Colo Colo’s Felipe Flores battles with Carlos Lopez
After the 13th round of fixtures three teams share the lead at the top with 26 points; Palestino in first place due to their greater number of wins. Tucked in behind are Universidad de Chile and Rangers.
La U finally got back to winning ways in a sun-baked Antofagasta while the game of the weekend saw Rangers travel to the soaking Estadio Monumental and share four goals with Colo Colo.
Friday night’s match once again saw goals and there was even a Monday night game which produced, yes you guessed it, goals.
In between the two games Universidad Católica got back to winning ways in the league while there was a Clásico in the Atacama.
Meneses returned for Cato but couldn’t prevent the draw
With Universidad de Chile heading to Japan via Australia to take part in the Suruga Bank Championship against Kashima Antlers it was another week for those at the top of the Clausura to extend their lead over the winners of the last three Campeonato’s.
Audax Italiano, Cobresal and Rangers done just that as the trio remain beaten having each won two and drawn two. Audax and Rangers in particular recorded emphatic victories; the latter’s defeat of Iquique especially impressive.
On the back of signing exciting forward players both Colo Colo and Universidad Católica looked good value to pick up wins at Unión La Calera and Anotfagasta respectively. But despite both playing to their fans’ expectations in sizeable periods of their matches they were both left disappointed due to conceding to a 90th and 93rd minute equalisers.
Down at the bottom of the table Unión San Felipe edge closer to the drop having picked up one win in 17, while on current form it will be Santiago Wanderers who will be joining them in Primera B.
Carlos Munoz celebrates his opener in Colo Colo's vital 2-0 win against Cobreloa (image: Elgrafico)
Santiago Wanderers 1-0 Unión San Felipe
Santiago Wanderers left it late on Friday night to clinch three deserved points in a game where they had the majority of the running but lacked a ruthless edge in the final third until stoppage time that was.
With Nicolás Martínez a constant danger in behind the two strikers Los Catturos almost opened the scoring early on when Martínez released Rodrigo Toloza who crossed for Pablo Calandria but the striker could only head over.
Martínez was most impressive finding space in and around the box, playing balls into dangerous areas. Wanderers found most of their attacks heading down the left flank as Martinez drifted across to link with Toloza and Boris Sandoval.
Herrera scores from 12 yards (Image: latercera.com)
There will be full Chilean representation in this year’s Copa Libertadores group stage after Unión Española dispensed of Mexican side Tigres to make it a Santiago trio along with Universidad de Chile and Universidad Católica.
Leading 1-0 from the first-leg through Gonzalo Barriga’s header at the Estadio Santa Laura Española knew a draw would suffice in taking them through. However they did it the hard way. Tigres raced into a 2-0 lead before letting it unravel just as quickly, going down to ten men and La Furia Roja drawing level on aggregate. The Chileans also had a player sent off but it did not stop them from confirming their group stage place with an equaliser on the night.
In front of a raucous and expectant home crowd Tigres went for the jugular from the off. 20-year-old Alan Pulido forcing Eduardo Lobos into a fine save pushing the ball onto the post. Pulido wouldn’t have long to wait to claim his first goal of the game however. With 15 minutes on the clock Alberto Acosta cut onto his right foot and swung in an inviting delivery which only needed the slightest touch from Pulido’s forehead to send it past Lobos.