Campeonato Clausura 2015: Week Thirteen Review

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With four rounds remaining the unlikely title challenge of Cobresal appears to be still on course with an all important win seeing them draw four points clear at the top of the table whilst those around them faltered.

Cobresal stretched their lead at the top of the table to four points with an impressive come from behind 2-1 win over Colo Colo at the Estadio Monumental. Colo Colo, who were only a point back at the start of the round, took the lead in only the third minute courtesy of Emiliano Vecchio but had surrendered that advantage by the half time break with Federico Martorell levelling things up in the 38th minute. Cobresal’s winner came in the 49th minute courtesy of Matias Donoso who capitalised on a Claudio Maldonado error to smash home the winner from just outside the centre circle in a moment of audacity. Whilst Charlie Adams’ goal against Chelsea was grabbing the headlines this effort was definitely on a par if not better.

Universidad Católica gave up a chance to leap frog Colo Colo and move into second spot as they went down 4-2 to Universidad de Chile in the clásico universitario held in the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquimbo. The hero of the clásico was Gustavo Canales who scored a hat-trick, bringing back memories of his performance against the same the same opponent in the 2011 Apertura final. Sebastian Ubilla scored the other goal for the victors whilst Michael Rios scored both of Universidad Catolica’s goals. The win is one of the few highlights of this season for los azules as they languish in tenth position, ten points off top spot.

Barnechea are all but back in the Primera B after they suffered their tenth loss of the season at the hands of Unión Española, going down 2-1. Meanwhile fellow relegation candidates Cobreloa and Ñublense both picked up wins, with the former putting six past Huachipato whilst the latter saw off Iquique 2-0 courtesy of a brace to Juan Gonzalo Lorca.

Sitting just above the relegation zone are Antofagasta and Audax Italiano. The northerners went down 2-1 to Palestino whilst Audax Italiano required a last minute equaliser for Juan Cornejo to grab a share of the spoils against Unión La Calera. There was also late drama as Michael Lepe’s 93rd minute goal giving Universidad de Concepción a 3-2 victory over San Marcos de Arica, who had only drawn level a minute earlier. In the weekend’s final match O’Higgins and Santiago Wanderers shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

Primera Division Torneo Clausura 2015, Round thirteen results

Colo Colo 1-2 Cobresal (E. Vecchio (CC) 2′, F. Martorell (CBS) 38′, M. Donoso (CBS) 49′)
Ñublense 2-0 Iquique (J.G. Lorca (NUB) 45′ & 80′)
Antofagasta 1-2 Palestino (M. Morales (PAL) 59′, P. Diaz (PAL) 74′, R. Farfan (ANT) 78′)
O’Higgins 1-1 S. Wanderers (S. Pinto (OHI) 28′, M. Prieto (SW) 46′)
U. La Calera 2-2 A. Italiano (T. Charles (ULC) 18′, M.S. Pol (AI) 54′, J.P. Pineda (ULC) 91′, J. Cornejo (AI) 95′)
U. Española 2-1 Barnechea (M. Yevenes (BAR) 35′, J. Ampuero (UE) 48′, S. Lopez (UE) 64′)
U. Católica 2-4 U. Chile (G. Canales (UCH) 3′, 58′ & 77′, M. Rios (UC) 54′ & 83′, S. Ubilla (UCH) 63′)
U. Concepción 3-2 SM Arica (J. Huentelaf (UDC) 41′, D. Churin (UDC) 78′, L. Ramos (SMA) 83′, K. Harbottle (SMA) 92′, M. Lepe (UDC) 93′)
Cobreloa 6-0 Huachipato (R. Gonzalez (CBA) 29′, I. Herrera (CBA) 68′, D. Silva (CBA) 72′, A. Santiago (CBA) 78′, A. Lopez (CBA) 80′, G. Cristaldo (CBA) 88′)

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