Campeonato Apertura 2015: Week Seven Review

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After having a weekend off to celebrate Chile’s independence day, the Primera Division was once back again in action and although it is starting to sound like a broken record, Colo Colo continue to lead the pack and maintain their perfect start to the season.

Colo Colo stretched their winning streak to seven matches with a 1-0 victory over winless and last-placed San Luis. The match which was played in nearby Valparaiso rather than the scheduled Quillota due to ticketting irregularities was decided by a Gonzalo Fierro penalty in the 52nd minute. Colo Colo could have added a second from the spot late on but Emiliano Vecchio had his effort saved.

Five points behind in second place are Universidad Católica who were lucky to escape with a 1-0 victory over Huachipato in the Estadio CAP. Los cruzados took the lead in the eighteenth minute courtesy of Cristian Bravo. They somehow managed to hold onto the lead despite Huachipato having numerous chances to get on the scoresheet with misses by Claudio Munoz and Luciano Vasquez particularly glaring.

A further point back sits Universidad Concepción, who ended Unión Española’s three match winning streak with a 4-2 victory in the Estadio Santa Laura. Doing the damage for the visitors were Gabriel Vargas and Jose Huentelaf, who scored a brace apiece.

The pressure on Universidad de Chile Martin Lasarte eased somewhat as his team picked up their third win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Cobresal and moving to sixth position on the table in the process. The news wasn’t so good for his counterpart following the match with Arturo Norambuena parting company with the Clausura champions. Cobresal currently sit in the twelfth position on six points.

Another manager who is on shaky ground is Unión La Calera’s Ariel Pereyra, who has been asked by the board to resign after an error that saw him have six foreign players on the pitch at the same time, which resulted in an automatic 3-0 loss to Santiago Wanderers. Wanderers did win the match 1-0 in regular time courtesy Claudio Munoz goal in the tenth minute and the match was notable for the return debut of David Pizarro in Wanderers’ colours.

In other matches Palestino moved up to fourth position on the table with a 2-0 victory over Iquique; San Marcos de Arica saw off Antofagasta 1-0; and O’Higgins defeated Audax Italiano 3-2 to move to fifth on the table.

Primera Division Torneo Apertura 2015, Round six results

U. Chile 2-1 Cobresal (G. Canales (UCH) 47′, C. Suarez (UCH) 91′, P. Jerez (CBS) 94′)
Iquique 0-2 Palestino (M. Riquelme (PAL) 49′, N. Maturana (PAL) 66′)
U. Española 2-4 U. Concepción (G. Vargas (UDC) 32′ & 93′, J. Huentelaf (UDC) 35′ & 44′, C. Salom (UE) 41′, J.C. Ferreyra (UE) 86′)
Huachipato 0-1 U. Católica (C. Bravo (UC) 18′)
S. Wanderers 1-0 U. La Calera (C. Munoz (SW) 10′)
Antofagasta 0-1 SM Arica (N. Bubas (SMA) 69′)
San Luis 0-1 U. Colo Colo (G. Fierro (CC) 52′)
O’Higgins 3-2 A. Italiano (P. Munoz (OHI) 21′, G. Lezcano (OHI) 56′ & 81′, F. Mora (AI) 74′, M.S. Pol 77′)

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