Campeonato Apertura 2014: Week Seventeen Review

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After a season to forget which saw them finish the season on the bottom of the table and in the relegation zone, Cobreloa finished the Apertura season on a high with a 4-2 victory over Ñublense to open proceedings for the final round. Cobreloa had four different goal scorers in the form of Gustavo Cristaldo, Jose Perez, Jose Luis Jimenez and Diego Silva whilst Ñublense’s goals came from Jose Antonio Rojas and Sebastian Varas.

Another team that had a season to forget was Universidad Católica and they finished the season by giving a two goal lead to share the spoils with Universidad de Concepción in a two-all draw. Goals to David Llanos and Tomas Costa gave los cruzados are two goal lead going into the half time break before being cancelled out by second half goals to Francisco Portillo and Gabriel Vargas.

Saturday’s action was all about the title race with three teams in contention playing their matches simultaneously albeit that Santiago Wanderers were playing host to fellow contender Colo Colo whilst Universidad de Chile hosted Unión La Calera in the Estadio Nacional.

In both matches it took until the dying stages for there to be any scoring with Gustavo Canales’ 89th minute penalty proving to be the difference between Universidad de Chile and Unión La Calera. It would be crucial timing as over at the Estadio Elias Figueroa, Santiago Wanderers finally got the reward for a dominant performance with a goal to Matias Mier in the 90th minute before Gonzalo Barriga added a second six minutes later.

Those results meant that Universidad de Chile were crowned 2014 Apertura champions, their seventeenth Primera Division title. Wanderers win over Colo Colo, their tenth consecutive win, meant that they would finish the season in second position, one point behind La U. Meanwhile Colo Colo finished a further two points back in third position.

Saturday’s action was brought to a close with Huachipato handing Iquique a 5-0 thumping with both Angelo Sagal and Andres Vilches grabbing a double with Nicolas Nuñez the other scorer. The win secured Huachipato’s spot in the post season liguilla to determine Chile’s third spot in the Copa Libertadores.

Sunday saw three matches played simultaneously to see who would secure the fourth spot in the aforementioned post season liguilla with Antofagasta hosting O’Higgins, Unión Española visiting Cobresal and Palestino taking on Barnechea.

In the end it was Unión Española who secured that fourth spot after they defeated Cobresal 3-1 although their cause was helped significantly by Ruben Farfan’s 89th minute winner for Antofagasta as they caused somewhat of an upset by defeating O’Higgins 2-1. In the other match two second half goals saw Palestino defeat Barnecha 2-0.

The season’s final regular season match saw Audax Italiano defeat San Marco de Arica 3-0. The win, which came courtesy of goals to Bryan Carrasco, Felipe Mora and Diego Valdes, sees Audax Italiano move out of the relegation zone whilst their opponents now sit bottom of the relegation table with much to do in next year’s Clausura competition.

Primera Division Torneo Apertura 2014, Round seventeen results

Cobreloa 4-2 Ñublense (G. Cristaldo (CBA) 11′, J.A. Rojas (NUB) 45′, J. Perez (CBA) 76′, J.L. Jimenez (CBA) 83′, D. Silva (CBA) 88′, S. Varas (NUB) 91′)
U. Catolica 2-2 U. Concepción (D. Llanos (UC) 24′, T. Costa (UC) 41′, F. Portillo (UDC) 56′, G. Vargas (UDC) 76′)
U. Chile 1-0 U. La Calera (G. Canales (UCH) 89′)
S. Wanderers 2-0 Colo Colo (M. Mier (SW) 90′, G. Barriga (SW) 96′)
Huachipato 5-0 Iquique (A. Sagal (HUA) 15′ & 39′, A. Vilches (HUA) 28′ & 80′, N. Nunez (HUA) 60′)
Antofagasta 2-1 O’Higgins (J. Elizondo (ANT) (og) 28′, R. Farfan (ANT) 52′ & 89′)
Palestino 2-0 Barnechea (M. Riquelme (PAL) 75′, M. Morales (PAL) 89′)
Cobresal 1-3 U. Española (C. Salom (UE) 4′ & 80′, C. Escobar (CBS) 40′, M. Mirosevic (UE) 50′)
A. Italiano 3-0 SM Arica (B. Carrasco (AI) 22′, F. Mora (AI) 37′, D. Valdes (AI) 57′)

 

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