Universidad de Chile’s perfect start to the season under Martin Lasarte came to an end on Friday night as they were held to a 2-2 draw in the Estadio Elias Figueroa. Ramon Fernandez opened the scoring in only the third minute for La U and despite dominating much of possession found themselves on level terms in the eighteenth minute as Rafael Caroca equalised for Iquique. Iquique then took the lead in the 60th minute courtesy of a Rodrigo Diaz penalty before a Gustavo Canales free kick ensured los azules would maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Huachipato also maintained their good start to the season on Friday night with a 2-0 win over Palestino courtesy of a brace to Lucas Simon. Simon’s opener came in the 28th minute before grabbing his second in the 83rd minute, not long after play resumed following the lights going out at the Estadio CAP.
Friday’s final match ended in a bit of a farce as Cobresal came back from two goals down to draw two-all with Audax Italiano in the Bicentenario La Florida. A first half brace to Diego Vallejos gave Audax a 2-0 lead going into the break and were on track to record their second win of the season. However events midway through the second half put paid to that idea as Matias Donoso pulled a goal back for Cobresal, shortly after Audax’s Pablo Lopez had somehow contrived to miss an open goal after completing wrong footing the goalkeeper. Six minutes before full time Cristian Ledesma levelled things in controversial circumstances with referee Piero Maza awarding the goal after consultation with his linesman after initially waving play on. Replays suggest that this was the right decision but the Audax bench were incensed and a constant haranguing of the fourth official, manager Jorge Pellicer was given his marching orders.
Two late goals to Gabriel Vargas helped Universidad Concepción secure their second win of the season as they came from a goal down twice to defeat Barnechea 3-2 in the Estadio Municipal de Yumbel in Saturday’s opening fixture. Francisco Ibañez continued his goal scoring from last weekend to open the scoring in the eleventh minute for the newly promoted side before Vargas levelled things up eight minutes later. Former Universidad Católica Francisco Pizarro restored Barnechea’s lead on the half hour mark and they were dreaming of a second successive win before Vargas popped up to complete his hat-trick with goals in the 78th and 86th minutes.
The goals continued to flow in the next match as Unión La Calera repeated Universidad Concepción’s feat by coming back from a goal behind twice to defeat Ñublense 3-2. Getting on the scoresheet for Ñublense were Sebastian Varas and Juan Gonzalo Lorca whilst doing the damage for La Calera were Paulo Rosales, Hugo Bascuñan and former Colo Colo player Emilio Hernandez, who scored the winner in the 80th minute.
Despite scoring the opening goal, Cobreloa were unable hold off a rampaging O’Higgins, who seem to be liking life under new manager Facundo Sava as they ran out 4-1 winners. Gabriel Mendez was the goalscorer for Cobreloa from the penalty spot whilst Gaston Lezcano, Cesar Fuentes and Raul Octavio, who scored a brace, got on the scoresheet for O’Higgins.
Meanwhile an 89th minute free kick from Renato Gonzalez saw San Marcos de Arica bounce back from their last start loss with a 1-0 win over Antofagasta.
Sunday saw Colo Colo return to the winner’s list with a 2-0 defeat of Unión Española in the Estadio Monumental. Both of los albos’ goals came in the last six minutes of the match courtesy of Esteban Paredes, who scored in his fifth consecutive match, and Estaban Pavez. The win sees them to within three points of league leaders Universidad de Chile.
The final match of the weekend saw Universidad Católica suffer their second successive loss as they went down 1-0 to Santiago Wanderers in the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquimbo. The only goal of the game came courtesy of Jorge Luna in the 39th minute and sees Wanderers move to second position on the table, only one point off top spot.
Primera Division Torneo Apertura 2014 , Round five results
Iquique 2-2 U. de Chile (R. Fernandez (UCH) 3′, R. Caroca (IQQ) 18′, R. Diaz (IQQ) 60′, G. Canales (UCH) 74′)
Huachipato 2-0 Palestino (L. Simon (HUA) 28′ & 83′)
A. Italiano 2-2 Cobresal (D. Vallejos (AI) 11′ & 21′, M. Donoso (CBS) 68′, C. Ledesma (CBS) 84′)
U. Concepción 3-2 Barnechea (F. Ibanez (BAR) 11′, G. Vargas (UDC) 19′, 78′ & 86′, F. Pizarro (BAR) 30′)
U. La Calera 3-2 Ñublense (S. Varas (NUB) 22′, P. Rosales (ULC) 35′, J.G. Lorca (NUB) 51′, H. Bascunan (ULC) 54′, E. Hernandez (ULC) 80′)
O’Higgins 4-1 Cobreloa (G. Mendez (CBA) 15′, R. Octavio (OHI) 21′ & 40′, G. Lezcano (OHI) 24′, C. Fuentes (OHI) 81′)
SM Arica 1-0 Antofagasta (R. Gonzalez (SMA) 89′)
Colo Colo 2-0 U. Española (E. Paredes (CC) 85′, E. Pavez (CC) 89′)
U. Católica 0-1 S. Wanderers (J. Luna (SW) 39′)