There were wins all round and goals galore in the eleventh round of the Apertura season as Universidad de Chile made it seven wins in a row whilst Cobreloa’s season went from bad to worse. There were also important wins to Unión Española, Iquique and Huachipato.
Unión Española got the confidence boost it needed going into its crucial Copa Libertadores match later in the week as they defeated Colo Colo 4-2 in the opening match of the round. With four of the game’s six goals coming in the last twelve minutes of the match it was los hispanos who finished the stronger with goals in 85th and 88th minutes to Diego Scotti and Fernándo Cordero respectively that proved to be the difference.
Saturday saw Rangers return to the winners list with a 2-0 victory over Unión La Calera whilst Iquique maintained its position in fourth with a 3-1 victory over La Serena. Goals to Luis Pedro Figueroa and Yerson Opazo saw O’Higgins keep in touch with league leaders Universidad de Chile as they defeated lowly Unión San Felipe 2-1. In the battle of the teams in the lower half of the table Univerisdad de Concepción defeated Palestino 2-0 whilst Audax Italiano continued its recent resurgence in form with a 2-1 away win to Antofagasta.
Huachipato moved to sixth position on the table with 2-0 win away to last placed Cobresal whilst at the other end of the table Universidad de Chile made it seven wins in a row with a 3-0 win over Santiago Wanderers. In the round’s last match Universidad Católica continued Cobreloa’s woeful season, compounding the resignation of Cobreloa manager Nelson Acosta with a 5-1 thumping. Star of the show was Felipe Gutiérrez with a brace.
Primera Division Campeonato de Apertura 2012, eleventh round
U. Española 4-2 Colo Colo (C. Muñoz (CC) 24’, M. Díaz (UE) 43’, E. Herrera (UE) 78’, E. Paredes (CC) 82’, D. Scotti (UE) 85’, F. Cordero (UE) 88’)
Rangers 2-0 U. La Calera (M. Caraglio (RAN) 20’, M. Gómez (RAN) 91’)
Iquique 3-1 La Serena (J. Grondona (IQQ) 23’, Á. Ramos (IQQ) 63’, J. Rebolledo (IQQ) 75’, M. López (LS) 88’)
O’Higgins 2-1 U. San Felipe (L.P. Figueroa (OHI) 22’, P. Vranjicán (USF) 31’ Y. Opazo (OHI) 55’)
U. Concepción 2-0 Palestino (M. Lepe (UDC) 69´, R. Ramos (UDC) 75´)
Antofagasta 1-2 A. Italiano (G. Rodríguez (AI) 9’ & 24′, P. Gutiérrez (ANT) 64’)
Cobresal 0-2 Huachipato (B. Rodríguez (HU) 54’, M. Villalobos (HU) 72’)
U. de Chile 3-0 S. Wanderers (Á. Henríquez (UCH) 24’, J. Fernandes (UCH) 51’, E. Hernández (UCH) 89’)
U. Católica 5-1 Cobreloa (R. Ovelar (UC) 7’, F. Gutiérrez (UC) 24’ & 61′, C. Milla (CBA) 73’, E. Leal (UC) 79’, D. Gazale (UC) 83’)
Unión Espanola 4-2 Colo Colo
Universidad de Concepción 2-0 Palestino
Cobresal 0-2 Huachipato
Universidad de Chile 3-0 Santiago Wanderers
Universidad Católica 5-1 Cobreloa