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By ESPN Staff

Universidad Catolica thrash newcomers 8-2

SANTIAGO, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Argentine midfielder Dario Bottinelli scored twice on his debut as Universidad Catolica thrashed newly-promoted Santiago Morning 8-2 in their opening match of Chile's Apertura championship.

Strikers Hector Tapia and Luis Nunez also scored two apiece on Sunday in a victory that Santiago Morning coach Jose Basualdo said was a wake-up call for his side.

'We were lucky not to come away with an even bigger defeat. This team is still thinking it is in the second division,' said former Argentine international Basualdo.

The high-scoring match also produced a double dismissal when Catolica striker Jose Ailton Da Silva and Santiago Morning defender Cristian Febre were given their marching orders.

Universidad de Chile scraped a 2-1 win over Deportes Concepcion in a match played in an empty stadium as punishment for crowd disorder involving Universidad de Chile fans last year.

Universidad captain Marcelo Salas and Argentine midfielder Walter Montillo were on target.

Chile's most popular club Colo Colo also made a bright start, coasting to a 3-0 win at Osorno.