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Published on July 21st, 2014 | by John Lyons

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Great start for Wanderers and Huachipato

Santiago Wanderers and Huachipato carved out the biggest wins of the weekend as the Apertura kicked off.
Wanderers showed Primera Division new-boys Barnechea what life in the top-flight is all about by beating them 3-0. It made it a winning start for new manager Emiliano Astorga.
His former Palestino striker Roberto Gutiérrez weighed in with two goals on his debut, while Jorge Luna scored a superb third to put the icing on the cake.
Huachipato also notched up a 3-0 victory, putting Ivo Basay´s Ñublense to the sword. Francisco Arrué opened the scoring with a 13th-minute thunderbolt before Lucas Simón and Martín Rodríguez wrapped things up.
Martín Lasarte´s reign as Universidad de Chile boss got off to a dream start as they beat Cobresal 3-1 at Santa Laura. With Gustavo Canales pulling the strings on his return, Matías Corujo, Sebastián Ubilla and Pato Rubio gave la U a 3-0 lead after just 34 minutes.
Even a consolation goal from Carlos Escobar at the death couldn´t take the shine off la U´s bright start.
Former Universidad Católica boss Lasarte said: “We went out with a lot of determination and we didn´t let Cobresal play their game.
“The first 45 minutes were intense and perhaps we paid for that a little bit physically in the second half. However, I´m very happy with the debut.”
Cobreloa earned a 2-1 win against Palestino at La Pintana thanks to goals from Diego Silva and Gustavo Cristaldo, while Facundo Sava´s O´Higgins, who had Yerson Opazo sent off, triumphed by the same score at Unión La Calera with efforts from Diego Chaves and Luis Valenzuela.
Unión Española battled to a hard-fought 1-0 win at Audax Italiano courtesy of a first-half Sebastián Jaime strike, while Universidad Católica also won by a single goal margin at home against Antofagasta. New signing Matías Cahais netted in the 11th minute.
There were two 1-1 draws in the opening weekend. Champions Colo Colo got proceedings underway with their draw at promoted San Marcos de Arica.
The hosts opened the scoring with an excellent Fernando Meza header, but Chilean international Esteban Paredes levelled things up from the penalty spot midway through the second half.
Meanwhile, Iquique and Universidad de Concepción finished all-square at the Tierra de Campeones. Gabriel Vargas put the visitors in front, but former Universidad de Chile man Francisco Castro equalised on 50 minutes.
Iquique held on for a point despite having to play the last half hour with ten men following the dismissal of Manuel Villalobos.

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