The weekend’s action kicked off in Rancagua on Friday night with O’Higgins defeating San Marcos de Arica 3-1. Luis Valenzuela opened the scoring for the home side in the 29th minute as he dispatched a free kick past Pedro Carrizo in the San Marcos goal. The visitors levelled things up in the 40th minute courtesy of Emilio Renteria but could have gone into the break a goal ahead but Kevin Harbottle had his spot kicked saved by O’Higgins keeper Jorge Carranza not long before Renteria levelled things up.
O’Higgins had a penalty miss of their own early in the second half as Octavio Rivero had his effort saved by Carrizo, the third consecutive penalty that O’Higgins have missed. However that run of penalty misses came to an end when Gaston Lezcano converted from the penalty spot after referee Patricio Blanca awarded his third penalty of the night. Lezcano then got the sealer in the 90th minute which came after San Marcos were reduced to nine men following the sendings off of Sebastian Rivero and Miguel Coronado in the 84th and 87th minutes respectively. A blight on O’Higgins’ win were the reports of racist taunts from the home fans towards San Marcos’ Venezuelan goalscorer, Emilio Renteria. The ANFP have convened a special meeting to deal with the issue.
An extraordinary second half performance saw Iquique break a run of six matches without a win as they defeated Unión Española 5-2 in the Estadio Santa Laura. Goals to Milovan Mirosevic and Jorge Ampuero had given Unión a 2-1 lead going into the half time break after Alberto Martin had opened the scoring in the tenth minute for Iquique. However this all turned around in the second half as a brace Manuel Villalobos, and goals to Walter Mazzolatti and Jonathon Rebolledo ensured the visitors would run out comfortable winners.
Universidad de Chile’s run towards the title continued with a comfortable 4-0 win over the struggling Cobreloa. Mathias Corujo opened the scoring for La U in the nineteenth minute before second half goals to Patricio Rubio, Cesar Cortes and Benjamin Vidal maintained their two point lead at the top of the table with three matches remaining.
A Jean Paul Pineda penalty on the stroke of half time gave Unión La Calera a 1-0 victory over Universidad Católica in the Estadio Elias Figueroa. The loss was Católica’s eighth of the season and sees them in twelfth position on the table whilst Unión La Calera sit in fourth.
Barnechea’s rival continued in round fourteen with another impressive win, this time they inflicted a 3-0 defeat on Huachipato. Francisco Ibañez opened the scoring against the run of play in the thirteenth minute forBarnechea before a Nicolas Crovetto own goal ensured they went into the break with a two goal advantage. A third goal was added late on courtesy of Cristian Ivanobsky and sees them move to nineteen points and a slim chance of partaking in the Copa Libertadores liguilla at the end of the season.
Another team dreaming of partaking in that liguilla is Palestino who triumphed 1-0 over Universidad de Concepción courtesy of Pablo Diaz goal.
With Universidad de Chile winning earlier in the round, Santiago Wanderers needed a win to keep in touch and that they did with a 2-0 defeat of Antofagasta in the north of the country. Both goals came in the second half courtesy of Gaston Cellerino and Matias Mier and sees Wanderers maintain the three point deficit to the league leaders. Meanwhile the loss sees Antofagasta drop to one spot above the relegation zone.
Cobresal were sitting in the relegation zone going into this round but 3-2 win over Ñublense gave them leap frog Antofagasta and out of danger. It was a later Ever Cantero goal that ensured all three points after the teams were locked at 2-2 going into the half time break with Sebastian Varas and Juan Gonzalo Lorco getting on the scoresheet for Ñublense whilst Johann Fuentes and Mariano Nestor scored for Cobresal.
In the final match of the round a nervy Colo Colo overcame Audax Italiano 2-1 in the Estadio Monumental. Scoring his first goal of the season, Felipe Flores opened the scoring in the 31st minute before Diego Valdes levelled things up with nine minutes to play. Emiliano Vecchio came to the rescue four minutes later ensuring the battle for the title remains alive going into the international break.
Primera Division Torneo Apertura 2014, Round fourteen results
O’Higgins 3-1 SM Arica (L. Valenzuela (OHI) 29′, E. Renteria (SMA) 40′, G. Lezcano (OHI) 82′ & 90′)
U. Española 2-5 Iquique (A. Martin (IQQ) 10′, M. Mirosevic (UE) 40′, J. Ampuero (UE) 45′, M. Villalobos (IQQ) 58′ & 73′, W. Mazzolatti (IQQ) 83′, J. Rebolledo (IQQ) 90′)
Cobreloa 0-4 U. Chile (M. Corujo (UCH) 19′, P. Rubio (UCH) 57′, C. Cortes (UCH) 60′, B. Vidal (UCH) 91′)
U. La Calera 1-0 U. Católica (J.P. Pineda (ULC) 45′)
Barnechea 3-0 Huachipato (F. Ibanez (BAR) 13′, N. Crovetto (HUA) (og) 45′ C. Ivanobsky (BAR) 90′ )
U. Concepción 0-1 Palestino (P. Diaz (PAL) 21′)
Antofagasta 0-2 S. Wanderers (G. Cellerino (SW) 58′, M. Mier (SW) 81′)
Ñublense 2-3 Cobresal (S. Varas (NUB) 13′, J. Fuentes (CBS) 15′, M. Nestor (CBS) 38′, J.G. Lorca (NUB) 43′, E. Cantero (CBS) 86′)
Colo Colo 2-1 A. Italiano (F. Flores (CC) 31′, D. Valdes (AI) 81′, E. Vecchio (CC) 85′)
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