It was almost draws all round in the third round of the Apertura season with six out of the round’s nine matches ending with the points shared with only Santiago Wanderers, O’Higgins and Antofagasta picking up all three points.
The weekend’s first match between Universidad de Chile and Iquique on Friday night was suspended by referee Patricio Polic eight minutes into the second half after a series of fireworks were thrown onto the pitch most of them landing in Iquique’s half. As for the match itself Raúl Ruidíaz opened the scoring in the fifteenth minute for the home side before Iquique’s Rodrigo Brito equalised fourteen minutes later.
Saturday saw four matches that all ended in draws with all of them having goals that were scored in the dying moments of the match. The latest of these goals was Pablo Pallante’s 94th minute penalty for Cobresal which saw them share the points with Colo Colo. In the day’s other matches Unión La Calera drew 1-1 with Palestino with Huachipato and La Serena along with Audax Italiano and Cobreloa also sharing the points with same scoreline. Like their northern rivals, Cobreloa had to rely on a late goal with Felipe Flores equalising in the 91st minute after Audax Italiano had opened the scoring in the first minute courtesy of Gabriel Rodríguez. This was after los italianos had spent the more than an hour playing with ten men after Christian Martínez picked up his second yellow card in the 25th minute.
Sunday saw all the weekend’s three wins as Santiago Wanderers continued their good early season form with a 3-2 win over Rangers courtesy of 89th minute goal from Michael Silva. Following that newly promoted Antofagasta picked up their first win of the season with a 2-1 win over Universidad de Concepción and O’Higgins brought Unión Española’s recent run of good form to an end with a 2-0 defeat. The weekend’s final match saw Universidad Católica’s recent run of poor form continue as they shared the points with Unión San Felipe in a 1-1 draw. Both goals came in the last twenty with los cruzados‘ Michael Ríos opening the scoring in the 70th minute before Lihué Prichoda equalised for this visitors in the 86th minute.
Primera Division Campeonato de Apertura 2012, third round
U. de Chile 1-1 Iquique (R. Ruidíaz (UCH) 15′, R. Brito (IQQ) 29′) – match suspended
U. La Calera 1-1 Palestino (N. Canales (PAL) 45’, L.I. Quinteros (ULC) 84’)
Cobresal 2-2 Colo Colo (R. Millar (CC) 3′ & 63′, M.Á. Cuéllar (CBS) 10′, P. Pallante (CBS) 94′)
Huachipato 1-1 La Serena (J. Fernández (LS) 40’, J. Rossi (HU) 88’)
A. Italiano 1-1 Cobreloa (G. Rodríguez (AI) 1’, F. Flores (CBA) 91’)
Rangers 2-3 S. Wanderers (S. Ubilla (SW) 40’ & 61′, M. Caraglio (RAN) 53’ & 78′, M. Silva (SW) 89’)
Antofagasta 2-1 U. Concepción (F. Martel (ANT) 40’, G. Vargas (UDC) 52’, D. Ruiz (ANT) 53’)
U. Española 0-2 O’Higgins (R. Fernández (OH) 61’, L.P. Figueroa (OH) 69’)
U. Católica 1-1 U. San Felipe (M. Ríos (UC) 70′, L. Prichoda (USF) 86′)
Universidad de Chile 1-1 Iquique
Cobresal 2-2 Colo Colo
Huachipato 1-1 La Serena
Audax Italiano 1-1 Cobreloa