The draw for the 2012 Copa Chile was made on Tuesday with the teams from the qualifying rounds joining the 18 Primera Divisón in eight groups of four teams. The groups were split regionally adding extra interest to the group games.
GRUPO 1: Puerto Montt, Unión Temuco, Iberia, Universidad de Concepción
GRUPO 2: Deportes Concepción, Lota Schwager, Ñublense, Huachipato
GRUPO 3: Colchagua, San Antonio Unido, Rangers, O’Higgins
GRUPO 4: Magallanes, Audax Italiano, Unión Española, Universidad Católica
GRUPO 5: Barnechea, Unión San Felipe, Palestino, Colo Colo
GRUPO 6; Santiago Morning, Unión La Calera, Santiago Wanderers, Universidad de Chile
GRUPO 7: Trasandino, Coquimbo Unido, Deportes La Serena, Cobresal
GRUPO 8; Arica, Deportes Iquique, Antofagasta, Cobreloa
The Copa commences on the 8th of August.
Universidad Católica are the current holders.
If you have ever seen the ease at which Marcelo Díaz’s plays it will be of no surprise that he has seamlessly fitted into life at new club Basel, current holder of the Swiss Super League.
He played in both legs of Basel’s Champions League second-round qualifying triumph over Estonian’s Flora Tallinn. The first was a 2-0 away victory before finishing the scoring in the 3-0 return-leg win last night with a curling free-kick from 30 yards.
Nicolás Canales was also in action last night in the Champions League qualifiers for his new Azerbaijan side Neftci Baku. Canales was on target in the the 3-0 first-leg win. Qualification was secured with a draw in Georgia against Zestafoni, however the Chilean wasn’t on target, the game finishing 2-2.
Another departure from the Primera played for his new club yesterday, but this time in a friendly. French champions Montpellier won 3-0 against Sporting Kansas City, Herrera netting a double.
The two videos were found on the excellent Chilean football website Ferplei.
And finally . . .
Universidad de Chile goalkeeper Jhonny Herrera is best known for his brilliance between the sticks, a dominating presence and his opinions about La U, rivals Colo Colo and Chilean national team boss Claudio Borghi. And now, after an Adidas promotion video, we can add the ability to ‘score a goal from across a river’ to that list; a feat that fellow players from the Primera failed to achieve.
Charged with kicking the ball from one side of the Rio Mapocho to the other while trying to find the back of the goal set up on the opposite side.
(N.B. I’d advise muting the video unless you are a ‘System of a Down’ enthusiast.)
Cobreloa won 1-0 in their Copa Sudamericana first phase first-leg tie, defeating Tacuary in Paraguay. I will have a round-up of the Chilean involvement in the Sudamericana on the site later in the week, after O’Higgins have played their tie with Tacuary’s fellow Paraguayans Cerro Porteño.