangers (J.P. Pineda (RAN) 28′, P. Hernández (OHI) 82′)
U. Católica 1-1 U. La Calera (L. Benegas (ULC) 1′, M. Ríos (UC) 78′)
Huachitpato 0-0 Everton
A. Italiano 1-1 Palestino (J. Cornejo (AI) 15, M. Morales (PAL) 84′)
Iquique 0-1 U. Concepción (M. Lepe (UDC) 63′ )
Antofagasta 1-1 S. Wanderers (G. Cellerino (SW) 61′, E. González (ANT) 69′)
Cobresal 2-0 U. Española (J. Fuentes (CBS) 66′, G. Suárez (CBS) 68′)
Ñublense 3-5 Colo Colo (J.A. Rojas (NUB) 21′, Esteban Paredes (CC) 38′, 42′, 56, 64′ & 82′; S. Varas (NUB) 55′ & 74′)
U. de Chile 0-4 Cobreloa (G. Méndez (CBA) 21′, I. Herrera 26′ & 40′, R. Lima (CBA) 89′)