It was a busy evening for Chilean clubs spread across three competitions last night. Universidad de Chile returned to domestic business, the Copa Chile group stage got under way with eight matches and O’Higgins went to Paraguay looking for progression to the second round of the Copa Sudamericana.
It turned into an interesting evening with La U and Palestino sharing five goals, four Primera División teams losing to lower league opposition and O’Higgins well beaten.
O’Higgins taught a lesson
After a manic first-leg where they took the lead before scrambling to a 3-3 draw at home to illustrious Paraguayan opponents, Cerro Porteño, O’Higgins could not follow Cobreloa into the next round of the Copa Sudamericana.
Instead Eduardo Berizzo’s side were subjected to a painful evening where further defensive mistakes played a prominent part. Two goals within as many minutes at the start of the game effectively killed the game as a contest. Nelson Saavedra saw red in the second half and the Paraguayans added a further two goals towards the end of the game.
La U troubled by Palestino but win
Due to participation in the Apertura final and Suruga Bank Championship Universidad de Chile were playing the first of three games in hand as they faced unbeaten Palestino.
Defeat to Kashima Antlers in Japan led to some criticism of the recent signings after most failed to impress. Meanwhile Palestino had positioned themselves well in the Clausura having only conceded one goal in the opening four games.
The Árabes started well looking to move the ball quickly to the front players and in behind La U’s back three backing up goalkeeper, Felipe Nuñez’s claims that they would not sit off La U and tamely surrender to defeat. Jhonny Herrera had to be alert more than once to keep Palestino at bay while Gastón Filgueira hit the bar with free-kick.
With the midfield triumvirate of Ezequiel Videla, Guillermo Marino and Gustavo Lorenzetti slowly feeling their way into the game and penetration from wide areas provided by Matías Rodríguez and the indefatigable Eugenio Mena La U began to take control. And it wasn’t long before Rodríguez has Los Azules ahead before Lorenzetti added a simple second after great work from Videla.
Mena made it three shortly after the commencement of the second half, set-up by silky inter-changing between Marino and Lorenzetti.
The score line was harsh on Palestino who, in terms of possession and attacking endeavour, acquitted themselves well, and to their credit they responded by making the game closer than Jorge Sampaoli would have liked, scoring two goals in the last half an hour.
The 18 Primera División teams enter the second round phase of the Copa Chile where they join the teams that progressed from the first round to form eight groups of four, split regionally.
The first eight games were played last night and surprisingly only one of the six Primera teams that took part emerged victorious.
Cobresal and Rangers, both unbeaten in the Clausura, fell to defeats to Tercera A (fourth-tier) sides while Deportes La Serena and Santiago Wanderers were defeated by Primera B teams. Unión Española drew 2-2 with Magallanes wit Eduardo Lobos once again among the scorers. Huachipato were the only Primera team to win, beating Ñublense 2-0.
Results: Lota Schwager 1-2 Deportes Concepción, Magallanes 2-2 Unión Española, Cobresal 0-1 Trasandino, Puerto Montt 1-1 Unión Temuco, Ñublense 0-2 Huachipato, Colchagua 2-0 Rangers, Santiago Wanderers 1-2 Santiago Morning, Coquimbo Unido 1-0 Deportes La Serena