Católica’s slide continues as other giants stumble

The latest round of matches saw Universidad de Chile start a new streak by drawing their second consecutive match, whilst Colo Colo suffered a shock loss and Universidad Católica crashed to their fifth loss in six matches. Whilst the big three didn’t have the best of weekends those with playoff aspirations made claims of their own with both Unión Española and Unión La Calera getting important wins.

Two goals in the dying minutes of their match saw Iquique deny Universidad de Chile the chance of getting back on the winners list after goals to Gabriel Vargas and Charles Aránguiz had put the home team ahead but were left to rue Eduardo Vargas’ 12th minute penalty miss. With other results on the weekend La “U” are still seven points clear on top of the table whilst Iquique sit in fourteenth position on the table and two points clear of the relegation spots.

In probably the biggest shock of the weekend La Serena put four past Colo Colo in front of the home fans with goals to Gamadiel Garcia, Matias Vidangossy, Claudio Meneses and Juan Sánchez Sotelo doing the damage. Colo Colo maintains their position in second on the table whilst La Serena are in seventh position.

Pressure must surely be mounting on Universidad Católica manager, Mario Lepe as his team went down 2-0 to Cobreloa in the opening match of the round with the damage being done courtesy of goals to Diego Barrios and Nicolás Trecco. Los cruzados recent run of bad form has seen fall out of a playoff position being one point behind Unión La Calera in ninth position. Cobreloa for their part are now into fourth position only behind Audax Italiano on goal difference.

Two of the big movers on the weekend were Unión Española and Unión La Calera who jumped to sixth and eighth position on the table respectively after getting important wins on the weekend. After losing to the aforementioned Unión La Calera the round before, los hispanos bounced back with an impressive 3-1 win over O’Higgins with all their goals coming within the first twenty-one minutes that effectively killed off the game. Included in those three goals were Leonardo Monje’s 100th and 101st goals in Chilean football. Unión La Calera for their part defeated Palestino 3-2 in front of their home fans, consigning their opposition to the foot of the table.

The relegation battle is heating up also with Ñublense defeating Santiago Morning 3-1 to pull within a point of their opponents. However both teams are three and four points respectively behind Huachipato and Universidad de Concepción who both currently sit in the relegation playoff positions.

Primera Division Campeonato de Clausura 2011, eleventh round

Cobreloa 2-0 U. Católica (D. Barrios (COA) 43′, N. Trecco (COA) 89′)
U. de Concepción 0-0 Cobresal
U. de Chile 2-2 Iquique (G. Vargas (UCH) 4′, C. Aránguiz (UCH) 67′, C. Bogado (IQ) 88′, M. Ríos (IQ) 91′)
S. Morning 1-3 Ñublense (F. Flores (SM) 4’, S. Montesinos (NU) 8’, A. Vásquez (NU) 17’, L. Concistre (NU) 90’)
U. San Felipe 0-2 S. Wanderers (S. Rusculleda (SW) 20’, N. Martínez (SW) 83’)
U. La Calera 3-2 Palestino (L. Simón (ULC) 5’, J. Viveros (PAL) 13’, B. Rodríguez (ULC) 33’ & 43′, N. Canales (PAL) 68’)
La Serena 4-0 Colo Colo (G. García (LS) 19′, M. Vidangossy (LS) 20′, C. Meneses (LS) 39′, J. Sánchez Sotelo (LS) 86′)
U. Española 3-1 O’Higgins (L. Monje (UE) 12′ & 19′, R. Estévez (UE) 21′, S. Pinto (OHI) 91′)
A. Italiano 1-1 Huachipato (C. Cortés (HU) 3′, F. Pereyra (AI) 33′)

Universidad de Chile 2-2 Iquique

La Serena 4-0 Colo Colo

Photo taken from terra.cl
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