After a midweek round of matches in the Primera División only six points separates Cobreloa in 5th place and bottom of the league Palestino. While six points separates Universidad de Chile at the top of the table and Colo Colo in second place.
Universidad Católica continued their slump even though they are still in the play-offs as Colo Colo closed the gap on the unbeaten La U whose winning streak was ended away to Santiago Wanderers.
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Universidad Católica 0-1 Unión San Felipe
Universidad Católica’s slump continued as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to bottom of the league Unión San Felipe who now rise to 16th. The defeat is Los Cruzados third in a row in the Clausura leaving them only a point ahead of 9th and a place outside the end of season Play-offs.
Unión San Felipe went ahead in the 64th minute after a quiet first half. Good hold-up play in the corner by Ezequiel Carballo brought Pablo Silva into play on the right. The number 28 put in a flat cross which was misjudged by Católica goalkeeper Christopher Tosselli leaving an easy tap-in for Matías Urbano.
UC had two great chances within seconds of each other to rescue a point; substitute Pablo Calandria heading fellow substitute Roberto Cereceda’s cross against the bar and only to hit the bar again with another header from the rebound.
Unión La Calera 2-0 Unión Española
Unión La Calera kept pressure on those occupying the play-off spots, including opponents Unión Española, who they defeated 2-0 on Tuesday evening at their Nicolás Chahuán Stadium.
Española had the chance to take the lead after 11 minutes when ULC defender Claudio Muñoz pulled down midfielder Gonzalo Barriga as he ran through on goal. However Braulio Leal saw his free-kick saved by Lucas Giovini.
Unión La Calera went ahead in the second half when Ramón Fernandez was given ample to time to spot Ariel Cólzera and float a pass to meet his run. Española goalkeeper Federico Elduayen dived outward expecting a cross but Cólzera instead placed the shot inside the front post.
Española, now reduced to 10 men after Esteban González was shown two bookings, were caught on the break late on as they pushed for an equaliser. A poor free-kick was easily cleared and Fernandez ran from the half way line before firing across Elduayen to double the score line.
Santiago Wanderers 1-1 Universidad de Chile
Universidad’s record winning streak brought to an end. Read the match report here.
Ñublense 0-2 Cobresal
Cobresal left it late on Wednesday to collect all three points in a hard fought match with Ñublense. A powerful Miguel Angel Cuellar header 8 minutes from time put the away side ahead; this was after Ñublense had earlier had a goal ruled out for offside. Patricio Pérez wrapped up the three points which keep Cobresal in the play-offs, scoring with a fizzing daisy-cutter from 25 yards; finishing of a fine Cobresal move.
Ñublense remain on 10 points in 13th place, yet over both the Apertura and Clausura have the worst points total which would mean relegation.
Palestino 0-2 Cobreloa
Palestino stay bottom of the league, suffering a 2-0 reverse at home to Cobreloa who ascend into the play-offs. Goals from Sebastián Roco and Diego Barrios either side of half-time condemned the home side to a fourth game without victory.
Unlike Ñublense Palestino can fall back on their excellent Apertura record where they finished 4th on 30 points.
O’Higgins 3-0 Universidad de Concepción
O’Higgins occupy the final play-off position thanks second half goals from Sebastián Pinto, scorer of two, and one for Boris Sagredo – both players scoring a penalty apiece – giving the Rancagua club their first win in 8 games. Universidad de Concepción languish in 14th on 10 points.
Deportes Iquique 1-1 Deportes La Serena
Despite extending their recent record to 8 games unbeaten, La Serena are still on the outside looking in to the play-offs. However it would have been so different if substitute Rodrigo Díaz hadn’t scored a penalty to equalise for the home side six minutes from time. Mauricio Salazar’s 16th minute opener had looked to have given La Serena the three points and a place in the play-offs.
Huachipato 1-3 Santiago Morning
Santiago Morning recorded a crucial win in the Clausura moving them away from their opponents Huachipato at the bottom of the league; helping their overall points total in the bid to survive relegation or the ‘promotion/relegation’ play-offs.
In the 34rd minute Morning went ahead from the penalty spot after the Dagoberto Currimilla made the most of a challenge by Lorenzo Reyes. Ever Cantero converted his 6th goal, and 3rd penalty, of the Clausura from 12 yards.
Disaster struck on half-time for the home team as Marcelo Scatolaro was given his second yellow and a red for another late challenge. It took Morning only 8 minutes of the second half to make the extra man count; captain Miguel Riffo glancing in from a corner.
Huachipato should have been back in the game with 20 minutes to go, Manuel Villalobos stroking home from an onside position, yet the linesman flagged for offside. They did eventually score but it came in the 89th when Diego Silva, who had came on 9 minutes before, under pressure from Villalobos, headed into his own goal from an inswinging corner.
Morning’s two goal lead was restored two minutes later; substitute Gastán Lezcano’s cross was flicked on by Silva, now in the right penalty box, and finished by Mauricio Gómez, heading in from barely 4 yards.
Colo Colo 3-0 Audax Italiano
Colo Colo close gap at the top with a straight-forward victory. Read the match report here.
Week 11 kicks off this evening before the Primera Division takes a break due to international fixtures:
Primera Division Campeonato de Clausura 2011, eleventh round
Cobreloa vs. U. Católica
U. de Concepción vs. Cobresal
U. de Chile vs.Iquique
S. Morning vs. Ñublense
U. San Felipe vs. S. Wanderers
U. La Calera vs. Palestino
La Serena vs. Colo Colo
U. Española vs. O’Higgins
A. Italiano vs. Huachipato