Week nine of the Chilean Clausura provided an average of three goals a game over the weekend as Universidad de Chile continued their dominance at the top of the league creating histroy by becoming the first side in Chilean domestic football to win nine consecutive matches. There was also big news at the bottom as Santiago Morning upset the odds with a 3-2 defeat of Universidad de Catolica to rise from bottom of the 18 team league to 13th in one fell swoop.
La U ran out comfortable winners in the last game of the weekend, defeating O’Higgins 3-0 at the Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Prádanos. You can read about the match report from the history making match here.
Santiago Morning must have feared the worst when Matias Mier put Catolica ahead after eight minutes but the home side responded in emphatic fashion by not only drawing level, but taking the lead before half-time. Catolica levelled but immediately lost scorer of the first goal Mier who turned villain collecting his second booking of the encounter. Morning won in dramatic fashion with a penalty, converted by Ever Cantero, three minutes from time.
Audax Italiano kicked off week nine of the Clausura by coming from behind to defeat Union La Calera on Friday night, tightening their grip on 3rd place after Catolica’s defeat. Ramon Fernandez put the away side a goal ahead eight minutes into the second half with a sumptuous free-kick but the team from La Florida, Santiago, responded minutes later as Facundo Pereyra collects his 6th goal of the Clausura. And Matias Campo Toro won the game late on for Audax with a volley from a corner.
Colo Colo bounced back from their 3-0 loss at Union La Calera with a slender 1-0 at Cobreloa. Chilean international Esteban Paredes scoring the only goal of the game with a lovely dribble and finish with his left foot.
Jumping back down to the bottom of the Championship Union San Felipe replaced Santiago Morning at the foot of the table. They were beaten 2-1 in San Felipe by Nublense who themselves moved up to 9th place and two points from the vital 8th place which brings a place in the end of season play-offs. Second half goals from Jonathan Cisternas and Alejandro Vasquez gave Diablos Rojas an almost unassailable lead with Union having gone down to ten men on the stroke of half-time.
Union Espanola recorded the biggest win of the weekend when they travelled to Deportes Iquique. Fernando Cordero was the hero of the day scoring a hat-trick. Deportes’ cause was not helped when Luis Fuentes was sent off less than 15 minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute. Espanola are now in 6th place three points clear of the four teams just outside the play-offs; all on 10 points, including Deportes Iquique.
Cobresal jumped to 5th place coming out on top in a five goal thriller with Santiago Wanderers who themselves fell to 16th. Hector Pericas put Cobresal in front with nine minutes played. Wanderes replied after the break through Hector Nunez. They were only level for six minutes before the home side went ahead again, Renato Gonzalez scoring, and a 3rd arrived on 71 minutes, Miguel Cuellar with the goal. Angel Orue scored for Snatiago Wanderers to set up a nervous finish.
Deportes La Serena entered the play-offs with a 1-0 home victory against Huachipato. Gamadiel Garcia scoring the only game of the game from close range, the away side’s defence misjudging a Mathias Vidangossy cross.
Universidad de Concepcion and Palestino played out a goalless but lively encounter, three players seeing red. Michael Godoy and Michel Lepe sent off for the home side while Rodrigo Ramirez went for an early bath for Palestino.
Matchday 10 is a mid-week card:
Tuesday 27 September
Union La Calera v Union Espanola
Wednesday 28 September
Universidad Catolica v Union San Felipe
Palestino v Cobreloa
Santiago Wanderers v Universidad de Chile
O’Higgins v Universidad de Concepcion
Thursday 29 September
Nublense v Cobresal
Deportes Iquique v Deportes La Serena
Huachipato v Santiago Morning
Friday 30 September
Colo Colo v Audax Italiano