The weekend’s action kicked off in Chillian on Friday night with Ñublense coming from a goal behind to defeat Unión Española 3-1. It was Milovan Mirosevic opened the scoring for los hispanos in the 20th minute but his effort was cancelled out by a brace to Mathias Riquero either side of the half time break. Sebastian Varas then put the icing on the cake in the 85th minute, nine mintues after Unión Española’s captain was given his marching orders. The win sees Ñublense move up to seventh on the table whilst their opponents dropped to fifth.
After four weeks without a win, Universidad de Concepción returned to the winner’s list with a 3-2 victory over Cobresal in the Estadio Municipal de Yumbel. Matias Donoso opened the scoring for Cobresal in the 16th minute before a Pedro Munoz brace and a late goal from Jose Huentelaf gave Universidad de Concepcion the advantage. Ever Cantero did grab a goal in injury time for Cobresal but it wasn’t enough to stop them dropping into the relegation zone come the end of the round.
Santiago Wanderers kept their hopes of an unlikely title alive with an important 2-1 victory over San Marcos de Arica. Roberto Gutierrez was the hero of the day with a first half brace which were his eight and ninth goals of the season. Wanderers’ Pablo Tamburrini was given his marching orders shortly after the break and this combined with a Kevin Harbottle goal back midway through the second half provided for some nervy moments for the Valparaiso-based club.
Universidad Católica kept their hopes of competing in the post-season Copa Libertadores liguilla alive with a come from behind 2-1 victory over Audax Italiano in the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquimbo. Bryan Carrasco opened the scoring for Audax in the 21st before a Ramiro Costa free kick levelled things up shortly before the break. Tomas Costa then made it 2-1 for the home side in the 52nd minute from the penalty spot and ensured that their opponents would not be escaping the relegation zone this weekend.
A brace to Octavio Rivera helped O’Higgins triumph 3-0 over Huachipato in Saturday’s final match. Rivera scored his goals in the 5th and 17th minutes before Luis Valenzuela sealed all three points in the 88th minute. The win sees O’Higgins move into fourth position on the table whilst Huachipato drop to eighth.
Sunday’s action kicked off with Colo Colo maintaining the pressure on league leaders with a 2-0 victory over Unión La Calera. In what was a far from convincing performance the Clausura champions relied on goals from Gonzalo Fierro and that man Esteban Paredes in either half for their ninth win of the season.
For the second successive week Cobreloa grabbed a share of the spoils with a late Sebastian Roco goal ensured they would share the spoils with Iquique in a pulsating 3-3 draw. In what was Nelson Acosta’ second match in charge of Cobreloa (our mistake for not mentioning it last week) scores were level at half with a Jair Reinoso brace cancelled out by goals from Manuel Villalobos and Boris Rieloff for Iquique. Villalobos added a second shortly after half time before Roco popped up in the third minute of injury to grab the draw.
Two goals in the last three minutes saw the encounter between Antofagasta and Barnechea finish 1-1 . Francisco Leviapan opened the scoring for Barnechea in the 87th minute but was quickly cancelled out by Javier Elizondo’s effort a minute later. Unfortunately for Barnechea it still means that are rooted to the bottom of the relegation table whilst Antofagasta will need to improve to avoid being dragged into a relegation fight come next season.
The weekend’s final match saw Universidad de Chile bounce back from their superclasico loss with a 2-1 defeat of Palestino in the Estadio Nacional. First half goals to Enzo Gutierrez and Patricio Rubio were enough to hold off Palestino, whose only goal came courtesy of Cesar Valenzuela although they can feel somewhat aggrieved as referee Manual Acosta had a match to forget and could have quite easily awarded two penalties to los arabes.
Primera Division Torneo Apertura 2014, Round twelve results
Ñublense 3-1 U. Española (M. Mirosevic (UE) 20′, M. Riquero (NUB) 39′ & 46′, S. Varas (NUB) 85′)
U. Concepción 3-2 Cobresal (M. Donoso (COS) 16′, P. Munoz (UDC) 35′ & 49′, J. Huentelaf (UDC) 87′, E. Cantero (COS) 94′)
S. Wanderers 2-1 SM Arica (R. Gutierrez (SW) 36′ & 39′, K. Harbottle (SMA) 68′)
U. Católica 2-1 A. Italiano (B. Carrasco (AI) 21′, R. Costa (UC) 43′, T. Costa (UC) 52′)
O’Higgins 3-0 Huachipato (R. Octavio (OHI) 5′ & 17′, L. Valenzuela (OHI) 88′)
U. La Calera 0-2 Colo Colo (G. Fierro (CC) 25′, E. Paredes (CC) 68′)
Cobreloa 3-3 Iquique (J. Reinoso (COB) 2′ & 33′, M. Villalobos (IQQ) 32′ & 54′, B. Rieloff (IQQ) 45′, S. Roco (COB) 93′)
Antofagasta 1-1 Barnechea (F. Leviapan (BAR) 87′, J. Elizondo (ANT) 88′)
U. Chile 2-1 Palestino (E. Gutierrez (UCH) 8′, P. Rubio (UCH) 44′, C. Valenzuela (PAL) 50′)
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