Mauro Diaz evades the challenge of Luis Mena as Union Espanola prevail in a classic (image: unionespanola.cl)
A quiet week in Chile? No not really. So what is in store for Week 11. Unión Española and Colo Colo took part in arguably the game of the year so far and one of the best games anywhere The Red One has witnessed this season. High-tempo football? Check. Goals? Check. Unreliable defences? Check.
Elsewhere Cobreloa suffered a Nelson Acosta hangover in Santiago while Santiago Wanderers of Valparaíso were brought back down to Earth with a bump in Santiago, blue is colour in the top places of Apertura and there was varying degrees of success for new (and relatively new) managers.
Off the field there is a worrying situation developing at Colo Colo between certain players and fans while we look ahead to the first big Santiago derby and share some transfer news surrounding two of Chile’s most promising defenders.
Due to a technical error and . . . let’s just blame it on a technical error The Red One had not been able to provide updates on Week 9 of the Apertura. So instead here is a bumper edition running down the main talking points from the last two round of matches and also some other pertinent/important news.
Get ready because you are going to read about Santiago Wanderers goal sensation, Colo Colo and Universidad Católica’s inconsistency (again) with added praise for Francisco Prieto and a brief plea to Kevin Harbottle, Universidad de Chile (of course) winning (of course), O’Higgins and their wise appointment of Eduardo Berizzo, managerial replacements and departures and a win for Cobresal, then a defeat.
Enough? No, of course not! There is the game played during, yes during, an earthquake, Claudio Borghi’s squad for the friendly versus Peru and finally the small matter of Chile hosting the 2015 Copa America.
The tumultuous start to the Chilean Apertura continued as four teams picked up their first win of the season, Universidad de Chile suffered a heavy defeat in Rancagua, Colo Colo were booed off again and TRO keeps getting things wrong.
However a win still eludes Audax Italiano (and Cobresal) despite remaining highly watch-able. This time they were out-done by a Daniel Carreno’s Palestino who have been unlikely to have to wait until the fifth week to collect their first win. But from the game question marks still persist over the way Omar Labruna sets up his Audax side.
Elsewhere it was Cobreloa’s turn to occupy top spot after a comprehensive 3-0 success away at Rangers. Their sheer consistency has been enough to put them above everyone else, despite having played one game less.