Clausura Week 5 – Española break the rules, Colo Colo’s indiscipline resurfaces, Rangers take the lead at the top and more

 

Costly mistake by Sierra?

Once again there wasn’t a full card of games in the Chile Primera División with Universidad de Chile travelling back from their Suruga Bank Championship disappointment.

 

So for the third time in five rounds it was left to the others to stake a claim as ‘likely challengers’ to La U’s dominance. And once again Colo Colo and Universidad Católica were nowhere to be seen, both struggling to draws.

 

Rangers on the other hand opened up a two point gap at the top with a win at Cobreloa. Audax Italiano and Cobresal failed to win but will be happy with draws away to Palestino and Unión La Calera.

 

Deportes Iquique’s strange behaviour continued as they fell to another heavy defeat while miracles do exist after all. Unión San Felipe won. Although in Valparaíso they are more sceptical after Santiago Wanderers didn’t.

 

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Audax Italiano 1-1 Huachipato

Huachipato came away from the Municipal de La Florida with an unexpected and deserved point as Audax Italiano failed to fully take advantage of second place Colo Colo’s slip-up away to La Serena.

Similar to the game between Unión Española and O’Higgins the previous evening the game was played at a frantic pace, helped by the artificial surface at La Florida as the ball zipped about. With both teams set up in a 3-4-1-2/3-4-3 formation and content at playing on the counter-attack with plenty of quick, sharp, vertical passes the game was primed for end to end action and it’s exactly how the first goal of the game came about.

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