Big three all win in first week of playoffs

Chile’s three biggest clubs all won the first legs of the quarter-final matches albeit in remarkably manners whilst Cobreloa also won their opening tie. The promotion ties are evenly poised after their first leg with all four teams still in with a chance of partaking in the Primera Division next year.

Colo Colo started their playoff campaign with a bang defeating La Serena 6-2 in the Estadio La Portada in the first match of the weekend with Esteban Paredes and Lucas Wilchez both scoring braces. With the advantage going to the higher ranked team in the playoffs La Serena face an uphill task to get past los albos.

In the weekend’s second match Universidad Católica defeated Audax Italiano 3-1 in front of their home fans with goals from Hans Martinez, Mirovan Mirosevic and Pablo Calandria. However as los italianos finished higher on the table they only need to win by two clear goals in the return leg to progress through to the semi-finals, which will make for an interesting match.

On Sunday Cobreloa defeated Unión La Calera 1-0 with a Bryan Cortés goal in the thirtieth minute giving them the advantage going into the return leg on their home turf next weekend. In the weekend’s last quarter final match Universidad de Chile needed a 92nd minute winner from Gabriel Vargas to maintain their unbeaten run for the season with a 1-0 winner over a gallant Unión Española, who had a goal controversially ruled out in the 81st minute.

In the promotion playoffs there were two 1-0 results with Santiago Wanderers grabbing the advantage on the road against Naval de Talcahuano with Sebastian Rusculleda scoring the 89th minute winner. In the other promotion playoff Everton defeated Unión San Felipe 1-0 courtesy of an 63rd minute goal from Adrián Rojas.

Primera Division Campeonato de Clausura 2011, quarter finals, first leg

La Serena 2-6 Colo Colo  (G. García (LS) 2′, E. Paredes (CC) 11′ & 57′, L. Wilchez (CC) 18′ & 27′, D. Pezzarossi (LS) 25′, R. Gutiérrez (CC) 72′, C. Muñoz (CC) 90′)
U. Católica 3-1 A. Italiano  (H. Martínez (UC) 27′, M. Mirosevic (UC) 41′, S. Silva (AI) 65′, P. Calandria (UC) 92′)
U. La Calera 0-1 Cobreloa (B. Cortés (CBA) 30’)
U. Española 0-1 U. de Chile (G. Vargas (UCH) 92′)

Promotion playoffs, first leg

Naval 0-1 S. Wanderers  (S. Rusculleda (SW) 89’)
Everton 1-0 U. San Felipe  (A. Rojas (EVE) 63′)

La Serena 2-6 Colo Colo

Photo taken from terra.cl
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