It was a difficult start to the 2013 edition of the Copa Sudamericana with only Colo Colo being the only one out of the four teams competing to pick up a win in the first leg of their first round matches. Meanwhile Universidad Católica and Cobreloa both shared the spoils in their matches whilst Universidad de Chile suffered the only loss.
Marco Antonio Figueroa’s start to life in charge of Universidad de Chile hasn’t got any easier after his side went down 3-1 to Bolivian side Real Potosi in the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana clash. Despite taking the lead in the ninth minute courtesy of Juan Rodrigo Rojas, who was the beneficiary of some excellent build up play from Gustavo Lorenzetti it was the Bolivian side who finished the much stronger side in the high altitude conditions.
Real Potosi’s goals came from Iván Zerda, Maximiliano Andrada and Nicolás Bubas in the 25th, 58th and 64th minutes respectively and could have had a fourth if it wasn’t for the heroics of Johnny Herrera who saved a Ariel Aragón penalty shortly after the half time interval. La U will look to overcome their two goal deficit next week Tuesday.
Real Potosi 3-1 Universidad de Chile
Meanwhile Colo Colo managaer Gustavo Benítez made a good start to his continental career with los albos as they defeated El Tanque Sisley 1-0 in Montevideo on Wednesday night. The only goal of the game came courtesy of Javier Toledo in the 26th minute who got on the end of a Gonzalo Fierro pass. The visitors could have added to their tally but had a penalty waved away in the 55th minute when Mauro Olivi was brought down in the area. The return leg will be played in the Estadio Monumental next Wednesday.
El Tanque Sisley 0-1 Colo Colo
Later on Wednesday night Universidad Católica drew one-all with Paraguayan side Cerro Porteño in one of the matches of the first round of the Copa Sudamericana in the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquimbo. The visitors were first on the scoresheet in the 31st minute when Matías Corujo headed home a Guillermo Beltran cross after Católica goalkeeper Cristopher Toselli was caught well out of position. Toselli’s blushes were saved somewhat in the 70th minute as Cristián Alvarez headed home a Tomas Costa free kick. The return leg will be played next Wednesday night in Asuncion and los cruzados will need to find some of the form that saw them progress to the semi-finals of this competition last year if they are to have any chance of moving onto the next round.
Universidad Católica 1-1 Cerro Porteño
Chile’s fourth and final participant in this year’s Copa Sudamericana is Cobreloa and they faced a difficult task in the form of Uruguayan giants Peñarol at “home” in the Estadio Bicentenario Calvo y Bascuñán. In the end the match finished scoreless but Cobreloa had the better chances of the two teams but poor finishing and the sending off of Diego Reynoso in the 53rd minute. Their best chance to break the deadlock came in the 77th minute when Pablo González’s deflected goal bound effort was saved by the outstretched arm of former Colo Colo goalkeeper Juan Castillo.
For the visitors their best chance came three minutes later when Cobreloa goalkeeper Sebastián Contreras got a finger tip or two on a Marcelo Zalayeta effort to deflect it onto the post. Fortunately for the home side they were able to get to the rebound before their opponents and clear the ball to safety. Next week’s return leg takes place in the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo with Cobreloa facing an uphill task to progress to the next stage of the competition.
Cobreloa 0-0 Peñarol