Campeonato Clausura 2015: Weeks Seven Review

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We are now just over a third of the way into the Clausura season and this is a distinct gap forming between the top six teams and the rest of the competition. The weekend’s results saw Universidad de Concepción lose their top spot to Unión La Calera whilst Universidad de Chile’s disastrous start to the season continues.

Universidad de Concepcion’s run as the league leader came to an end on Saturday afternoon when they suffered a 2-0 loss to Unión La Calera, who took their position at the top of the table. It was a deserved win for los cementeros, who dominated much of proceedings but were thwarted on numerous occasions by  Universidad de Concepcion’s goalkeeper Cristian Muñoz. Both of La Calera’s goals came via Michael Silva, his second a spectacular long range effort after the aforementioned Muñoz was caught out of position in the middle of the park.

Sitting one point behind the league leaders in second position (Universidad de Concepcion are in third on the same points) are the season’s surprise packets in what is currently of season of surprises, San Marcos de Arica. And the league’s northern most team moved into second position in spectacular style with a crushing 4-0 win over Palestino in the Estadio La Cisterna. Palestino may have had one eye of their upcoming Copa Libertadores clash against Boca Juniors this week but nevertheless it was impressive performance from the only unbeaten team in the competition who had only scored six goals in the previous six rounds.

Many of the teams in the upper echelons of the table will be looking furtively behind them at Colo Colo, who won their fourth consecutive match on Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 victory over the struggling Antofagasta. The win moves los albos to within three points of the leaders and now look to have a head of steam up. What may slow them down is their upcoming Copa Libertadores commitments. Meanwhile for Antofagasta the loss sees them slip into the relegation zone.

Universidad de Chile’s season went from bad to worse as they lost 2-1 to the equally struggling Unión Española, and currently sit in second last position on the Clausura. In contrast rivals Universidad Católica sit in fifth position only two points off top following a 1-1 draw with O’Higgins that was marred by refereeing controversies.

Sunday saw the clasico mineros between Cobresal and Cobreloa with the former running out 3-1 winners. The loss keeps Cobreloa at the bottom of the relegation table and is remarkable change in fortunes for these two teams with Cobresal having struggled for survival in the top flight in recent seasons but now currently sit fourth on the table.

Also at the bottom of the relegation table there were important wins for Barnechea and Ñublense over Iquique and Audax Italiano respectively whilst Huachipato defeated Santiago Wanderers 1-0 in the final match of the round.

Primera Division Torneo Clausura 2015, Round seven results

Barnechea 1-0 Iquique (F. Levipan (BAR) 34′)
U. Chile 1-2 U. Española (F. Carmona (UCH) 14′, G. Aban (UE) 31′, J.C. Ferreyra (UE) 84′)
Antofagasta 1-2 Colo Colo (J. Valdes (CC) 24′, F. Alarcon (ANT) 50′, F. Flores (CC) 85′)
U. La Calera 2-0 U. Concepción (M. Silva (ULC) 62′ & 98′)
Cobreloa 1-3 Cobresal (E. Cantero (CBS) 6′ & 80′, A. Santiago (CBA) 37′, J. Fuentes (CBS) 38′)
Ñublense 1-0 A. Italiano (D. Salvatierra (NUB) 75′)
O’Higgins 1-1 U. Católica (P. Calandria (OHI) 45′, D. Botinelli (UC) 62′)
Palestino 0-4 SM Arica (L. Ramos (SMA) 7′, A. Barrios (SMA) 29′, R. Gonzalez (SMA) 65′ & 76′)
S. Wanderers 0-1 Huachipato (H. Mancilla (HUA) 76′)

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