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Francisco Longa | agency UN
In 1994, the Croats lost the championship to the University of Chile after having led all year.
Until date 28, the scenario was similar. The Catholic University has remained firm as a candidate for the title and has resisted the constant siege of the University of Concepción, which had loosened in the last tranche. For its part, despite a bitter season, Universidad de Chile had climbed positions in the final straight to second place, moving even to the UdeC, which closed the first half as a leader.
Thus, the ghost began to reappear. Néstor Raúl Gorosito, one of the bards of this bitter memory, lamented in an interview with La Tercera: "I hope not to repeat the scandal and shame of 94," he admitted.
But scare lasted only a couple of days. Although the championship will be defined at the weekend, on the 29th, which had an infall closure with three games simultaneously, the options for repeating this story were dissipated.
The Catholic University was at the point of calling the Chilean soccer champion after defeating O Higgins 1-0. For its part, Universidad de Chile signed a pale tie without goals against Sports Iquique and went down the fight for the title, yielding the second option at the University of Concepción, which doubled to San Luis de Quillota in the Esther Roa Rebolledo.
UC caresses the title
The goal came from José Pedro Fuenzalida at the close of the first half, with which he made sure to reach the final date with three points more than Universidad de Concepción.
"We're going to think about winning, we're just one step away, but we're the last stretch to achieve what we want so much" and to crown the work all year round, said Argentine forward Diego Buonanotte, Team at the end of the game.
Crossed followers celebrated victory with euphoria and confident that the Olympic lap will arrive on the last date. You have to face Esports Temuco for a visit, but even a tie will allow you to raise the title.
While the scenario is auspicious, winning was not easy for the competition unit. The visiting visitor, led by Marc Antonio Figueroa, gave a tough battle, especially in the initial 45 minutes. However, it almost always failed in the last pass. On the other hand, Miguel Pinto was sentenced to a penalty by Luciano Aued.
With this triumph led by Beñat Sant Josep reached 58 points. The only team that can drown the cross-celebration is Universidad de Concepción, who won 55 in overcoming Sant Lluís. Although in the following date the Campanil in theory will have a difficult task of visit: Colo Colo.
For his part, O & # 39; Higgins reached 38 units and stayed in ninth place, with the hope of taking seventh place in the Spanish Union, which now holds the last contingent in the South American Cup.
UdeC ready for the coup
They will fight for the title until the last day. Also from the premises, the UdeC did its work before the body. With goals from Walter Ponce and Francisco Portillo, the South defeated San Luis and sentenced him to play in the second division next year.
Francisco Bozán's pupils opened their account at the first minute of the match, after a downhill center in the hot-line area.
The rivals, besides the blow for the early goal, suffered the expulsion of their archer Ignacio González, at 20 minutes, after cutting their hands with an advance from those of the Campanile. On his replacement, he was the exporter of the University of Chile, Nelson Espinoza.
With 10 players, the game was made upfront for the visitors who, in addition, at the close of the first fraction, saw Francisco Portillo score 2-0 with a clear header.
With this result, Universidad de Concepción reached 55 points and is the only one that will have the option to play the title against the UC (58 points) in the last day.
Sant Lluís, on the other hand, remained with 23 units at the bottom of the table, becoming the first descent to the First B 2019.
O. de Chile outside the fight
When he had to take the final step, he was not at the height. University of Chile played a bad game and barely equaled goals against an orderly Sports Iquique, which took the chances of taking the National Championship to the unit in the last minute.
In front of a National Stadium with more than 45 thousand spectators, the Frank Kudelka squad showed the shortcomings he had managed to hide in the last few days and looked helplessly against a rival who officially signaled his permanence in the First Division. Zafó of the descent already signed by Sant Lluís and who will also split a second team: Everton, Palestine or Deportes Temuco.
Sports Iquique had some approaches to the rival arc, in the first stage of very low level. Some approaches of Rolón and Pernía marked a bit of emotion in the areas, although without that they meant real risk for De Paul.
In the second half, Kudelka bet on David Pizarro's entry time, trying to give more game in the middle of the blue field. An idea that could not be carried out, since the Dragons could control without problems the attacks of the premises, that were product of some Vaz patriarch – of the few rescatables in the university picture – or an attempt of Overflow of Rodríguez and Beausejour along the sides. Little for a team that wanted to go for the title.
In the meantime, out of every dispute, Saturday Colo Colo beat Huachipato by 2-1. Gabriel Torres opened the account at 36 minutes, but the Popular turned it with scores from Óscar Opazo (60) and Iván Morales (77) and, despite the weak campaign, he secured a place in the South Cup American of the next year.
But despite the fact that both were out of the equation, the definition was red: defeat of the Crusaders and a UdeC victory would equate points to both teams and would oblige to play an end to define the champion.
Results of the date
Audax Italian-Curicó Unit 4-1
Huachipato-Colo Colo 1-2
D. Antofagasta-Unión Española 1-1
Union La Calera-Esports Temuco 0-1
O. de Chile-D. Iquique 0-0
O. de Concepció-Sant Lluís 2-0
U. Catholic-O'Higgins 1-0