The Santiago club parts ways with its tenth manager in five years.
Omar Labruna’s reign as Colo Colo manager came to an end Wednesday evening, as the club’s hierarchy finally lost patience after a disappointing start to the season. Hugo González was promoted from youth team manager to take control of the side on an interim basis.
Unión Española assumes the league lead after a win of their own.
Ñublense 2-1 Cobresal
In the first half of this match, it seemed as if this year’s league bottomfeeder Cobresal might just have a chance to pull off its first win. The game was close with both teams splitting midfield possession nearly evenly before Cobresal opened things up with a goal from Hans Salinas in the 35th minute. Cobresal would carry that lead into the locker room for the break.
The Chilean side from Talcahuano secures a 1-1 draw that lifts them off the bottom of their Copa Libertadores group.
Despite being under pressure from the home side for much of this encounter, Huachipato salvaged an important draw against Brazilian giants Fluminense. A calamitous error from the Chilean side’s goalkeeper Nery Veloso led to a 29th minute penalty, from which Fred converted the game’s opening goal. Huachipato evened things up after 70 minutes when Nicolás Nuñez finished powerfully from close range after a dazzling piece of skill from Francisco Arrué.
Universidad de Chile claimed a 2-1 win in Rosario in an eventful match-up with Newell’s Old Boys.
Universidad de Chile seems to represent the country’s best hope of Copa Libertadores success this season after an important away victory in which, particularly in the first half, they showcased perhaps their most balanced performance yet under new coach Darío Franco.
Universidad de Chile, Iquique and Huachipato all face difficult away trips in an effort to kick-start their so-far underwhelming Copa Libertadores campaigns.
Newell’s Old Boys vs. Universidad de Chile (March 5, 7:45 p.m.)
La U currently lies at the bottom of Group 7, but with all four teams claiming one win after their first two games, their Copa Libertadores fortunes remain far from decided. As such, manager Darío Franco told La Tercera that “this game is not vital. All the remaining games in the Cup are important.”
Six teams within touching distance of the lead after thrilling sixth week of the Apertura tournament.
Cobreloa 4-2 Universidad Católica
In what was possibly the week’s most important match, fans watched late drama unfold in the Atacama Desert as Cobreloa found two late goals to snatch the home win against league-leading Universidad Católica.
Chilean champions brought effort, but were not rewarded.
Huachipato lost its second game in a row to Brazilian side Fluminense in the Copa Libertadores on Wednesday night. The 2-1 defeat narrows the chances for the Chilean champions to advance to the next round.