Copa Sudamericana 2013: A week of mixed fortunes

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It was week of mixed fortunes for Chilean sides in the Copa Sudamericana second round with only Universidad Católica picking up a win in a dominant performance in the first leg of their ties. For Cobreloa, Universidad de Chile and Colo Colo things are evenly poise after the first who held to draws and the latter suffered a narrow loss.

Universidad Católica’s good form in the Copa Sudamericana continued as they defeated Ecuadorian side Emelec 4-0 in the first leg held at the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquimbo on Tuesday night. In what was a dominant display helped very much by the fact that their opponents played more than half the game with only nine men on the pitch after the sending offs of John Narváez (36’) and Oswaldo Lastra in the 36th and 41st minutes respectively. It was three second half goals to Cristián Alvarez, Nicolás Castillo and Matías Jadue combined with Fernando Meneses 28th minute opener that has given los cruzados a big advantage going into next week’s return leg in Guayaquil.

Universidad Católica 4-0 Emelec

Meanwhile the tie between Cobreloa and Colombian side La Equidad is evenly poised after the first leg finished 0-0 in Bogota on Wednesday night with chances for both teams few and far between. The return leg will take place next Thursday in the Estadio Calvo y Bascuñan.

La Equidad 0-0 Cobreloa

Universidad de Chile up and down performances in the tournament continued after they drew one-all with Ecuadorian side Independiente de Valle in the Estadio Nacional. Isaac Díaz continued his recent goal scoring run with the opener in the 42nd minute before Henry León grabbed an important equaliser for the visitors in the 61st minute. That goal could come in very handy come next week when the return leg is played in Ecuador.

Universidad de Chile 1-1 Independiente de Valle

After picking up their first win in the league on the weekend Colo Colo were unable to repeat the dose in the Copa Sudamericana as they went down 1-0 to Colombian side Deportivo Pasto. It was a Mauricio Mina goal in the eighteenth minute that proved to be the difference between the two sides that faced off in the Estadio Departmental Libertad but the tie is still evenly poised going into next week’s second leg in the Estadio Monumental.

Deportivo Pasto 1-0 Colo Colo

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