Apertura 2012: Week 1 Round-up – The new season gets off to a tame start in the heat

Catolica and Palestino clash (IMG: ANFP)

With the Clausura’s top two – Universidad de Chile and Cobreloa – not in action there was a chance for one of the contenders to lay down an early marker as Santiago inhabitants looked to escape the baking heat which had swept the capital.

However Colo Colo were booed off at home to Deportes Iquique – who had new signing Edson Puch impressing on his debut – while Universidad Católica recovered from an insipid first half performance to collect three points. There was better news for Union  Española who added to their first round first-leg Coap Libertadores win with maximum points.

The two promoted teams enjoyed mix fortunes back in the Primera.

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Universidad Católica 0-2 Vélez Sársfield

Picture Sourced: La Tercera

It was hoped that for Universidad Católica salvation would come in the shape of progression to the quarter-finals of the Copa Sudamericana having lost their previous four games in the league, slipping out of the Primera Division’s play-offs in the process. But a testing and frustrating 90 minutes against Vélez Sársfield at their San Carlos de Apoquindo stadium sees Católica’s season unravelling at pace – and a mountain to climb in the second-leg of the last 16 match to be held in Buenos Aires on the 20th of October. Coach Mario Lepe has now called on his players to “strengthen and move forward” to the semi-final of the Copa Chile this coming weekend.

Católica controlled the game from start to finish yet finished on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline as their Argentine opponents stifled them for 90 minutes while demonstrating what it is to be clinical at the other end, something which the Chilean’s have to learn from; not only failing to score with one of the handful of chances that came their way but failing to fully test the capabilities of the Vélez goalkeeper.

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Week 9 Round-up

Eduardo Vargas

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.

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