Cobreloa were the first team to confirm progression to the second-round of the Copa Sudamericana with a 3-2 aggregate win over Tacaury of Paraguay. However after going into the second-leg in Calama with a 1-0 lead and then increasing their aggregate advantage to 3-0 with just over half an hour remaining the Zorros del Desierto (Desert Foxes) were made to suffer, conceding two goals within 15 minutes of going three ahead.
Despite not reaching the quality of performance the team, their coach, Javier Torrente, or the fans expect Cobreloa were in control of the match and appeared comfortable. Cristián Canío scored on the stroke of half-time and then set up Marcos Pol for Cobreloa’s second on the night but their defence imploded and in the end nervously hung on to the result, much to the annoyance of the home crowd.
Instead of doing a report which will pretty much cover everything in the highlights below, here are three talking points from the game:
- Despite, at times, being a divisive character off the pitch, Cristián Canío can be as decisive on it. Now 29, Canío has had spells as both Universidad de Chile and Colo Colo and it is easy to see why with his performance last night. Given freedom behind the workmanlike Marcos Sol he influenced proceedings with his dribbling ability and noose of moving into the space where he can hurt the opposition. He opened the scoring with a well-taken shot from close range before, on the counter-attack, expertly bringing down a long ball out the sky and curling in a perfect cross for Sol’s headed goal.
- In addition to Canío Cobreloa do possess players that suggest the Mineros should be doing better in the Clausura; namely Marcos Pol and Patricio Troncoso. On first viewing of Pol he appears to be a hard-working number nine who is happy to take the knocks and do the running for more gifted and creative players such as Canío and José Luis Díaz. 20-year-odl Troncoso scored the winning goal in the first leg and impressed in the first half coming in off the left-hand side, rivalling Canío as Cobreloa’s most dangerous player; possessing skill and acceleration.
- Questions need not only be asked of the defence but also the mentality of the team. Cruising into the next round with around half an hour remaining a soft goal transformed Cobreloa from a comfortable, confident team into a nervous and panicky side. Sebastián Roco, so dominant in the air, showed his weakness on the deck, being turned in and out by substitute Ramón Cardozo before the Paraguayan squeezed his shit past Sebastián Contreras too easily. For the second it was even messier defending; Cristian Suarez, a defender turning his back on a cross. Analysing Cobreloa’s past 20 results only two have been decided by more than two goals. It signifies that the team are a tight unit but a more positive attitude would have seen a better return than the six wins from those 20 games.