Three out of the four home teams took advantage of being on their own turf in the first legs of the Copa Chile quarter finals with only Primera B side, Magallanes failing to make the most of the advantage.
The only remaining Primera B side left in the competition, Magallanes, held out until the 85th minute against their more fancied opponents, Santiago Morning, before Gastón Lezcano broke the deadlock to give the visitors the advantage going into the second leg on Saturday.
Meanwhile Universidad de Concepción grabbed the ascendency in their clash against Huachipato as they ran out 2-1 winners after going a goal down. All three goals came in the space of thirteen early in the first half with Huachipato’s José Luis Zelaye opening the scoring before goals to Claudio Guerra and Miguel Hernández gave the home side the advantage.
Goals to Gonzalo Sepúlveda and José Luis Villanueva early in the second half were enough for Universidad Católica to defeat Audax Italiano 2-0 in front of their home fans. In the last match of the night, defending champions Iquique will have some work to do if they want to repeat last year’s performance after going down 2-1 to La Serena . Claudio Meneses grabbed the opener for the home side on twenty-minutes before Lucas Ojeda equalised for the visitors midway through the second half. However the joy was short lived as Rafael Caroca put La Serena ahead with only seven minutes remaining on the clock.
All return legs will take place on Saturday.
Copa Chile 2011: quarter finals, first leg